Grace French ‘Gay’ Casey, 88, artist whose paintings were displayed at Franklin Square Art Gallery

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Grace French ‘Gay’ Casey, 88, of Southport, passed away on Monday, June 6, 2016.

Mrs. Casey was born December 29, 1927, in Needham, Mass., the daughter of the late James Dudley and Sarah Pickard French of Newberry. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and volunteered at Dosher Memorial Hospital for many years.

Gay was a talented artist; her many scenes of Southport and her ‘Grandma Moses’-style paintings were displayed at Franklin Square Art Gallery. Gay will be forever remembered for her gorgeous penmanship and the time-honored art of letter writing.

She joins her late husband, William Joseph Casey; and is remembered by her loving family members, including two sons, William J. Casey Jr., and his wife, Ginny, of West Stockbridge, Mass., and Timothy P. Casey, and his wife, Pam, of Lakewood, Colo.; two daughters, Nancy Casey Petrucka, and her husband, Russell, of Apalachicola, Fla., and Debbie Casey of Egremont, Mass.; and sister, Dorothy Epting of Newberry. She was blessed with 11 grandchildren and their families.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 16, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

The family would like to express heartfelt appreciation to and request that memorial contributions be made to Carillon Assisted Living, 1125 E. Leonard St., Southport, NC 28461; and Lower Cape Fear Hospice Foundation, 955 Mercy Lane, Bolivia, NC 28422, for their loving care of Grace.

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