Myrtle Louise Gregg-LaFay
December 10, 1950 – May 31, 2021
Myrtle Gregg-LaFay, born December 10, 1950, beloved wife and mother, passed away May 31, 2021.
A proud graduate of Williamston HS class of 69' and MSU, she was cherished by hundreds in the community. Her love and dedication to family and friends was something to be admired. Known by colleagues as a trusted and passionate teacher, mediator, and mentor. She was most proud of her contributions to Head Start, the Ingham County court system and the Michigan Disability Rights Coalition.
She was this larger-than-life force for good that touched countless lives. A true lover of nature and the outdoors, she always blessed her surroundings with an aura of awesomeness and never gave up on anything she set out to do.
She will forever be remembered as the best wife, mother, sister, aunt, friend, coworker, and mee-maw that anyone could ask for.
Known as a proud Christian and powerful advocate, she humbly requests donations be made to the Michigan Disability Rights Coalition and Riverview Church.
Myrtle is survived, and her memory cherished, by her loving husband Robert Michael LaFay; one son Robert Gregg LaFay (Casey); one daughter Melissa Gardner (Brad); five brothers Stan Gregg, Larry Gregg (Judie), Jim Gregg (Joyce), Frank Gregg (Beth), Dwight Gregg (Sherry); three sisters Jeanene Bruner (Lawrence), Mary Carroll, Ruth Brauneck (Fred); and countless nieces, nephews, and cousins. She is preceded in death by her parents Hollis and Ila Jean Gregg; two brothers Charles Gregg and David Gregg (Cora Sue); and one brother-in-law Thomas Carroll (Mary).
Memorial visitation to be held June 25, 2021 from 2PM to 8PM at Tiffany Funeral Home, 3232 W Saginaw St. Lansing, MI 48917. Funeral services, followed by a light lunch, to be held June 26, 2021 at 11AM at Riverview Church, 7533 W St. Joseph Hwy. Lansing, MI 48917.
Fond memories, expressions to the family, and condolences, as well as, contribution links and service details may be found below.
2:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Tiffany Funeral Home
Riverview ChurchLight lunch to follow service
Myrtle Louise Gregg-LaFay
June 11, 2021
Myrtle was a true mentor and advocate. While working at MDRC, she helped and mentored me and even mediated a dispute one of our subcontractors had with me--and she soon got to the bottom of their real agenda. She acted with integrity, called and apologized when she was wrong, and worked hard to increase access for everyone. She used her knowledge and skills to make the world better. She and I used to share a desk at MDRC--but I soon realized it was really her desk at the corner of the office where all the action was (between the accountant and the bathroom hallway). She had a friendly, open smile that welcomed conversation and support. She knew and had connections everywhere and made things happen. She will be missed.
June 8, 2021
Myrtle, I and other colleagues used to love to do lunch. She and I would share a bean burrito and still take leftovers home. I will miss our lunches and Myrtle's sense of humor. She had a great one and did not take herself too seriously. Being Executive Director most of the time she was the Chair of the Michigan Disability Rights Coalition, we dealt with many serious issues, but it was always good to laugh with "Myrtle the Mediator."
June 4, 2021
I was so saddened to hear of her passing. I knew her through our work while at the State of Michigan. She was one of best people I ever worked with. She was insightful, intelligent, but best of all kind. It was such a pleasure to know her and keep in touch over the years. She will be deeply missed. My thoughts and prayers are with your entire family.
June 4, 2021
Myrt co-founded the first Lansing Center for Independent Living in 1978 and was at the forefront of the disability rights movement in Michigan from its inception. Her public service career included serving as the Head Start Handicapped Students Advocate (1976-1977), in executive leadership roles with the Michigan Commission on Handicapper Concerns (1977-1987) and then as equal employment opportunity officer with the State of Michigan (from 1987-2010). In her 'retirement', Myrt became a trained community mediator with the Resolution Services Center Central Michigan (2011 - present) and served on the Board and as an active volunteer with the Michigan Disability Rights Coalition (2011-2020). Myrt was a dear friend and is already missed beyond measure.
June 3, 2021
Mrs.LaFay was a good neighbor and a very caring person. Always willing to lend a hand. So sorry to hear of her passing.
June 3, 2021
My heartfelt condolences on the loss of Myrt. I did not know her well, but understood she was a very caring and compassionate lady. Cherish the memories you have of her and the times you spent together traveling and family gatherings. May the love and support of friends and family bring you comfort during this difficult time. Kristi P.