Gay Ann Simmons-Posey
Gay Ann Simmons-Posey Funeral services for Gay Ann Simmons-Posey will be held at First Baptist Church in Ruston, Louisiana, Friday, April 21, 2006 at 2:00 p.m. with Brother Chris Craig officiating. Burial will be in Pines Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Mrs. Simmons, 40, of Austin, Texas passed away Monday, April 17th, 2006 in a tragic cycling accident. Raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, Mrs. Simmons was born in Jonesboro, Louisiana on January 17, 1966 to Gaylon D. Simmons and Gloria Annette Turner. She attended Louisiana Tech University and graduated from Southern Methodist University with degrees in Political Science and English. She lived in Austin, Texas employed as Senior Human Resources Manager for Activant Solutions. Her hobbies included that of cycling, gardening, cooking, traveling, and spending time with friends and family. She is remembered for her outgoing personality, vivacious approach to life, unselfish attitude, and confidence to experience new things. She often participated in non-profit fundraising efforts for cancer research and multiple sclerosis annually riding in the MS 150 and Lance Armstrong Ride for the Roses. Mrs. Simmons touched many lives in such special ways that cannot be put into words. Her presence will be dearly missed but never forgotten. Gay's favorite saying is "Life is not about the breaths you take but the moments that take your breath away". Survivors include her husband of 13 years, James Ronald Posey, Jr.; her parents Gaylon D. Simmons and wife Denise and her mother Gloria Annette Turner; her brothers Scot D. Simmons and wife Lory and Chad E. Simmons; her brother-in-law Kent Reed and wife Alison; her four nephews Reid Simmons, Pearce Simmons, Justin Reed, Wesley Reed and niece Catherine Reed. Pallbearers will be Frank Mathews, Justin Reed, Kent Reed, Luis Rodriguez, James Odom, Jamie Shelton, Richard Lewis, Link Martin and Don McGehee. Visitation will take place on Thursday April 20, 2006 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Kilpatrick Funeral home in Ruston, Louisiana. Memorials may be made in the honor of Gay Simmons-Posey to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society at or Lance Armstrong Foundation /site/ c.jvKZLbMRIsG/b.695473/k.CE49/Donate.htm
Published by Austin American-Statesman on Apr. 20, 2006.
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Well today is your birthday, it's not a date on a calendar, it is a feeling in my heart that reminds me. I remember us young, fearless and ready for anything, I remember your smile and kind heart, I remember your warmth and light. I stopped to visit you the other day and you weren't there. I miss you more and more as time passes. I often get a glimpse of you on a busy street or a busy airport and it makes my heart stop, only if.

Happy Birthday Sweet Girl, See you before long.

January 17, 2020
forever.... Afriend
May 11, 2019
I miss you. Afriend
January 11, 2019
I miss you my friend, see you on the other side.
January 17, 2018
I miss you every day. Love you.. Til we meet in Heaven.
April 17, 2017
I miss you today and everyday, Happy Birthday Angel.
January 17, 2017
Happy Birthday my special Angel. I wish they had phones in Heaven, I sure could wish I could hear your voice today.
January 17, 2014
Hi Sweetie,

I hope things are good for you in heaven

September 11, 2013
I miss your beautiful laugh; thinking of you...still

April 30, 2013
still miss you like crazee sweet girl....
April 17, 2013
Hello sweetie, what I would do for a coffee and a conversation with you today, I miss you so much..

September 1, 2012
Hello Beautiful! I smile as I realize how many life's you continue to touch. I see you in a smile, another's eyes, the laugh of a stranger -- and I know you are right here. Thank you for all the gifts you brought into my life. You continue to remind me to live my life fully everyday. I love you sistah!

