Gay B. Lefebvre

November 15, 1938May 2, 2021

On Sunday, May 2nd, 2021 Gay Lefebvre, 82, loving wife and mother passed away in Southport, NC. She was born November 15th, 1938 in Middletown, CT to Ruth and Carl Byloff. Gay graduated from East Hampton High School, East Hampton CT where she met her beloved husband of 60 years, Richard H. Lefebvre and they raised two daughters in Johnstown, NY.

Gay was a gifted artist and teacher. With two young children at home, she returned to school and graduated with high honors from Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY in 1976. With over 30 years as an educator, Gay spent most of her career as a secondary level art teacher and chair of the art department for the Fonda-Fultonville Central School District. She loved teaching and impacting the lives of young people. She was known for her listening ear, her fiery spirit and her straight talk with her students. She was a tenacious champion for those who needed her most. After retirement, Gay continued her career as a professional wildlife artist and her art was shown and sold in many esteemed galleries on the East coast. Her spirit will live on through the lives of the students that she touched, and her incredible artwork that is held in numerous private collections throughout the country.

Gay was a member of several art guilds, supported the community of artists in and around her home in Southport, NC and enjoyed her summers in York Beach, ME. She was an avid reader, an ardent traveler, a skilled gardener and always interested in political and current events at the local and national levels.

Preceded in death by her mother Ruth Byloff, her father Carl Byloff and her Sister Carol Dulaney, Gay is survived by her loving husband Richard, daughters Kim and Ann (Mika) and her grandchildren Wesley, Dana and Nathan as well as additional extended family and life-long friends.

For those who wish to do so, memorial contributions may be made to SECU Hospice House of Brunswick, 955 Mercy Lane, Bolivia, NC 28422 or the Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation, PO Box 195, Ray Brook, NY 12977.

Online condolences may be made at

Peacock - Newnam & White Funeral and Cremation Service, Southport, North Carolina.


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Gay B. Lefebvre

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Ed Walters

May 6, 2021

I'm sorry for your loss. I wondered where you & Gay had gotten to.
I'll never forget you standing on Ken Beyer's porch & calling out loudly "Dale, this is the Lord. Shovel your sidewalk"
Best wishes to you & your family.
Ed Walters

Rev R W Williams

May 6, 2021

Dear Richard & family:
Please accept my sincere condolences {& those of our son Ralph} as you journey through the valley of the shadow.
Rev R W Williams

Jane Riddle

May 6, 2021

We were so sorry to learn of your loss. Gay was a very special person and she will be missed. Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts, and we wish you strength and peace at this time.
Duncan Sillars and Jane Riddle

Monique Mackey

May 5, 2021

I never met your mom but I know how remarkable she was - since every time you mentioned her there was pride and love in your voice. Also, it takes remarkable people to raise remarkable people and you are surely and example of that. I am so sorry for this loss and you and Mika, your sister and nephew, and your dad are in my thoughts and prayers.

Heather (Lebo) Bivins

May 5, 2021

Like so many others, I was deeply influenced by Mrs. Lefebvre as one of her students, and am heartbroken to learn of her passing. She encouraged me with my artwork when in school and lit the spark for me to pursue becoming an educator myself. I was a quiet student but Mrs. Lefebvre always pushed me beyond my comfort level which was so important for me to become a teacher. Her gifts to her students went far beyond the time we each spent with her in the classroom and she has left a legacy of inspiration for so many. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family.

Prentiss Halladay

May 5, 2021

I sometimes worked with Gay in the Artisan's Gallery when it was located in St. James. I didn't know her very well, but enjoyed working with her because of her positive attitude and sense of humor. I remember her as always smiling.

Patricia Lyles

May 5, 2021

So sorry for your loss. She was a wonderful lady. So talented and loved.

Loretta Weldner

May 4, 2021

My very deepest sympathy to Dick, Kim and Ann - hearing of
Gay passing brings back many memories of wonderful times
together. Love to all - may she rest in peace! Loretta

Carla Helfferich

May 4, 2021

Peter and I were deeply shocked and saddened by news of Gay's loss. To me it seems like only yesterday when you won the heart of the most beautiful girl in our high school class; to both of us, it really was just yesterday when we had that wonderful visit with you in the Adirondacks. Unforgettable. A great lady has left us. Condolences indeed.

Nicole Hammond

May 4, 2021

I am so very sorry to see the passing of Mrs. Lefebvre. In reading the memories of others, it is clear she touched many students lives while at FFCS. Thinking of her family at this most difficult time.
FFCS Class of 1993