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Elizabeth (Betty) K. Gay Elizabeth Katherine Hawkins Gay, 96, beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother passed, June 18, 2011. Born June 13, 1915, Kalamazoo, Michigan, Betty graduated from Milwaukee County School of Nursing in 1937. She married Daniel Gay, November 11, 1939. Two children were born before they moved to Texas, in 1948, to realize their dream of starting a roller skating business. Their third child was born. In Temple, they owned and operated Gay's Skateland. In 1954, the family moved to Austin, building the Capitol Roll Arena and started a rental property business. During the 1960's, Betty worked as a Registered Nurse at the UT Health Center where she made lifelong friends. Raised during The Great Depression, Betty wasted nothing and looked for ways to help others. She was a dedicated volunteer at church, Faith Food Pantry and delivered Meals-On-Wheels. Betty loved gardening, sharing her vegetables with all. She was a long-time member of St. John's United Methodist Church and Anna women's circle. Betty gave all to her family and grandchildren and left many wonderful memories. Betty is survived by her son, Robert and wife Cindy; daughter, Susan Bridges and husband Charles; daughter, Nancy Nouzovsky and husband Libor; grandchildren, Brian and wife April, Kathryn and husband Enrique, Anna, and Helena; great-grandchildren, Michael, Chris, Ki-Ke, Madison, Natalia, Margaret and Ava; cousins Mary Becker and Nancy Eichsteadt, nieces and nephews. Thank you to The Renaissance, friends, Christopher House, and all who lovingly cared for her. Betty is preceded in death by her husband of 68 years, Dan; parents; brothers Robert, Jack; and great granddaughter. In lieu of flowers, donations to St. John's UMC or the charity of your choice. Memorial service, Sunday, July 17, 3:00 p.m., St. John's United Methodist Church, 2141 Allandale Road.
Published in Austin American-Statesman from July 10 to July 17, 2011
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