Today we celebrate the life of Gay Stewart Wren, beloved wife, mother, sister, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, cousin, friend and child of God. We take comfort knowing that she is rejoicing in heaven with Jesus, something that she has looked forward to for some time now. Gay was a woman of very strong faith, and she is surely saving a place for all of us, passing the time singing hymns of praise until the day we all go to join her.
MamaGay, as she was lovingly called by her family, was born on June 13, 1928, in Minden. A lifelong lover of reading, she excelled in school, where she went on to receive two post-secondary degrees in Journalism and Education from Louisiana Tech University, and to teach English at Shongaloo High School. On June 30, 1951 she married her husband and partner in life, Marcus Dee Wren. They soon welcomed their five children, along with numerous nieces and nephews who frequently spent summers at their home. When she wasn't busy raising her kids, you could find her curled up with a good book or crossword puzzle, or singing in the choir at First United Methodist Church, which she did for 40 years. She was also Chairman of the food pantry UCAP for 15 years and President of the Dorcheat Historical Association. Marcus and Gay were the 1999 Louisiana State Tree Farmers of the Year. They would have celebrated their 60th anniversary on June 30 of this year.
Gay will be greatly missed by her husband, Marcus; her children, Marcus III and wife, Liz of Shreveport, Stewart and wife, Joanie of Longview, Texas, Ellen and husband, Bob of Los Angeles, California, Rusty and wife, Kathy and Lovic all of Shreveport; 12 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, sisters, Virginia Fox, Sue Dunn and Nancy Craig; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Greeting her in heaven are her sister, Nora Lee Young and parents, James Russell and Velma Lee Stewart.
Services will be held at First United Methodist Church in Minden at 2 p.m. today (Monday, May 9). Visitation was held at Rose-Neath Funeral Home on Sunday from 4 until 6 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to First United Methodist Church or Dorcheat Historical Association.Subscribe to Read!