Gay Barnhart

May 23, 1950 ‒ August 31, 2015

Ashley, Ohio

Gay Barnhart, age 65, of Ashley, died Monday morning, August 31, 2015 at Bennington Glen Nursing Home in Marengo.

She was born on May 23, 1950 in Morrow County, the daughter of the late Ray F. and Donnabell (Stahl) Geckley.

Gay was a 1968 graduate of Highland high School and worked in the telecommunications industry; retiring from Ameritech, but most recently working for Chase Bank.

On June 16, 1973 she married Donald M. Barnhart in Shelby, Ohio; recently celebrating 42 years together as husband and wife.  Together they raised two children, Shannon and Shane.  They enjoyed family vacations down to Dale Hollow on the Kentucky-Tennessee boarder, where they camped and spent time on their boat.  Don and Gay also enjoyed going on cruises together.

Gay would read anything she could get her hands on and will be remembered for her spunky and outspoken nature.

Her son Shane recently had a daughter, Ava Elizabeth, and she became the shining star in Gay’s life.

She is survived by her husband Don of Ashley; their children Shannon Fisher and her husband Brian of Fredericktown and Shane Barnhart and his wife Mara of Phenix City, Alabama;  sisters, Cherri (Don) Burwell of Marengo and Kim (Tom) Clark of Marengo; one brother Scott Geckley of Kansas City, Missouri; a sister-in-law: Pam Geckley of Cardington; grandson Cody and granddaughter Ava Elizabeth.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her brother Fred.

A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, September 3rd at 6:00 PM at the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, 637 State Route 61, Sunbury, Ohio 43074 with Pastor Matt Mailey officiating.

In Lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 5555 Frantz Road, Dublin, OH 43017.

Condolences may be expressed to the family at .

The Snyder Funeral Homes are honored to serve the family of Mrs. Barnhart.

  • I’ll always remember Gay’s wonderful sense of humor, her courage and quiet, independent spirit. God bless all her loved ones with His peace.

  • My deepest condolences to Gay’s family. Gay could always put a smile on your face. May God be with you in this time of sorrow.

  • Thinking of your family, and lifting you all in prayer. May God put his arms around you all and comfort you. Treasure all your wonderful memories, they are a gift that will help carry you through!!


  • Gay was a wonderful person, very sweet and always positive. She will be so sorely missed by so many. May God be with you all during this sad time in your lives and may He give you the strength, courage and peace that you need in the days ahead. With heartfelt sympathy!

  • Gay was fun , let her mind be spoken but, she was a fun person
    and never knew what would come nextMy thoughts and prayers are with the whole family. Cherry,Scot,and Kim my deepest feelings she is finally at peace.

  • She will be missed. I was Gay’s manager for a while at Ameritech and she was one of a kind. She gave me more grief than anyone else, but she always gave a 125% in her job performance. I always said give me 10 of her and we would do the work of 25 people. She wanted those around her to be their best and to do their best. “No nonsense Gay”. She loved to laugh and to make those around her laugh. My God grant her family peace. She is probably telling God how she expects things to be. Miss ya girl!

  • Please except our heart felt condolences. Gay will always be with you in your hearts for ever.


  • I haven’t seen Gay in many years but I remember her as a child as our mothers were sisters and we got together every so often. My thoughts and prayers go out to her immediate and extended family at this time.
    Luana (McClarren) Bixler
    Adrian, MI

  • Gay was one of the spunkiest, most caring women I have ever met! I was truly blessed to have had the pleasure of working with her…..My heart goes out to her entire family. I know how difficult this time is…..lean on each other and remember all the good times!

  • Dear Don and family and Cherri, Scot and Kim:
    I am sorry for your loss.
    I am very thankful Gay joined several of us in May, meeting at Ruby Tuesdays.
    We had a wonderful visit. She will be missed.
    Praying for peace and comfort for your families.

  • Gay will be missed and I loved her dearly. We worked at At&T and Chase together and we always just picked up where we left off. Keep smiling dear Gay we know you are watching over us. God Bless the family.
    Sandi Harris

  • My condolences to the family. I worked with Gay many years ago at Ohio Bell. She was a hard worker, conscientious and well liked. She did things right and expected you to do the same. I am sorry for your loss.

  • So sorry for your loss. I worked at telephone company with Gay for years. We sat near each other so we talked a lot. She was a wonderful person and she didn’t involve herself in mess. She said her piece and that was that. She will be missed. God bless and keep her love ones

  • I worked with Gay at Ameritech and Chase. Lots of good memories. You will be missed. My condolences to the family.

  • I will miss stopping in just to say hello and visit with Gay. I have only known Gay just over a year as we recently became neighbors. In the short time I had the pleasure of becoming her friend she always had that contagious smile. I will miss our chats and laughs. Rest in peace my friend I know you are watching over us with the angels.

  • Dear Cherri, Kim, and Scott,

    Was surprised to hear of Gay’s death. It’s been so long since we’ve all been together. Please know that Dave and my thoughts are with you at what must be a very difficult time for you – her brother and sisters.

    May God’s peace and hope be with you.

    Bonnie (McClarren) and Dave Fisher

  • I am so sorry for your loss. Gay was such a spunky gal and I always enjoyed talking about books and family with her . May the peace that passes all understanding surround you all.

  • Dear Cherri, Kim, & Scott:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you, cousins, in your loss of Gay. I remember her as being a fun-loving and happy person. May you find comfort in the days ahead.

    Sue McClarren Irwin

  • So sorry for your loss, I remeber staying with Cherri and Gay was so much fun, remember all the good memories.God bless.