Eleanor Randolph Harper Gay of Elkins, died Sunday, June 24, 2012, at her home.
She was born June 7, 1920, in Elkins City Hospital, the daughter of the late E. Dice and Georgia B. Rice Harper.
On Nov. 28, 1942, she married William H. Gay, who preceded her in death.
She was also preceded in death by her brothers, E. Dice Harper Jr. of Elkins and William Hale Harper of Phoenix, Ariz.
She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Prudence and Jan Madsen of Everett, Wash.; and a daughter, Priscilla Hale Gay of Canvas. Also surviving are her sister-in-law, Sue Mapp Harper of Phoenix, Ariz., and a number of nieces and nephews.
She was a graduate of Elkins High School and received a Bachelor of Science in business administration from West Virginia University in 1941 where she was a member of Delta Gamma and Chi Sigma Delta, a national economics honorary. She grew up on a Randolph County farm that had been in the family since before the Revolutionary War. She met her husband while both were working in Columbus, Ohio. After their marriage in Rockville, Ind., they returned to his native Rochester, N.Y., where they lived until 1995. There she served on the board of directors for the Association for the Blind. She served as a volunteer vision screener in the Rochester public schools. She was a longtime member of the Monroe County Democratic Commission. She served as president of the Rochester alumnae chapter of Delta Gamma and of Rochester City Panhellenic. She was an active member of the First Unitarian Church in Rochester. In 1968, she received an award honoring her service to the greater Rochester community. When she and her husband returned permanently to Elkins, they restored and enjoyed a home built in 1889 by the first mayor of Elkins. She was a member of College Aid, Woman's Club, AAUW and the John Hart Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution.
Cremation services will be provided by Tomblyn Funeral Home in Elkins. A memorial service will be announced at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to Mountain Hospice, 1600 Crim Ave., Belington, WV 26250 or Doctors Without Borders USA, P.O. Box 5030, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5030, in memory of Eleanor. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.tomblynfuneralhome.com.