|Bernice L. "Mama B" Gay|
|Service Date:||September 3rd, 2011|
Bernice L. Gay
Bloomington- Bernice L. “Mama B” Gay, 84, received her call to Glory at 10 P.M. on Saturday, August 27, at OSF St. Joseph Hospital.
Her homegoing service will be at 11 AM Saturday, September 3, 2011 at Union Missionary Baptist Church, Bloomington with Rev. Dr. Phenues Bush officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Memorial Cemetery, Bloomington. Visitation will be Friday, September 2, 2011 from 5-7 PM at Kibler-Smith Memorial Home, and one hour before the service Saturday at the church.
Mama B was born January 4, 1927 in Frenchman Bayou, AR to the late Carrie “Nanny” Blair and James “Price” Love. She married Henry Gay, Sr. on October 29, 1951.
Cherishing beautiful memories of Mama B for the rest of our lives are her loving husband of 59 ½ years, Henry Gay Sr. of Bloomington; four daughters: Georgia M Brooks, Linda (Robert) Wesley, Kathy (Clarence) Wilson, and Peggy Gay; two sons, Henry (Beverly) Gay Jr., and Steven (Daphne) Gay, all of Bloomington; seven grandchildren: Cheleta Wesley, Bloomington, IL; Tonisha Alexander and Kendra Gay, Chicago, IL; Clarissa Wilson, Dallas, TX and Cherelle Gay, Erik Wilson, Steven Gay II, all of Bloomington; three great grandchildren: Cashari Ellerbe, Koran Moody, and Kyryn Moody, all of Chicago, IL; one sister, Cora King, Ft. Wayne, IN; two brothers, Joe (Marion) Love of Chicago, IL and Ted Love of CA; one Goddaughter, Rebecca Long Johnson, and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, adopted sons and daughters, church family and friends.
Her parents, one sister, JoAnn Phillips, and two brothers, Charles Love and Morris Williams, preceded Mama B in death.
Mama B was baptized at an early age and united with Union Missionary Baptist Church in 1945 when she moved to Bloomington. She was a Sunday School teacher, member of the Senior Choir, Deacon Wives/Deaconess Ministry, Mothers Ministry, Lily of the Valley, which was part of the Mission Dept, and the Progressive Club. She was instrumental in the organization of the church pantry at Union. Mama B was a faithful member of Union Missionary Baptist Church until her health started failing.
Mama B will be remembered for her baking and cooking skills. She will also be remembered for her sweet, gentle kind spirit and her infectious smile.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Union Missionary Baptist Church.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.kiblersmith.com.