Theresa Mildred Gay died on Aug. 18 in the Mertens House in Woodstock at the age of 104.
She was born on Dec. 13, 1909, one of five children of Mr. and Mrs. Leon Gray.
She was married to Frank A. Gay and the mother of three children, Frank A. Gay Jr., Leon Gay and Betty Gay Eouse.
This beloved family lived on a small farm off of the Cox District Road in Woodstock, on which they raised dairy cows. Mildred’s husband, Frank, drove a school bus and was caretaker of several nearby homes. Whenever he was occasionally ill, Mildred filled in on their dairy farm and drove the school bus.
She was a widely known and deeply admired cook, helping out on a regular basis for neighbors. Among her most famous products were her unique chocolate cakes, eagerly hoped for on birthdays by friends and families, and cherished in memory until the next one arrived.
When Mildred was a senior at the Woodstock High School her mother died and she had to drop out of school to take on the task of taking care of the family and thus she never officially graduated and did not receive her diploma. On Jan. 14, 2013 the School presented her with an honorary diploma in recognition of all her accomplishments. She was a sympathetic listener to people undergoing problems and always a wise source of help and advice to them.
She is survived by her sister, Helen Osgood; four grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews, including Diane Atwood of Woodstock and countless loyal and devoted friends.
This obituary first appeared in the August 28, 2014 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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