Pamela Jane Kettis Gay, 59, of Warrenton, passed away surrounded by family on Sunday morning, March 10, 2019, after an extended illness with cancer, a very rare form of acute myeloid leukemia (AML). She fought courageously as she battled AML for the past 16 months.
This was Pam’s second blood cancer; her life was saved through a bone marrow transplant in September 2010 when her generous and loving sister, Beth Lundberg, donated her bone marrow, a procedure that enabled Pam to live an additional eight years.
She was born April 20, 1959, in Warren, Pa.
Pam graduated with honors from Warren Area High School in Warren, Pa., in 1977 (Go Dragons!). She graduated cum laude in 1981 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from what is now Edinboro University. She was a Registered Nurse (RN) for 37 years prior to her latest illness. For the past 30 years of her career she was employed as an RN at Fauquier Hospital. From 2001 to 2018, she was the Employee Health Nurse at Fauquier Hospital, with certifications in Occupational Health and Case Management.
Pam was unfailingly cheerful and upbeat, never losing her faith and spirituality, even in the face of the disease that took her life. People naturally gravitated to Pam. Her radiant smile and infectious laugh were beloved by everyone who had the honor of knowing her. Pam is now in Heaven with our Lord and was welcomed with open arms by her dear son, Patrick, and father, John.
Pam was preceded in death by her father, John William Kettis (1993), and her middle son, Patrick Ryan Gay (2007).
She is survived by her mother, Anita Beverly Cheronis Kettis (age 91); her husband for the past 37 years, Thomas Joseph Gay; her oldest son, Christopher John Gay (Kendall); her youngest son, Eric Thomas Gay (Sarah); two grandchildren, Parker Ryan Gay (age 2) and Wylie Marie Gay (age 6 months); four sisters, Terry Kettis (John), Beth Lundberg (Michael), Vickie Poole (Bill), and Diane Becker (Joe); several nieces and nephews; a great nephew; a great niece, and her mother-in-law, Anne Harrington Gay (age 92).
The family will receive friends from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 15, at Moser Funeral Home in Warrenton. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 16, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Warrenton. Interment will take place at Bright View Cemetery near Warrenton, with reception to follow.
Memorial contributions may be made to Spiritual Care Support Ministries, 76 W. Shirley Ave., Warrenton, Va. 20186 and/or the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society, 5540 Falmouth St., Suite 101, Richmond, Va. 23230.
Online condolences may be offered at www.moserfuneralhome.com