~ Marianne
April 25, 2012
It is so hard to believe its been six years already, I can still hear your voice in my head late at night when the world slows down. I miss you dearly and I yearn for a conversation with you.
Still Here
April 17, 2012
Hello Sweetie.....I miss you

February 15, 2012
Happy Birthday Sweet Heart. I miss you more than you can ever imagine. Only once in a lifetime do you ever have a chance to have a friend like you. I would give anything to have a few minutes to hear you laugh, hold your hand and hug your neck. See you on the other side.
your old friend
January 17, 2012
Merry x-mas gay

December 24, 2011
Hi there, Gay

February 22, 2011
another christmas..... and I miss your laugh

December 15, 2010
It may sound strange, but I always looked forward to the day after our visits together. Because it was on that day, I would get to go out in the world with more wisdom. "Some people walk in the rain... other just get wet!" I miss you.
a friend
March 10, 2010
Hi Gay, missing you

February 26, 2010
I miss you Gay, I always will

November 19, 2009
Gay, I think about you often. When the moon shines extra bright and extra full in my window some nights, I always know it is you.
Kris G
November 3, 2009
Wow, almost 3 years without seeing your beautiful smile! I really miss having a "Gay" conversation; which was always about you inquiring of the other person. i.e. me, my interests, my husband, boys, my life or whoever you were talking with but never focused on you!
Cindy and I had lunch a few weeks back, we spoke of you like you are still here in Austin; except we MISS you, Gay!
This year the wildflowers are almost as beautiful as YOU..........You would totally love the MS150 ride next week!
Karen Klecka
April 10, 2009
I know where you are now is better because of you, we miss you sweetie
February 17, 2009
Gay and I were on the dance team together in 1982 (it was my first year on the team and her second). For my first football game, I didn't have gloves and she gave me hers and she performed without gloves. She was always so kind and happy. I think of her often. I'm sorry the world lost such a good person.
Bridgette Raimer Levi
January 12, 2009
My sweet girl. I miss you so much. I don't think a day goes by that I don't "see" you. I'll love you always.
December 8, 2008
still hurts

I miss you
May 27, 2008
My mind is filled with so many moments you gave me that still take my breath away. I miss your friendship daily and feel so privileged to have had you so significantly in my life. I love you and I miss you.
April 17, 2008
Gay- you are my light still

Who has brought me thru so much even though you are not here...

even when i still thought you were here (and i just thought i had the wrong email address) :) u were just too bright for us...

my heart wells thinking of how you are not here to share your light but it is up to us to carry on...

i will be your legacy to the best of what I have been carry on your humanity and your good work...

it's been a while but your absence still tears my heart

your friend and friend, nicole

****Ron: We were blessed. You were blessed and one of your chosen destiny is to carry on Gay's light and I know you will shine and brighter combined. of course, i love you too...
Nicole Fowler
January 5, 2008
never will forget
September 1, 2007
Ron, I was so devastated to hear of Gay's tragic accident. Please accept my deepest sympathy and I will reach out to you personally very soon.

Love Lyndon
Lyndon Johnson
February 4, 2007
Happy Birthday my Angel
Old Friend
January 17, 2007
I miss you
August 30, 2006

I heard the very sad news from David Talley. You and Gay's family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Brett Barr
May 14, 2006
s s
May 13, 2006
I am so sorry about your loss. I know you will miss her so much. Turn to our Heavenly Father above for strength. I remember Gay always had a wonderful smile and one who always had such a positive outlook on life. If there is anything I can do, please let me know.

Your friend,

David Talley
David Talley
May 12, 2006

Jerry Wilkins let me know about your wife's death and I am truly sorry for you and her family. If there is anything I can do, please let me know Ron.
Mark Riser
May 11, 2006
I can't picture Gay when she wasn't smiling....try to keep that wonderful image in your daily thoughts. Take care!!
Jerry Wilkins
May 11, 2006
Ron and Gay's family,

I worked with Gay many years ago at Brice Foods. She was a delight, a ray of sunshine, and an inspiration.
Betty Rice
May 7, 2006
Ken Hoover
May 4, 2006
I used to always tell her "Gay, I am a better person from having known you". I probably told her that a hundred times. In all of my life I never felt the need to say that to anyone else. Funny thing is I am sure that she heard it all of the time.

To all of the friends and family of Gay let us all be very thankfull that we were so lucky to have her be a part of our lives and know that we still do have her in who each of us are today. I truly believe that Gay's magnificent spirit will live on among those she has touched.

As Gay would say "carpe-diem"
Ron Willoughby
May 2, 2006
Dear Ron and the Simmons Family,

I've just been told of this horrible tragedy. I am terribly shocked and saddened at the news. Despite all of this sadness, it makes me happy to see how many lives Gay touched during her time here with us. Even though it's been some time since we've seen each other, I still remember my sweet friend from when we were 12 year olds and all the silly things we did as teenagers. She grew to be a beautiful woman with an even more beautiful spirit, just as I would expect. Nothing will tarnish the memories and fondness I had for her.

