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IN MEMORIAM: Doris M. Gay, 88;

Active In Richfield Church 40 Years

Doris Gay

RICHFIELD SPRNGS – Doris M. Gay, 88, an active member of the Richfield Springs Baptist Church for 40 years, passed away Friday, March 29, 2019, at Bassett Hospital.

She was born on April 28, 1930, in Ilion, the daughter of Dawes J. Dunham and Winifred (Scouten) Dunham and attended Ilion High School.

On May 1, 1948, she was united in marriage to Ernest “Ernie” M. Gay.  They resided for many years in the Town of Columbia, Chenango County.  He passed away Feb. 16, 1999.

As an active member of the Richfield Springs Bible Church, she sent many cards on behalf of the church family over the years.

Surviving family members include her daughters and sons-in-law, Joyce and Don Urtz of Richfield Springs and Karen and William Schorer of Millers Mills; grandchildren, Wendy Urtz-Chapman and her husband, Bradlee, Melissa Hoage and Desiree Wentworth, William Shorer and his fiancée, Hillary; great-grandchildren, Bambi Chapman, Rock Chapman, Lillian Hoage and Zachary Hoage; sister and brother-in-law, June and Russell Hocking of Ilion; brother and sister-in-law, Daniel and Connie Dunham of Ilion; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was predeceased by her parents; husband; son, David Gay; and brothers, Richard and Dawes Dunham.

Calling hours will be 4 to 6 p.m., Thursday, April 4, at Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home’s original location at 102 West St., Ilion. A funeral service will follow at 6 p.m., at the funeral home with her nephew, the Rev. Dawes Dunham, officiating.

The family thanks the staff at Valley Health Services for the excellent care and compassion given to Doris.

Anyone wishing to share a memory of Doris, or add to her online memorial, may visit

In lieu of flowers, as an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to the Richfield Springs Bible Church, 17 Church St., Richfield Springs, NY 13439. Envelopes will also be available at the funeral home.

The family has entrusted all service arrangements and supervision to longtime friend and Funeral Director Don Applegate.


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