COLUMBUS — Gay Lynn (Bates) Morgan died at 6:45 a.m. Sunday, May 25, 2014, at Via Christi Medical Center in Pittsburg, Kansas, following a long illness.
She was born April 6, 1947, in Kansas City, Missouri, the daughter of Max W. Bates and Georgia Eva (Gilbert) Bates. She graduated from Oak Hills High School, in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1965. On June 25, 1966 she was united in marriage with Robert G. Morgan, he survives, of the home.
Gay was a homemaker and former medical assistant. She was a devout Christian, and an active member of First Baptist Church of Chetopa, Kansas, where she was children’s choir director. She had variously been involved in community theatre, interpreting for the deaf and enjoyed Christian ministry as a clown.
She was preceded in death by her father, and one sister; Gia R. Bates.
Survivors include: Her husband, of the home; mother, of Columbus; two daughters, Valerie R. Richardson and husband Patrick, of Columbus; Natalie R. Simmons and husband Rodney, of Oakley, California; two sons, Todd E. Morgan, of Columbus, and fiancée Jennifer McConnell, of Austin, Texas; Brent M. Morgan and wife Vesta, of Shawnee, Kansas; nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at the Derfelt Funeral Home in Columbus. Family services will be 2 p.m., Thursday, May 29 at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Columbus Cemetery following the service.
The family requests memorials to Show Me Clowns for Jesus, in care of Derfelt Funeral Home 132 E. Pine, Columbus, KS 66725.