Rob and I want you all to know you are in our family's prayers.

Jenny and Rob Rice
Jenny Hurd Rice
April 28, 2006
Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.
rochelle arnold
April 27, 2006
Our prayers are with you. Thank God for His grace and the the peace of God left by Jesus. JOHN 13:27
God bless you.
Michael Sevier
April 27, 2006
How much I enjoyed our morning talks at the gym. Such a wonderful and carefree women who touched everyone she was around. I felt as if an angel was in our mits when Gay was around. I will miss her dearly and Ron let us be there for you.
Glen Dawson
April 27, 2006
Ron and Family,

You are in my thoughts and prayers. Although I knew Gay only a short time through Spanish class, she was easy to know and love very quickly. God is with you during this difficult time.
Terri Luttrell
April 27, 2006
Ron, our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of grief.

Tony & Carol Casas
Tony Casas
April 26, 2006
Gay and Ron took my beginning Spanish class in the fall. They offered their home to us for the class. Gay was such a doll, and I know that the two of them were truly in love. We should all be so lucky. I wish these words were enough. Ron, please know that I am thinking of you.
Emily Groves
April 26, 2006
Dear Simmons/Posey Family,
No words can truly express how sad I feel about the loss of beautiful, sweet Gay. My heart goes out to you as I sit here crying, trying to find the right words. Funny how words escape me now, when words were what brought Gay into my life. I guess there are no right or wrong words, just a heartfelt expression of sorrow mixed with gratitude- gratitude for the time I was fortunate enough to have Gay as a friend. So here goes...

Of course anyone who ever met Gay considered her an immediate friend - she was such a joyful light! I met her a few years ago in Spin Class at Gold's Gym. I can still see her dragging in all her gear (it was a toss up to see whether she or I would be more tardy :-), setting up her bike, fussing at Rommel to mix up his music with CDs she provided (which he did because how could anyone resist her charm?), and, overall, infusing her happy spirit thoughout the room. We spent even more time visiting in the locker after class as we both got ready for work. I used to say "I'm late, I'm late. I must stop visiting and get to work." What I would do now to have one more visit to tell her how special she was to all she met- and to hear that wonderful laugh! I feel blessed that Gay came into my life - if only for a brief time.

I hope you all will find some comfort in knowing how Gay touched so many lives in such a wonderful way - and how she spoke so sweetly about you, Ron, and all her family. I thank you for the opportunity to share my memories and to end my note not with tears, but with a smile for being blessed with wonderful memories of the beautiful and joyful light named Gay.
Judy Jonas
April 26, 2006
sherman saffonolio
April 26, 2006

I always enjoyed your professionalism towards me as I moved to Austin this past October. You always were helpful.
Jeff Fitzgerald
April 25, 2006
Dear Simmons/Posey Families:
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort. I knew Gay at Ganus High School. I was friends with her and Lori Kramer as well as Scott and Chad. I remember her well and she still looks like she did at Graduation! She was beautiful inside and out! I looked up to her and Lori, they were like big sisters to me back then.
Elizabeth Lindner/Heil
April 25, 2006
I remember the first time I heard Gay speak to an HR audience a few years ago and how impressed I was with her ability to connect with the people in the audience. Her spirit brought people together and made them feel good. She will be truly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.
Becky Sandifer
April 25, 2006
“Blessed be . . . the Father of tender mercies and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation.”—2 Corinthians 1:3, 4.
I am truly sorry for your lost, but in your time of grief it's comforting to know God is there for you and that He has a purpose for mankind to be resurrected to life in Paradise on earth. My heart goes out to you at this time and in the days ahead.
April 25, 2006
To the family of Gay Simmons-Posey:

I knew Gay a long time ago. We use to sing Rock Lobster by the B-52's and drive our 280 Z's together in high school. I was just thinking of her last week on my birthday when that song came on the radio. It was on the 19th. We use to have a lot of fun together at John Curtis. You will be greatly missed.
Rebecca and Randy Becnel
April 24, 2006

I keep thinking I'll hear your wild laughter or your delightful and cheery voice, but now just my memories wishing you were here remain.

