BELFAST - Winona Elizabeth Robinson Gay, 98, died peacefully, April 4, 2019 at Harbor Hill Nursing Home in Belfast. She was born September 17, 1920 at Dr. Silsby’s private Maternity Hospital in Rockland the only child of Bryan and Phyllis Robinson. Winona graduated as Valedictorian of her 1938 class at Warren Academy. She attended the University of Maine at Orono.
Winona married Walter Mayo Gay in July of 1939. The young couple lived in Norridgewock where Walter was principal of the high school. It was wartime and in 1942, the couple moved to Portland so Walter could work in the shipyard there. In 1945, the family moved to Rockland where they lived until 1985 when they moved to Thomaston to care for Winona’s parents. While in Rockland, Winona was active as a Girl Scout Leader in the 50’s and 60’s. She was a member of the Rockland Women’s Club, The “Odds and Ends” of Rockland Congregational Church and the Evening Extension Service. Win had an active antique and collectibles business later in life.
Mrs. Gay was predeceased by her husband Walter Mayo Gay and her parents Bryan and Phyllis Robinson. Winona Gay leaves behind three daughters, Pamela Gay Donehower of Middleburg, VA; Rosalyn Gay and her husband Arthur F. von der Linden of Meredith, NH and Hilton Head, SC and Tracy Gay and her husband Michael Aho of Somerville, MA and Jefferson, ME. She is also survived by her cousin, Willard (Bill) Robinson of Vernon, CT and Cushing.
Mrs. Gay will be cremated and her ashes buried next to her husband and her parents at Oak Hill Cemetery, Camden.
A Memorial Service will be held at the Rockland Congregational Church on Friday August 23 at 11:00 AM.
Arrangements are in the care of Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock Street, Rockland.