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Gay (Grote) McMullen

December 3, 2015
Lake Placid News

Gay Grote McMullen, 66, of Adirondack Lodge Road, Lake Placid, passed away at home on Friday, Nov. 27, 2015, surrounded by her loving family.

Gay, born May 26, 1949, moved to Lake Placid from Dobbs Ferry in 1958 when her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles C. Grote, eventually purchased a home on Victor Herbert Road and a marina on Lake Placid. The eldest of six children, Gay was a fourth-grader at the time and was enrolled at the brand-new St. Agnes School, which she attended through the eighth grade, becoming a member of St. Agnes' first graduating class. She then attended St. Pius X High School in Saranac Lake and graduated as salutatorian in 1967. She continued her education at Oswego State College and Claremont Secretarial School in New Jersey.

Upon graduation, Gay worked for the law firm of Favor R. Smith for more than 30 years until Favor's retirement. Most recently she deeply enjoyed her work at the Lake Placid Sinfonietta as development coordinator. Along with the Sinfonietta, her other passions included volunteering at the Ecumenical Charities Food Pantry, supporting her son's widely ranging outdoor activities, and being a deeply loving and involved mother and wife.

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Married to Don McMullen at Adirondack Community Church in 1973, she is survived by him and her son Ian McMullen of Sterling, Alaska. She is also survived by five siblings: Bruce Grote of Boca Raton, Florida, Heidi Grote Norton of Shelbyville, Tennessee, Heather Grote of Pawling, Craig Grote of Shelbyville, Tennesee, Holly Grote Mullins of Pikeville, Kentucky, and several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5 at the Clark Funeral Home, 2310 Saranac Ave., Lake Placid. A funeral service will follow at 4 p.m. at the funeral home. The Rev. Milton Dudley and the Rev. Ingrid Johnson will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, Gay has requested that donations be made to the Lake Placid Sinfonietta Centennial Campaign Endowment, P.O. Box 1303, Lake Placid, NY 12946, or the Ecumenical Charities Program Food Pantry, 169 Hillcrest Ave., Lake Placid, NY 12946.

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