You were loved by all who knew you. You had a sweet innocence yet a quiet wisdom all at the same time. I will miss your advice and wonderful guidance. You always thought of others and gave of yourself and your time endlessly. You were a teacher, respected co-worker and above all a friend. We all gained an angel when we lost you.

God bless your family and peace be with you always. You are never far from my heart. I promise to take very very good care of Fluffy for you, too. Love you and see you soon.
Jenny Barrington
April 24, 2006
I was so sorry to hear about Gay. I have been friends with Lori Kramer, her best friend, here in New Orleans for the past 16 years and I feel as if I have known Gay for that long, as well. Although I never had the opportunity to meet her, the memories and stories Lori has shared with me through the years leave a void in my heart for her, her family and friends. Please know you are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Tiffany McMahon
April 24, 2006
james white
April 24, 2006
Although we just became close this past year I was truely excited to find a kindred spirit when I met you. I will miss our long lunches, perfect shopping trips, really happy...happy hours, pretending to be serious in our training sessions with Ceri, endless conversations while training with Ceri (sorry Ceri), the option to never make sense or the need to, filling a room with laughter, the calm and soothing advice, listening to how wonderful you spoke of Ron, both families and dearest friends (thank you for that example), and of course solving our deep problems with comfort and trust in each other. I was truely devastated to know that you are gone. You have set the bar in what a person can get from great friendship. I will miss you deeply and continue to talk to you often. I will carry your spirit and kindness with me when I speak to others. Thank you for the short time I had- I don't think it could have ever been long enough.
Dana Potter
April 24, 2006
To the family of Gay Simmons-Posey I just wanted to express a heart felt condolences to you and the family. I didnt know Gay, however i was reading the Obiturary column and I was moved by what was said about her and her picture. This is now doubt a very difficult time for you but memories is so important at this time to reflect the wonderful life that was shared with Gay. A Scriptural thought that may ease the pain is at 2Cor 1:3,4 in part it says that god is a god of comfort and he comforts us in our tribulations. You are in our thougts and prayers.
L. Bluford
April 24, 2006
Gay Girl, I can hear your laugher and feel the warmth of your smile. You will be with me through out my life. It was important for you to make a difference in this world. I know that you can now feel the wonderful differance you made in so many lives. See you later girlfriend.
Z. McClendon
April 24, 2006
Cary and I were so sad to learn of Gay Ann's tragic death. Though it has been some years since we visited with Gay Ann and family during the Thanksgiving/Christmas holidays, we both remember a charming young lady who made us feel welcomed and at home. May your memories of Gay Ann be a comfort you.
Cary and Dewey Peel
April 24, 2006
Gay spent an entire evening pouring into my life as I was a guest in their house. Ron & I worked together and Gay helped me through one of the toughest times in my career. She listened and spoke from the heart and touched mine. I can only imagine the further blessings I would have had to spend even more time with a woman who is able to touch so deeply and lovingly in such a short amount of time.

