Geraldine Gay Metcalfe

Published 8:57 am Tuesday, December 19, 2023

Sept. 6, 1937 – Dec. 12, 2023

Geraldine Gay Coskery Metcalfe, affectionately known as Gay or “Gay Gay”, was born on September 6, 1937, in Philadelphia, PA. She passed away peacefully on December 12, 2023, leaving behind a legacy of selfless service, love, and grace.

Gay grew up outside of Philadelphia in Rose Valley, PA and spent most of her summers at the Jersey Shore with her extended family whom she adored.  She attended Cedar Crest College where she played Field Hockey. When her parents moved to Natchez, she transferred to Louisiana State University where she followed in her mother’s footsteps pledging Delta Delta Delta.

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She married Albert Williams Metcalfe on March 24, 1959, in Natchez in the parlor at The Parsonage, the Metcalfe family home. She spent endless hours volunteering for the Natchez Garden Club and The First Presbyterian Church Natchez. She also enjoyed volunteering for The Stew Pot, entertaining, and visiting her elderly friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert Williams Metcalfe, her parents, Edgar Gibson Coskery and Florence Geise Coskery, her brother, Edgar Gibson Coskery, Jr. (Corky), and sister, Constance Page Coskery Cauthen.

Survivors include her daughter, Deborah Page Metcalfe Aiken and husband George Garland Aiken of Beaufort, NC, her son Albert Williams Metcalfe, Jr. and his wife Jennifer Glime Metcalfe of Charlotte, NC, her daughter Susan Coskery Metcalfe Ray and her husband, James William Ray of Charlotte, NC,  and six precious grandchildren Lauren Paige Aiken of Brooklyn, NY, James Williams Ray, Jr. of Charlotte, NC, Albert Williams Metcalfe, III of Charlotte, NC, George Simmons Aiken of Raleigh, NC, Morgan Metcalfe Ray of Nashville, TN, and Joseph Laurens Metcalfe of Atlanta, GA.

The Metcalfe family expresses immense gratitude to Lending Love and her treasured caregivers including Zelmon, Caroline W., Tosha, Josephine, Donna, Gloria, and Caroline A. who provided loving care to Gay as well as to Johnny Abbott who has been a devoted friend to the family and caretaker of the Metcalfe home for many years.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church of Natchez, Preservation Society of Elliott’s Hill, the Natchez Cemetery Foundation, The Stew Pot, and the Natchez Humane Society or a charity of your choice.

May her soul rest in eternal peace and may her legacy of love and service continue to inspire us all.

A Celebration of Life service will be scheduled after the New Year at First Presbyterian Church.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at lairdfh.com.