Clara Fay Gilstrap


Clara Fay Gilstrap

August 1932 – December 2019

She was deeply spiritual

Fay Gilstrap, a retired teacher’s aide and resident of Modesto, California, died from a stroke and complications  from Alzheimer’s and Dementia on December 23, 2019 at the age of 87.

Fay is survived by her daughter Galena Gilstrap, 5 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. She is predeceased by her husband Bill Gilstrap and her children Sherri Dixon and Phillip Harper.

Fay was born in Oklahoma on August 29, 1932 to Gordon and Mammie Hopper. The family worked as migrant  workers and followed the crops that they harvested. She didn’t finish High School but was very proud of herself for getting her G.E.D late in life.

Fay was a devoted volunteer with the Salvation Army and a Salvationist. She enjoyed serving coffee and talking to the seniors at Sally’s Place at the Salvation Army Citadel in Modesto. She was deeply spiritual and involved in many church activities. In her younger days she would travel and sing at different services. She will be deeply missed by her friends, family and all who knew her.

A Memorial Service is scheduled for 1:00 pm on January 25, 2020 at Allen Mortuary in Turlock, California.

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