Ron our prayers are with you and your entire family. Clearly all of our lives have been blessed by having the opportunity to have met and know Gay. She is delighting our God in heaven as there is no doubt she is by His side.
Scott Mortimer
April 24, 2006
The short time I had the chance to know Gay, she made me a better person. Her energy for whatever she did was contagious and taught me to live life to the fullest. My deepest sympathies.
Keith Fatula
April 24, 2006
Gay was a very special and truly wonderful person. I'm very thankful for the time I knew her. She touched my life and so many others in her life. My thoughts and prayers are with Gay's family and friends.
Kim Ellison
April 23, 2006
Gay was a wonderful person who truly put the human relations into HR. As a co-worker, she was the best ever. As an encouraging advisor, she lifted my sprit at many times. We really miss her. My prayers go out to Gay's family.
Jim Thomas
April 23, 2006
Gay was a breath of fresh air - her enthusiasm and passion were contagious. We'll always feel fortunate to have had Gay as a friend and colleague.
Cindy & Terry Baudoin
April 23, 2006
Dear sweet Gay, I will miss the calls mixing me (Kate M) up w/ Kate R! May the memories of your sweetness, humor and spirit comfort your family and friends.
Kate McLagan
April 23, 2006
My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Tish Mc Gee
April 22, 2006
We hope warm memories of her beautiful spirit will bring peace to all who were fortunate enough to know her. Griselda & John Coleman (Jena, LA)
Griselda Coleman
April 22, 2006
May all find peace and serenity.
Damon / Rose Newburg / Ogle
April 22, 2006
To the family of Gay, including my dear friend, her cousin, Debbie: May you find comfort in the promise of Easter.
Dan Hennessey
April 21, 2006
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, Ron. I had just met Gay this year at our HR Sr. Planning meetings. Phil. 4:8 is the essense of Gay, whatever is true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, gracious, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. When I think of Gay, these words remind me of her.
Blessings to you and your family.
Beth Kohler
April 21, 2006
My prayers and thoughts are with Ron and the rest of Gay's family and friends during this most difficult time. May you all find comfort in remembering all of the wonderful times you shared with Gay. God's peace be with you.
Janet Forbes
April 21, 2006
Gay touched my life during her time at Motorola. I remember thinking what a great person to be around since she always made me laugh and feel good. She was surely a special person and has left her mark on me and many people. She will be missed.
Patti Rankin
April 21, 2006
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Carl Dodd
April 21, 2006
Our thoughts and prayers are with Gay's family and friends. She was beautiful inside and out.
Tracey and Steve Blanchard
April 21, 2006
My thoughts and prayers are with all of Gay's family and friends.
Charlotte Cole
April 21, 2006
Gay was one of the most caring, loving individuals I have met in a long time. I was always impressed with her love of life. My thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends.
Nita Peebles
April 21, 2006
Gay and Ron have been loyal and loving clients of mine for the last two years. Her contagious smile and loving advice always made me feel like the world was such a better place. I will miss her so much. My prayers will be with Ron and her family during this difficult time.
Melanie Kingsley
April 20, 2006
Gay was one of best HR manager I had ever worked with in my 25+ year career. She was full of energy, and can do attitude. I particularly liked the honest opinion she shared about her observations. A truely remarkable person. We missed her when she left Motorola. Sorry to see her leave us so soon.
Naras Iyengar
April 20, 2006
Our love, thoughts and prayers are with you all. Gay was destined to be a special person from a very young age. To God be the glory for her life and the love she gave you all. May HE comfort you in ways that only HE can do.
Mary Ellen & Donnie Briehn
April 20, 2006
I am truly saddened to hear that Gay is no longer with us. I only met her once, but knew instantly of her spirited personality. I can still see her smiling face. My prayers go out to the Simmons and Posey families. We thank you for sharing her with us!
G. Lockhart
April 20, 2006
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Sonia St. James
April 20, 2006
Gay, I will never forget your smiling face and positive attitude in my early morning Spin classes. You are one of those people who made it easy to get up at 5AM, three times a week. All of the Simmons-Posey clan are in our hearts and prayers. Your wife, your daughter, your sister, your friend was a positive influence on so many lives. In her last email to me, written just after I moved from Austin, she said: "Life is way too short to do stuff that doesn't feel right or have meaning." Gay, I will never instruct another Spin class or take another bike ride without seeing your smile.
Bruce Butler
April 20, 2006
Gay was a bubbly, happy go lucky person and was alway so positive minded. There are no words to express the loss we all feel. I pray the Simmons-Posey family will find some comfort in knowing how many lives Gay touched in such a positive way. You are in my prayers during this time of anguish and sorry.
Elaine Smith Smith
April 20, 2006
Gay, I remember from those days at Motorola that you were a recipe of liveliness and joy. Instead of coffee in the mornings I use to love to sit and talk with you to get my day kick-started. My prayers go to your family and friends; I know they will miss you and the energy you brought to their lives.
David Rogers
April 20, 2006
Gay was a gifted HR professional and a beautiful person inside and out. My thoughts and prayers are with Ron, their families and friends, and the many others whose lives she touched.
Carolyn Saenz
April 19, 2006
My deepest sympathies and condolences for Gay's husband and family. Gay was one of the first people I met at when I started working at Motorola and did so much to help me that first year. More than that I always remember how upbeat, and cheerful she was, and that she had great way with people. She was always helping people, and with the volunteer work she did, it shows just the type of character and heart that made Gay the person we all remember.

