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Vera Athella Jay, 104

December 31, 2008

DEC. 23, 1904-DEC. 28, 2008

Vera Athella Jay died Dec. 28, 2008, at the age of 104. Vera was born Dec. 23, 1904, in Fulton County, Pa. She was the daughter of Alvah T. Foster and Belle Ash Foster. For 19 years, Vera taught in one-room schools in Bedford and Fulton counties before she married Coy Jay, a widower with four children, and lived in Johnstown, Pa., for over 40 years before she returned to live in Fulton County, Pa. Vera was an active member of Fairview Christian Church. She was a devoted teacher, church youth leader, assistant Girl Scout leader, often a primary caregiver, and always a loving mother, homemaker, family member and friend. Vera's faith sustained her.

Vera is survived by her daughter, Millie Jay Steinke and husband, Robert, of Artemas, Pa.; son, John A. Jay and wife, Jacque, of Myersville, Md.; 3 of Coy's other surviving children, Helen deWilde of Boca Raton, Fla., Marian Slick Allen of Johnstown, Pa., and Eileen Newbaker of Bradenton, Fla. The surviving extended family includes 5 grandchildren (William M. Jay, Robert Jay, Russell Jay, Norman Slick and Kathy Newbaker), 5 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great-grandchildren.

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Vera is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Coy, who died in 1959; a grandson, Christian Newbaker; a stepson, William E. Jay; and sisters, Ada McKee and MaryAnn Foster.

Services will be held at Fairview Christian Church, 1751 Crooked Run Road, Artemas, PA 17211 (Inglesmith area), on Saturday, January 3, 2009. There will be a viewing and time for fellowship, sharing of memories and light refreshments from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. A Celebration of Life Service will begin in the church at 1 p.m. Officiating will be the Rev. Dr. Robert E. Steinke with Pastor Milton Morris as host Pastor. Interment will be in the church cemetery. There will be a meal at the church following the graveside committal.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Fairview Christian Church or the charity of your choice.

Arrangements are being handled by Keeney and Basford Funeral Home, 106 E. Church St., Frederick, Md. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to www.keeneybasford.com.

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