Buying flowers from us ensures that your order will be fulfilled through working with a network florists that are trusted by local funeral homes and recognized partners of the funeral industry. A customized message, along with a photo of your selected arrangement will remain in perpetuity within this memorial website. This service also includes “Smart Select” whereby the store notifies you if your floral selection has already been selected by another sender. This allows you the opportunity to choose a different product to ensure the family has a beautiful and unique selection of unique floral arrangements.
The price of these selections also includes the funeral home’s care of the flowers after the funeral and the delivery to the family or facility of choice where they can be rearranged and enjoyed by others for a longer period.
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In today’s changing world with climate change and environment concerns, “Honoring a Life” allows for family and friends to plant a memorial tree in honor of their loved one and friend. The purchase of a tree creates a beautiful permanent record on the Honoring a Life website, www.honoringalife.org. Each tree is planted through the efforts of Forestry Services throughout North America who determine where the greatest needs for reforestation are. Once planted, the geographical location where the tree is planted will be added to the record. A beautiful card is also sent to the family signifying your thoughtful gesture.
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Thomas Michael Gay, 67, died on May 18, 2010 in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Family will greet friends at the funeral home from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. on Friday, May 21, 2010. His funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 22, 2010 at Strode Funeral Home Chapel in Stillwatern with Pastor Larry Eslinger officiating. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Strode Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He was born on August 31, 1942 to E.H. and LaDoris Gay in Beggs, Oklahoma. He married Marilyn L. Watts on November 21, 1966 in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
He worked in law enforcement for 17 years and was a member of Elks Lodge.
Michael enjoyed golf, fishing, and hunting. He was a real people person, who took pleasure in family gatherings, cookouts, and loved to make people laugh.
He was preceded in death by his parents E.H and LaDoris and one brother, Jerry Gay.
He is survived by two sons, Donny W. Gay, of Stillwater and Glenn Steven Gay, of Stillwater; one daughter, Melissa S. Hawkins and husband, Jason, of Stillwater; a son from a previous marriage, Thomas M. Gay, of Virginia and one daughter, Lisa M. Holt, of Virginia; three granddaughters, Savannah, Courtney, and Shelby Hawkins; and one sister, Suzette Branton and husband, Charles, of Canton, TX.
Condolences may be emailed to the family and an online obituary may be viewed by visiting www.strodefh.com .
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