Carol Ann Gay

ILION – Carol Ann Gay, age 56, of Woodland Ave., Ilion, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, April 13, 2017.

She was born on May 11, 1960, in Ilion, the daughter of Richard and Theresa (Hugick) Houser, and graduated from Frankfort schools and HCCC. On June 2, 1984, Carol was married to Doug Mackenzie Gay in Frankfort. In her early years, she was a medical technologist at Mohawk Valley General Hospital, Ilion. Most recently, Carol was office manager at Bailey’s Karate School in Herkimer. She was a member of the Church of the Annunciation, Ilion. Carol was very active with PTO, Booster clubs, and school activities with her children. Later, she was active in Bailey’s Karate School for over 20 Years. Carol had the “patience of a Saint”.

Surviving family members include her Husband, Doug; her mother, Theresa Houser, of Florida; her daughters, Stephanie Gay, at home, Beth Gay and her fiance, Dyan, of Ilion, and Rebecca Ferguson and her husband, Robert, of Ilion; her granddaughter, Kylie Ferguson; her sister, Melissa Lane; her brother, David Houser and wife, Kim, all of Florida; her nephews, Aaron Houser, Scott Lane, and Brian Lane, of Florida; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

She was predeceased by her father, Richard; her aunt, Maggie Morris and her husband, Ansel; and her grandmother, Thelma Hugick.

A private Graveside service will be held at the convenience of the family later this spring at Millers Mills Cemetery on the family plot.

In keeping with Carol’s wishes, there are no calling hours or services at this time.

Anyone wishing to share a memory of Carol, or add to her online memorial, may go to

In lieu of flowers, as an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to the Susan Taylor Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Bailey’s Karate School, 309 Miller Ave., Herkimer, NY 13350.

The Gay family has entrusted Carol’s service arrangements to their Family Funeral Director and friend, Don Applegate, at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home’s original location at 102 West St., Ilion, NY, (315-895-7722).