Gazelle Sally Gay of Pensacola, FL, formerly of St. Clair, MO, departed this life to be with her sweet Jesus, on September 19, 2011 in Pensacola, having reached the age of ninety-one years, one month and twenty-five days. Gazelle was born in Bryson City, NC on July 25, 1920, daughter of Ephraim Reagan and Nova Matilda Reagan nee Morrow. In 1938 she was united in marriage to Herman Reagan and one child came to bless this union. In January of 1955, she was united in marriage to Robert Julius Gay and their families were joined as one.
Gazelle is survived by her son, Bob Reagan and wife, Ann, of Pensacola; by five grandchildren, Barbara Laberer and husband, David, of Union, MO, Diane Munzlinger and husband, Kevin, of St. Clair, Robby Reagan of Washington, MO, John A. Behrens and wife, Tracy, of Gerald, MO and Julie Taylor and husband, Randall, of Pensacola; by one step-daughter, Maudine Bailey of St. Clair; by one step-granddaughter, Linda Christakos and husband, Tom, of St. Clair; by ten great-grandchildren, one step-great grandchild and six great-great-grandchildren; by nieces, nephews, great and great-great nieces and nephews, cousins, other relatives and many friends.
Gazelle was preceded in death by her parents, Ephraim and Nova Reagan; by her husbands, Herman Reagan and Robert Julius Gay; by her brother, Major Earl Reagan; and by one great-grandchild, Larry Saling, Jr.
Gazelle was a devoted and faithful Christian and a lifelong member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church in St. Clair and had recently visited Liberty Baptist Church in St. Clair. As a young woman she worked in the cotton mills in North Carolina. Later in her working years she was employed by both Deb Shoe Company in St. Clair and Brown Shoe Company in Union, MO. Gazelle loved to do embroidery and making quilts was a passion of hers. Many of her quilts are now cherished family heirlooms. Reading her Bible and praying was a priority of hers and she did so without fail. What meant the most to her was time spent with her family, especially her son and grandchildren, and many precious memories were created and will be forever cherished.
A kind and loving mother, mother-in-law, step-mother, grandmother, great and great-great grandmother, step-grandmother and great-grandmother, aunt, great and great-great aunt, cousin and treasured friend, she will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew and loved her.
Funeral services were held at 1:00 PM Friday, September 23, 2011 at Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair with the Brother Ron Redhage officiating. Interment was in the United Methodist Cemetery in St. Clair. Memorials may be made to The Salvation Army.