Margaret Douglas Meriwether Gay

February 26, 1926December 17, 2012

Margaret (Peggy) was born Feb. 26, 1926 in Boonsboro, Bedford Co, VA, to Louise Fisher Meriwether, and Hamilton Otey Meriwether. She graduated valedictorian from Boonsboro High School, attended Madison University and graduated from the University of Minnesota, with a BS degree in medical technology. After marrying Garland Mason Gay in 1947, Peggy worked at the UVA Medical Center in Charlottesville while Garland completed his degree from the Architecture School at UVA. They moved back to Lynchburg in 1949, and Peggy became the first medical technologist with a university degree to work at Lynchburg General Hospital.

Through her life, Peggy was a devoted member of Rivermont Presbyterian Church, and was the first woman deacon, and also an elder of the church. She was an avid fisherman, and caught several citation speckled trout while at her beloved beach cottage with Garland in Duck, NC.

Peggy was selfless in her devotion to her husband, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She had a multitude of friends who loved her for her positive attitude, compassion, and kindness to all.

She was predeceased by her parents and her brother, H. Otey Meriwether, Jr.

She is survived by her loving husband of 66 years, Garland Mason Gay, her sister, Betty Meade Meriwether Mills, her sister-in-law, Mary Steve Meriwether, her 3 children: Elizabeth Hamner Gay of Charlottesville, Garland Mason Gay, Jr.(May May) of Lynchburg, William Meriwether Gay of Roanoke, her 7 grandchildren: Elizabeth Randolph Gay MacGaw (Scott), Lucy Hamilton Gay Geoghegan (Oliver), Margaret Douglas Meriwether Gay Young (Spencer), William Garland Gay, Samuel Meriwether Gay (Anna), Jane Jacqueline Gay, Garland Meriwether Ramey-Gay, and 5 great-grandchildren.

After a short hospitalization, Peggy died peacefully with her family at her side. A celebration of Peggy's life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, December 21, 2012, inside Trinity Episcopal Church, 104 Walnut Hollow Road, Boonsboro. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Peggy's memory to your favorite charity.


  • Celebration of Life Friday, December 21, 2012

Margaret Douglas Meriwether Gay

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December 27, 2012

mr. gay i will surely miss seeing mrs. gay. my prayers are with you.
kim deal from big island.

December 26, 2012

I have so many fond memories of your Mom

at Rivermont. She was indeed a Southern
lady with a heart of gold. Keeping you all in my prayers in the coming months.
Blessings coming your way, Mary Duncan

December 24, 2012

Garland, I just found out about Peggy's death on Sunday the 23rd. I am so sorry I did not hear about it before now. I wish I could have attended the service. I know how you feel after loosing my wife, Bobby, last year. My prayers are with you and your family. Wayne Williams Lynchburg, Va.

December 22, 2012

Garland, sorry to hear about your loss.Also sorry we are not in Lynchburg. Art and Amelia, Nassau, Bahamas

Robin Roberts

December 21, 2012

To all of the Gay family. I have such fond memories of Peggy from the Heritage. She was fun, sweet, and caring. I can see the beautiful little church on Walnut Hollow and be reminded of all of my fun times at Ma and Grandy's. My prayers are with all of you especially Bill Gay and Betty Mills. What a great family!

December 21, 2012

Garland and family. My prayers are that the memory of such a special lady will carry you through the coming days. She was such a special person, and I know you will miss her greatly.
Linda Lam, Vesuvius

December 21, 2012

thank you for all the wonderful memories of the beach. alice moseley powell. granddaughter of bill and helen moseley

December 21, 2012

Garland, I was sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Lewis D. Nunn
Bedford Co Health Dept.,Retired

Karen Kennedy

December 20, 2012

Peggy was a wonderful lady who always had a smile!

December 20, 2012

Garland & family, my thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time. I loved talking to Peggy - she would always brighten my day & I will miss our calls. She is now an angel in Heaven with the biggest smile on her face & no more pain. God will be with all of you in the days ahead. My sympathy and love to all of you.
Brenda Walker, Gladys, VA
(Campbell Ins.)