Gay L. Gabrielson 1965-2019

ELKHART, Ind. — Gay L. Gabrielson, 54, passed away Monday Sept. 9, 2019, at Elkhart General Hospital.

She was born March 15, 1965, in Warren, to John J. and Joan F. Middleton Fairchild Sr.

Gay graduated from Lakeview High School in 1983. On Feb. 14, 1991, in Elkhart, she married Lawrence “Larry” Gabrielson.

Gay was formerly employed at the Elkhart Products Corp. She enjoyed going mushroom hunting, playing softball, bowling, reading, spending time with her family and being outdoors sitting around bonfires with family and friends. She also enjoyed country music, riding her Harley-Davidson motorcycle, and going to amusement parks, casinos and the Dairy Queen. Gay was also an avid collector of Mickey Mouse memorabilia.

Surviving are two children, Rachel Fairchild and Stephen (Stephaine) Gabrielson, both of Elkhart; three stepchildren, Travis Gabrielson of Goshen, Aaron Gabrielson of Elkhart and Brian (Doris) Gabrielson of Goshen; and 16 grandchildren. Also surviving are three siblings, Melinda (Paul) Rausch of Vienna, John “Fuzzy” (Edi) Fairchild Jr. of Warren and Jason Fairchild of Lordstown; two stepsisters, Joann Shaver-Moyers and Mary (Rick) Adams, both of Cortland; and a stepbrother, John (Jaria) Shaver Jr. of Aniston, Ala.

Gay was preceded in death by her husband, Larry, on Feb,10, 2005; her parents; and a son, Nathan Walker.

A celebration of life service for Gay will be held 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, at the Walley-Mills-Zimmerman Funeral Home in Elkhart. Her brother Fuzzy will preside over the celebration service. Burial will follow in Carlton Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family two hours prior to the service, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the funeral home.

Elkhart Cremation Services has been entrusted with her care.

Memorial contributions may be given to the American Cancer Society.

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