Mary Joann Gay


Birth Date: December 2, 1937

Death Date: March 1, 2017

Visitation Date: 3-7-2017 Time: 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Visitation Place : First Presbyterian Church of Pascagoula


Service Date: 3-7-2017 Time: 11:00 AM
Service Place : First Presbyterian Church of Pascagoula


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Obituaries » Mary Joann Gay




JoAnn Gay, 79

A memorial service for Mary JoAnn (Sims) Gay, 79, will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 07, 2017 at First Presbyterian Church of Pascagoula.  The family will greet friends an hour prior to the memorial service at the church.

JoAnn peacefully drifted away Wednesday, March 01, 2017 at Singing River Hospital.  She was born December 02, 1937 in Taylorsville, Mississippi to Delton and Mildred (Ivey) Sims.  She was happily united in marriage to Herbert F. “Ben” Gay on November 10, 1961.  Throughout 55 years of marriage, Ben and JoAnn were often found holding hands, laughing like teenagers, and sharing secrets like the best friends they always remained.  They were blessed with two children: Charles “Chuck” Gay and Debrah Lynn Crawford.

JoAnn worked in the accounts payable department of Ingalls for a short time after she continued her education at Jones Community College.  She travelled the country with Ben as his devoted wife during his naval career.  After returning to Pascagoula, JoAnn worked with the Pascagoula School District as a long-term substitute teacher.   Mrs. Gay had many fond memories from her time at Colmer Middle School.

Joann was an active member of First Presbyterian Church where she enthusiastically participated in a countless number of groups and activities.  JoAnn adored her church, but it was the deep friendships with her church family that she loved the most.  The people of First Presbyterian always held a special place in her heart and provided her with immense joy.

She is survived by her husband, Ben, daughter, Debrah, three treasured grandchildren, Franklin “Trey” Pitman III, Brittany Pitman, and Adam Crawford, three brothers, Grady Sims and Terry Sims of Taylorsville, MS and Jeff Sims of Southaven, MS, and many other nieces, nephews, and cousins.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Charles “Chuck” Gay, and her beloved sister, Ruth (Sims) Coggins.

JoAnn’ s work here is complete.  She answered a call from her favorite person.  He made an offer she could not refuse, for an appointment from which she will never return.  This assignment comes with unbelievable benefits, a reunion with family and friends she has not seen in quite some time, and a relief from the worldly pain and suffering that ailed her.

“Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.  Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.  Give her the reward she has earned, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.”

Proverbs 31:29-31