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Unitarian Church of Evanston
Friday August 19th, 2022

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Gay Menges

Gay Menges, age 83, passed away on August 10, 2022 at her home in The Mather in Evanston, IL. She was born in Ashtabula, Ohio in 1939, the daughter of Richard and Elizabeth Baldwin. Her beloved husband of 33 years, Dr. Robert
Menges, passed away in 1998. He was an internationally recognized
educational psychologist, author and professor at Northwestern University.
Gay is survived by her sons Jon and David Menges. Gay was a loving
grandmother to five grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
A fifty-year resident of Evanston, Illinois,

Gay was an example of perseverance, faithfulness, patience, and hard work. She pursued her undergraduate and graduate degrees at Bowling Green and
Boston Universities. During her early professional life, she was a high school
and junior college teacher of English Literature. She then established a career
as an editor and textbook manager in the publishing industry. She served as
an editor and textbook management coordinator at a number of the most
prestigious publishing houses in the United States, including Prentice Hall,
Rand McNally, and McDougal Littell. Gay loved books and belonged to several
book groups. She loved gardening. She liked her work, and she loved to travel
and experience new things. Most of all Gay loved her sons, her family, and her
friends. She was very active in the Evanston Unitarian church and The Mather
community. She had many longtime friends.

A memorial service is planned for 2pm on Friday, August 19, 2022 at the Evanston Unitarian Church, 1330 Ridge Avenue, Evanston, Illinois 60201
In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations in honor of Gay be made to the
Unitarian Church of Evanston, 1330 Ridge Avenue, Evanston, 60201


I never met Gay but I feel I knew her through my brother Ron. He always shared such great stories about her. I'm sorry we never met, but happy Ron was her friend for so long. She must have been a gem. Sending sympathy to her family and friends.

Debbie Worman Aug 18 2022 3:25 PM

Gay and I both loved to snorkel and to travel. For 16years,"The Ladies Who Snorkel" would visit a Caribbean Island for a week. She and I did many trips all over the world. We met in a grief group just after both of us had become widows...24 years ago.

Miriam Kelm Aug 17 2022 12:45 PM

Gay was interested and interesting. You can't ask for more than that in a friend. We took too long to discover we both loved jazz. I will think of her every time I go the Steve Rashid's club or downtown to hear Wynton and Branford. I'm glad Jon will play her on her way.

Pat Groh Aug 15 2022 6:27 PM

Gay and I shared maternity clothes. She would wear something one week then wash it and it would be my turn and vice versa. She taught me all about gardening and sewing as well. We have been true buddies for 54 years. Howard and I love her and respected and admired her dogged determination and passion to do the best and right thing ! We will miss her terribly. Now that we have lost Gay it has rekindled the pain of losing Bob at such an early age.

Elaine and Howard Jacobson Aug 14 2022 9:10 PM

Gay was a steady, reliable, honest, perceptive, caring friend to me for 60 years. I greatly regret losing her. I hope I can keep her in some way, sitting on my shoulder, as a continuing friend and positive force in my life.

Sue Lodgen Aug 14 2022 7:37 PM