Gay Marie Foster Meyers

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August 8, 2011

Gay Marie Foster Meyers, 63, of Nuangola, died Monday night, August 8, 2011, at home after a courageous fight with Alzheimer's disease. Born March 6, 1948, in Carbondale, she was a daughter of the late Ronald and Roberta (Becker) Foster. She was a 1970 graduate of Lock Haven State College, having received a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education and Health, a 1976 graduate of Wilkes University, having received a Master of Science degree in Education, and a 1994 graduate of Bloomsburg University, having received a Master of Science degree in Early Childhood Education. Prior to her retirement in 2003, she had been employed at Wilkes University for 33 years. She started her career at Wilkes as an assistant professor in the Department of Physical Education where she also served as an Intramural Director, Ski Club Advisor and Head Field Hockey Coach. She also started the women's varsity basketball and softball programs. She later worked as an associate professor for the Department of Education and served as Acting Chairperson in the fall of 1999. Gay was very involved in university and community service affairs. She was very passionate about issues concerning social welfare, diversity, education and athletics. A few of the committees she served on or chaired included Student Life, Athletics and Media Committee; Hall of Fame Committee; Teacher Education Committee; Aids Awareness Committee; NEPA Diversity Education Consortium; Human Diversity Initiative Committee; Planning Committee for Racial Summit "99"; several Middle States Review Committee's; Six College Diversity Conference; and the Child Development Council of NEPA Board. She was a participant in several Excellence in Leadership Seminars and the education programs Learn to Link Grant. She organized Wilkes children's literature students in a reading program for students in the Wyoming Valley West School District, and designed and implemented a program for education students to teach physical education lessons in a classroom setting. Gay was a member of the Association for Childhood Education International, Kappa Delta Pi, Phi Delta Kappa and the Union Dale Presbyterian Church. She was nominated for the Carpenter Award, presented the 30 Year Service Award from Wilkes, and was most proud of her nomination for National Recognition as Advisor of the Year. In 2003, she was inducted into the Wilkes Athletics Hall of Fame. In 2010, she received the prestigious Wilkes Athletics Ancestral Colonels Award, and on August 21, she will be inducted into the Wyoming Valley Sports Hall of Fame. She is survived by one daughter, Lee Meyers Pollaro, M.D., and husband, Vincent, of Wellsboro; her partner of 25 years, Eileen Sharp of Nuangola; a grandson, Ethan Pollaro; four sisters, Sharon Lubasezwski of Union Dale, Bonnie Ahles of Australia, Kelly Coale and husband Chris, of Souderton, and Teri Green and husband Daniel, of Harveys Lake; two brothers, Jim Foster and wife Lin, of Plains, Mont., and Dale Foster and wife, Ruth, of Union Dale; as well as numerous nieces and nephews, as well as aunts and cousins. The funeral will be held at noon Monday from the Union Dale Presbyterian Church, State Route 2023, Union Dale, with the Rev. Arthur Dunham, of Manchester, Conn., officiating. Interment will be held in Union Dale Cemetery, Union Dale. Those attending the funeral should go directly to the church on Monday. Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Carmine J. & Louis C. Parise Funeral Home and Cremation Services Inc., Farview and 41st Streets, Carbondale. For directions, to send online condolences to the family, or to view her online memorial scrapbook, please visit . In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Gay's name to the of NEPA, 57 N. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre, PA. 18701; or the Union Dale Presbyterian Church, PO Box 15, Union Dale, PA 18470.

Published in Times Leader on Aug. 12, 2011
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