Gay was born in Eastland TX on October 24, 1940 to Jack E. and LaNelle (Garner) Brown. She grew up in Pasadena TX and graduated in 1959 from Pasadena High School where she was in the band and a high stepping Eagle Majorette.
In 1961 her parents moved to Abilene and she followed her dad to work for General Dynamics where they were building underground missile silos (a government defense program). She worked there until the program was completed and was offered a job at Cape Canaveral Florida.
From that day on she was hooked. She made a career in the aerospace industry that lasted 30 years, starting in an airplane hangar on the flight line at Dyess AFB stocking spare missile parts, then in the clerical field working as a technical writer, and retiring as a technical librarian for the Space Shuttle Program at the Johnson Space Center in Houston.
Gay received the NASA coveted Silver Snoopy award in 1991. She was presented the Silver Snoopy pin by the Space Shuttle Astronaut, Lauren Shriver, who commanded the mission it flew on.
Gay and Stan met at NASA in Houston and were married in 1985 in Lake Tahoe Nevada. She has 2 children from a previous marriage and he has 3.
They both retired from their NASA jobs in 1991 and Stan was offered a job in Europe working as a contractor for the European Space Agency center in Holland. It was a two year assignment that became 5 years and gave them the opportunity to tour most of the European countries. They had many visits from family and friends and Gay became an excellent "Tour Guide" to show them the wonderful sites in Holland.
Upon returning from Europe they settled in Wimberley TX. Gay's mother had passed and Gay became the legal guardian of her handicapped sister, Mauri, who initially lived with her and Stan until she moved into a group facility in New Braunfels. Gay continued to have her home on weekends and holidays. In 2016 Gay's niece Kate McLennan assumed Gay's role as Marui's guardian.
In 1990, before going to Europe, Gay was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease, which medicine controlled for the first 10 or 11 years. As the symptoms worsened, she was fortunate to be deemed a candidate for Deep Brain Stimulation implant in 2003, which worked like a miracle and gave her a "new life" again for another 10 years. But Parkinson's has no cure, so it again caused her to go into a steady decline staring about 2013.
Gay passed away on March 3, 2017 in the Deer Creek Nursing Home in Wimberley.
Gay is survived by her husband Stan Luczkowski, son Dan Williams, Daughter Jessie Kinniard, step son Mark Luczkowski, step daughters Barbara Blocker and Kathy Coe, sisters Bonnie Kaufman, Delores Murphy and Mauri Brown, 4 grandchildren , 3 great grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. A celebration of life service is scheduled for 1:00 p.m., Monday, March 13th at The Chapel in the Hills in Wimberley, TX. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the National Parkinson Foundation.