Beloved wife and mother, Anna Mariea Rose Gay, returned to her heavenly home on May 25, 2013 after a valiant battle with ovarian cancer.
Anna Mariea was born in Munich, Germany on December 18, 1933, the third of five children, born to Ludwig Kohlmann Opfermann and Maria Emilie Spinngruber Opfermann. Anna Mariea was blessed with a sunny disposition and a beautiful singing voice. Her God-given talents were a great blessing to her family and countless others throughout her life.
In 1948, her family joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and were baptized in the Baltic Sea. They emigrated from Germany to America in 1953, settling in Georgia, where she later met and married Robert Lee Youngblood. Their fifteen-year marriage was blessed with six children. In time, she moved to Salt Lake City, Utah and married S. Parker Gay where they raised her six children and in addition were blessed with triplets.
Anna Mariea is survived by her husband of 43 years, S. Parker Gay, and her nine children: Lee (Val) Youngblood, Susanne Whitaker, Angela (Steve) Haymond, Amber (Devin) Anderson, Jessica Kearley, Nannette (Ryan) Tibbitts, and the Triplets: Josie (Kim) Carroll, Tom (Sarah) Gay, Jon (Noemi) Gay; and 34 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; as well as three stepchildren: Parker Gay (Stephanie) Bauer, Nancy (John) DeFord, and Linda (Scott) Blanton.
Anna Mariea is also survived by Dr. Robert Lee Youngblood, and her four siblings: Inge Topham, H. Karl Opfermann, Ludwig Opfermann, and Elke Christiansen.
Funeral Services will be held at the Neff’s Canyon Ward Chapel, 4176 Adonis Drive, Salt Lake City (84124), on Wednesday, May 29, at Noon with a Visitation beginning at 10:00 AM. The Viewing will be Tuesday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the Adonis Drive Ward building.
In lieu of flowers and honoring Anna Mariea’s wishes, donations may be made to ovarian cancer research at www.AnnaMarieaGay.com/Donate.