Gay Marie (Lundstrom) Ragan was born to Ray and Cecil Lundstrom on Sept 25, 1938 in Wilbur. She grew up living as an only child on her parentsâ€™ ranch, which is known as the â€śLundstrom Ranch,â€ť on what is now the â€śHellâ€™s Gate Game Refuge on the Colville Indian Reservation.â€ť
Her parents were homesteaders and raised cattle and horses on the home ranch. Boredom was never in Gayâ€™s vocabulary. Gay loved riding horses, painting and taking pictures. Riding horses was her most treasured time. Because there were no schools in that area, she stayed at her aunt Hulda and uncle Hugo Carlsonâ€™s home in Spokane during school months and graduated from high school as Salutatorian from North Central High School. Her heart was always on the ranch, though, and there was nothing she liked better than to ride horses and take pictures of the White Stone area. Gay loved painting water color pictures of her horse and White Stone ranch surroundings. Her pictures showed how life was, growing up as an only child in a very rural area.
Gay met the love of her life, Donald Ragan and they were married Oct. 25, 1956. Together, they made a life of ranching and raising four children: Steve, Clint, Glen and Sharon. Gay was very busy raising four children, cooking and tending to a huge garden. From her garden, she canned vegetables and fruit that were grown with the help of her green thumb.
After many years of ranching, they made the hard decision to give up ranching and bought a fishing boat named the â€śGay Don,â€ť and went commercial fishing in southeast Alaska. Gay enjoyed bible studies, and visiting with her friends. Gay also loved playing cards. There was nothing she liked better during the off-season than playing cards with â€śHer Hubby.â€ť She always maintained she would give â€śHer Hubbyâ€ť a game now and then, just so he would keep playing. Up until her passing, Donald and Gay enjoyed listening to Western music, playing cards and other games twice a week when Donald was visiting her at Buena Vista.
Gay was diagnosed with MS at the early age of 17. She battled this disease up until her passing this April 12, 2014.
At the time of her passing, she was residing at Buena Vista Manor in Colville.
Gay was preceded in death, her husband, Donald Ragan, Kewa; Steve Ragan, Spokane; Clint Ragan, Keller; Glen Ragan, Jacksonville, Fl; Sharon Knapton, Republic and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends.
Gayâ€™s final resting place will be at Mountain View Cemetery, Davenport.
The family would like to thank the employees of Buena Vista for their commitment and loving care they provided for her. The family wishes all gifts and donations go toward the MS Society, www.Nationalmssociety.org