Gay L. Varner, 83

Gay L. Varner, 83 years, of Sherwood, Ohio passed away Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at Fountain Park Assisted Living, Bryan, Ohio. Gay was born January 9, 1937 in Allen County, Indiana, daughter of the late Lewis and Lois (McDonald) Guiff. She was a 1955 graduate of Hicksville High School. Gay married Herbert L. Varner on March 10, 1956 in Hicksville, Ohio and he preceded her in death on July 19, 2018. She was a devoted wife and mother, always taking care of her family. Gay retired from Community Hospitals and Wellness Center as a dietician. She was a member of Sherwood United Methodist Church, the church choir and the Sherwood FireBelles.

Surviving are her four children, Krista (Fred) Rice of Sherwood, Ohio, Jane (Mark) Galliers of Defiance, Ohio, Rodney (Shari) Varner of Edgewood, Iowa and Kelly (Craig) Christian of Glasgow, Kentucky; nine grandchildren, Danny (Cheryl) Crites , Kevin (Tiffany) Crites, Brittney (Joe) Selonke, Brady Galliers, Grant Varner, Spencer Varner, Emilee Christian, Lydia Christian and Jacob Christian; seven great-grandchildren, Kalieb Crites, Kelsie Crites, Brennon Crites, Zoe Crites Krandon Crites and Leetim Crites, Jack Selonke; one sister, Virginia Bercaw. Gay was preceded in death by a grandson, Zachary Cloyd; a sister Bonnie Mathes and a brother Donald Guiff.

Visitation for Gay L. Varner will be held Friday, October 2, 2020 from 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. at Oberlin-Turnbull Funeral Home, 230 E. Elm St., Sherwood. Private family services will be held. Interment will take place in Sherwood Cemetery, Sherwood the public is invited to attend at 3:00 p.m. Due to the ongoing Pandemic masks and social distancing will be required.

The family asks those remembering Gay to make memorial contributions to Elara Hospice.

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