Sharon Elizabeth Shay Gilchrist, 63, of Tucker, GA, passed away on Thursday, May 17, 2012. Shay is survived by her mother Barbara Gilchrist, of East Greenwich, RI, her sister Barbara Lynn McIntyre, of East Greenwich, RI, Her brother Robert Gilchrist and sister-in-law Lynne, of Norridgewock, ME, Matthew Gilchrist, of East Greenwich, RI, and niece Shaylin Gilchrist; her beloved pets, Winston and Emma. Shay is also survived by her special friend Mat Mathews. Also many surviving aunts, uncles, and cousins. Shay grew up in a military family and, therefore, grew up all over the world. She graduated from James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA.; is a member of Alpha Sigma Tau social sorority. She retired from Delta Airlines as a flight attendant. She was currently working at Troncalli Motors Inc. She was a real "people" person who never met a person she didn't like. People gravitated to her, knowing she was genuinely interested in them. Family will receive friends Sunday, May 20, from 6-9 pm. A funeral mass will be said at 3 pm Monday, May 21, at Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel with Fr. James Harrison officiating. 1031 Lawrenceville Hwy, Lawrenceville GA, 30046 770 277-4550. Online condolences may be expressed at or Shay's Facebook Page

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  1. Like everyone else, I’m shocked. Shay, you will be missed by all of us who knew and loved you! And I hope that your passing will serve as a reminder to all of us who “remain” that we should always take the opportunity to express our love to those who are near and dear because we never know when we won’t have that chance again!
    G-d speed, Shay!

  2. I have such fond and fun memories of Shay from our time at Madison College. Her smile radiated and managed to promise a good time ahead. Deepest sympathy to her family.

  3. You will be dearly missed by your Troncalli family… It was always a pleasure to see what viberant color you were going to wear or what neat scarf you would have on, you won’t be leaving us girls any more unused coupons or making your yummy lemon bars…No more funny Winston stories only you told so well and no more other funny life stories either.No more runs to Tuesday Morning for some little trinket you and Denise had talked about… Although those may stop, the CD’s will still keep coming, but they won’t be brought up by you in a large stack to make Mara sigh in disgust…I know its all those little things that we will miss the most by not having you with us… We know you are in a better place and God needed you home. You will always be one of those good memories we will have when we need to smile or laugh. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers…

  4. We are absolutely shocked and terrifically saddened by this news. Shay was a wonderful person and will be sorely missed Our hearts go out to her family and friends

  5. You left us way too soon Shay. I will always cherish the times I spent with you at Madison College. You were always cheery, vibrant, and nice to an underclassman. A true example of how to live one’s life. We will miss you. My deepest sympathies to your family.

  6. I am still in a state of shock after hearing this news. Shay called me a month ago and sounded absolutely on top of the world. She was happy, healthy and active and it was wonderful to hear from her. I have such great memories of the years we spent as co-workers and great friends in Chicago. She seemed indomitable and her fearless attitude was admired by everyone. She was a force larger than life with an upbeat attitude and a fun loving spirit. I will miss her. So blessed to have had her in my life. My condolences to her family and to her friends.

  7. I have such wonderful memories of a four year friendship including two years sharing a suite at Madison College. Shay was so genuine, always beautiful and joyful. So sad to hear of her passing. My thoughts are with all who loved her.

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