Gay Currie Fox, 97, of Black Mountain, NC, passed away Sunday, March 25, 2018 at her home.
Gay was born in Kiangsi, China; to the late Edward Currie and Gay Vaughn Wilson Currie. She is also preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Fox; brothers, David, Edward and John Currie, and sister Lucy Calvin Currie.
Gay earned her BA from Agnes Scott College; her RN Degree from Columbia University, and her Master’s in Public Health from UNC Chapel Hill. She was a member of Warren Wilson Presbyterian Church, headed the Western North Carolina Women's Democrat Committee, served on the committee for the Martin Luther King Breakfast in Asheville and chaplaincy committee at the Women’s Prison.
She worked as a nurse with the Agency of International Development (A.I.D) where she developed an orphanage that became a demonstration model in 1959. She set up the first international adoption agency in Tehran.
Additionally, she served on the Black Mountain board of Aldermen where she achieved a professional recreation department and director, Affirmative Action, Personal Policy, a Credit Union, rescued Lake Tomahawk, and was instrumental in helping convert the old town hall building in to The Black Mountain Center for the Arts.
Surviving Gay are her daughters, Marguerite Crawford and husband Phillip of Black Mountain, NC, Joanne Fox of Ridgeville, SC; sister, Anne Leggoe of Tallahassee, FL; grandchildren, Beverly Anne Clark and husband Shawn of Fredericksburg, VA, Joseph Edward Thornhill of Converse, LA, Gay Claire Schlosser of Minneapolis, MN, Anna Christina Crawford of Black Mountain, NC and great grandchildren, KayCee Clark and Laine Thornhill.
A memorial service will be held at 5:30 pm on April 6, 2018 at Warren Wilson Presbyterian Church, followed by a reception at Black Mountain Center for the Arts, and the sunset/candle light service at Lake Tomahawk.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation to the Black Mountain Center for the Arts, 225 West State Street, Black Mountain, NC 28711.
Condolences can be made to the family at www.ashevilleareaalternative.com