I was very sad to hear about her loss, but feel very fortunate and grateful that I got to know her. You'll always be in our hearts and memories.
Richard Coronado
April 19, 2006
Our hearts and prayers go out to Ron and all of his family and friends. Please know that all of your friends back home are thinking of you and are here if you need a soft place to land.
Jay and Andrea Brooks
April 19, 2006
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
roland olivarez
April 19, 2006
Dear Gay (because I know you are out there listening) and your grieving family: You have touched so many lives and left such a legacy. As your friend and mentor, I always felt like I got a lot more out of our relationship than I ever put into it. You have brought joy to so many people, including me; and while we will miss you very, very much, the gifts that you have left us will be with us always. Thank you for the privilege of knowing you--and be at peace.
Linda Haines
April 19, 2006
As a person with MS and a former employee of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, my heart goes out to Gay's family and close friends. I've worked with thousands of cyclists through the MS 150 Bike Tour, and although I did not know Gay personally, I can say that these cyclists who ride for us have hearts bigger than the size of Texas. I will think of Gay as I am out this Sunday volunteering for the ride. I will say a prayer to send comfort to her husband, family and others who knew her well. I am truly sorry for your loss.
Ilene N.
April 19, 2006
There are times in our lives, opportunities, when you get the chance to meet someone who has such a beautiful soul, generous nature and cheerful, happy personality….that you know you’ve been blessed with a very special experience. That’s what Gay was. The entire world will miss her. Ron…..our thoughts and prayers are with you. May God, family and friends give you strength during this difficult time.
Randy & Jill Douglas
April 19, 2006
My deepest sympathy, thoughts, and prayers go out to Gay’s husband and family. Gay was such a talented professional and wonderful human being, and I am very sad that she has left this world so soon. Although it was all too brief, I am very grateful to have known her and discover all the things we had in common. Gay was the kind of person who leaves an amazing and positive legacy – so many of us who knew her and had the opportunity to benefit from her talent and creativity will not ever forget the lasting impact she had. “Life is not about the breaths you take but the moments that take your breath away.” Thank you, Gay, for giving so many people so many valuable moments – your bright, upbeat spirit will live on in the hearts of all who knew you.
Becky LeBlanc
April 19, 2006
Gay had an infectious personality, a ready smile and a voracious appetite for life. She had just recently re-connected with me, and our last email messages were less than a week ago. She will be deeply missed. Thank you Gay for being such an inspiration!
Beth Summers
April 19, 2006
I still remember Gay as she stopped by to say good-bye in 2003 as she left Motorola for another opportunity. It was only some years before when I met her during her interviews to join the company. All of us knew right away that she was a special person who would make a tremendous difference in everyone's life. I am so thankful that we were able to share our time with Gay, even as short as it has turned out to be. God bless her.
Greg Watkins
April 19, 2006
As fellow MS150 riders, our hearts go out to the family and friends of Gay Simmons-Posey. Please know that you are in our thoughts and our prayers. In Gay's honor, we will be wearing black ribbons during our MS150 ride this weekend. Gay, we may not have known you, but your contributions to the community will not be forgotten, your life will forever be remembered a success.
Team Taco Deli Riders at URS
Julia Presas
April 19, 2006

Gay Simmons, a friend and former co-worker, was always very kind to me and to everyone wherever she happened to be. I will never forget her upbeat, cheerfully-infectious demeanor. If ever there was a tense moment in a work meeting, for example, Gay would be the one to always know just the right thing to say to put everyone at ease.

We mourn our loss of Gay at this sad time, but as we seek opportunity to celebrate her life, may peace and hope come to each of us fortunate enough to have known her and called her "friend."

With prayers especially for Ron and family....
Koji Kodama
April 19, 2006
My thoughts and prayers go out to Ron and all of Gay's friends and family for this tragic loss. It is hard to imagine that someone who was always so full of life is gone.

I will miss Gay's friendship, her good career advice, and her infectious optimism. She always seemed to be able to find a silver lining or alternate route when things didn't go as planned, expected, or wanted. She could take an emotional situation and talk about it in a practical, productive way, but without dismissing your emotions, as in, "I understand why you are upset, now let's figure out what to DO about it." Then she would come up with multiple approaches and specific suggestions for dealing with whatever it was. I always appreciated that.

I will miss my friend.
Ann Harwood
April 19, 2006
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