Gay C. Priday
Gay Caroline (Storner) Priday, 97, passed away April 29, 2020. She was in her home surrounded by family and loved ones.
Gay was born in Muskegon, Michigan. She spent most of her youth in Alton, Illinois, and Chicago, Illinois. She met and married John E. Campbell as she was finishing her nursing degree at Rush University College of Nursing in Chicago. They traveled out west to John's family home, which was a rural homestead ranch and farm in Central Oregon, close to Madras. There she encountered a completely different way of life as a farm wife on the Agency Plains. She shaped herself to fit into her new lifestyle. She was a part of the community theater, participated in a 'study club,' volunteered at the Jefferson County Fair in the Art Department plus numerous other activities. Gay continued with her love of painting watercolors and reading as she was an avid reader. She also worked as Dr. Hicks office nurse for many years in Madras, and later as an RN at Central Oregon District Hospital in Redmond, where she started the Home HealthDepartment.
Gay is described by her many friends as being a wonderful and strong woman. She was an inspiration to be around, always interested in what was happening and supportive of those embracing life's changes and new beginnings. She was an 'old soul,' perceptive with a great ability to grasp ideas and words of others. She was talented at the easel, full of rich conversations and very perceptive. Gay had a positive attitude and saw the good in all of us. A close friend of Gay's was quoted as saying "I associate Gay with good times, joy, the spark of life, enjoying each moment." She was noted as being adventurous; staying in the occasional 'Hot Sheet Hotel' when nothing else was available, and always ready to go on new adventures. She loved a good conversation, a game of bridge, and a glass of wine each evening.
Gay was preceded in death by her husband, John Campbell; husband, Walter Lantz; and husband, Warren Priday; parents, Fred and Bernice (Stewart) Storner; and brother, Fred Storner. She is survived by three children, Jennie Campbell Smith, David (Claudia) Campbell and John Campbell; seven grandchildren, and four greatgrandchildren.
A celebration of Gay's life will be held at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Jefferson County Library.