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Gay Rebecca Sharp

The angels are likely posing for a group picture, as Heaven has gained the services of a beloved, keen-eyed professional photographer. Gay Rebecca Sharp, 67, of Circleville, Ohio, passed away Friday, March 8, 2013, at the Pickaway Manor Care Center in Circleville. She was surrounded by friends and family and passed peacefully.

Gay was born February 9, 1946, in Cleveland, Ohio, and was the daughter of James and Dorothy Peterson, of Bremen, Ohio. She was a 1964 graduate of Fairfield Union High School and a 1968 graduate of The Ohio State University, earning a bachelor's degree in home economics education.

Always a creative person, stemming from her days of oil painting with her dad as a child, Gay started her own photography business, Gay Sharp Photography, in 1975 from her family's home in Stoutsville, Ohio. While her first love and life-long specialty was wedding photography, she also did portraits, sports leagues and special events. She served as the yearbook photographer for Logan Elm High School near Circleville for 10 years, and also was a yearbook photographer for Amanda-Clearcreek and Teays Valley high schools. While running her business, she was an advisor for the Sewing Chefs 4-H Club in Oakland, Ohio.

From 1988 to 1991, Gay moved her business from the home studio to a Circleville location, before the draw of beaches and warm sun prompted her to migrate south. She operated Sharp Photography in Sarasota, Fla., from 1991 to 2011 at several studio locations and then finally from her home. While weddings were still her specialty, beach portraits became a new and beloved offering. Gay also did photography for Southeast, Bayshore, Manatee, Lakewood Ranch, Riverview, Sarasota and Venice high schools in Florida.

While in Florida, Gay was an active member of the Bay Professional Photographer's Association, serving as a board member and president in 2001. She also was a member of the Florida Professional Photographers, serving on several committees, conducting seminars, working at state conventions and receiving the group's Florida Education Degree in 2005 and Florida Service Award in 2007. She attended FPP's annual Florida School of Photography in Daytona for 15 years.

Gay taught wedding photography classes at the International Academy of Design and Technology in Tampa from 2006 to 2009. During her more than 35-year career as a photographic artist, she had several articles published in photography magazines, and earned numerous state and local print competition merits and awards. She also was a member of the Professional Photographers of America, the Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, the Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce, serving as the official photographer for both chambers. She also was a member of the Weddings of Sarasota Network and a past officer for the Women Owners of Florida Network.

A scarlet-blooded Buckeye at heart, Gay was an active member of The Ohio State University Sarasota-Manatee Florida Alumni Club, serving as a past officer and regularly returning to Ohio for OSU football games.

From 2006 to 2011, Gay had a second home in Canal Winchester, Ohio, and did photography in Ohio and Florida. She became a member of the Canal Winchester Chamber of Commerce and the Lancaster/Fairfield County Chamber of Commerce.

In 2011, Gay returned to Ohio full-time to be closer to family, eventually moving to Circleville. She is survived by her three sons, Scott (Joy) of Stoutsville, Adam (Lisa) of Circleville, and Kyle (Becky) of Stoutsville; 11 grandchildren, Katerina, Kaylee, Sydney, Brady, Bryce, Joce, Trent, Aaron, Sara, Dominic and Kylee; sister Karen (Mark) Cangiano of Brookline, Mass.; and nephew Leon J. Cangiano of Carlsbad, Calif.

A celebration of Gay's life will be held Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. at the TAYLOR FUNERAL HOME, 111 West Main Street, Amanda, Ohio 43102 with Rev. Marilin Miller officiating. She will be laid to rest at the Maple Hill Cemetery in Stoutsville, Ohio. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, from 4-8 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Gay Sharp Photography Mentorship Fund in care of the funeral home.

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Gay and I were friends all through school in Bremen and Fairfield Union. She will be missed by many!

Wanda (Thomas) Turner

Wanda Turner - March 11, 2013 at 09:11 AM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Scott, Adam and Kyle, Sorry for your loss will be thinking of you
Shawn Rayburm

shawn Rayburn - March 11, 2013 at 08:47 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

I want to express my condolences at the loss of your mother, sister and grandmother. I have not heard her name for years but as soon as I saw her picture in the obituaries it brought back fond memories of her taking my wedding photos in 1981. You now have a beautiful angel keeping watch over each of you. May God Bless you all in your time of loss.

Sue Braskett Gaona
Phoenix, Az.

Sue Gaona - March 11, 2013 at 02:11 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

We were deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Gay, we met her thru our OSU Sarasota Alumni and always enjoyed being with her, always had a smile and good stories, she enjoyed being with all the Buckeye Friends on Football Saturday's, she will be deeply missed. Our Prayers and Thoughts are with the Family at this time of Sorrow.
Sue & Dick Fenstermaker

Sue Fenstermaker - March 12, 2013 at 09:49 AM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

I first met Gay at 4-H Camp where she and Don were camp advisors. Even then, she was one that you wanted to be around. She always had that beautiful smile and light hearted laughter. Throughout the years she had taken many photos of our family, capturing only the best and having so much fun while doing so.
My deepest sympathy to her family keeping all of you in my thoughts and prayers.
She was my good friend, an icon of her own and will be missed by many.
Rest in Peace Gay.

Barb Gobel

Barb Gobel - March 10, 2013 at 10:11 AM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Gay was one of the nicest people I ever met. We became friends about 12 years ago sharing our interest in photography. She used to come and see me perform as a musician in Sarasota, and we had nice visits shared a love of music as well. She was a very dear friend and I will miss her, and think of her often.

Scotty McFarland - March 10, 2013 at 05:15 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

The Stephenson-Moreau family of Sarasota were shocked and saddened by Gay's passing. She had been a part of our OSU and personal family for years. She made 3 of our family weddings so special by her expertise and personel touch. We seemed to feel she was part of the family,especially since our original family is from Canal Winchester and Pickerington. Our deepest sympathy for the loss of your very special person.
Phyllis Stephenson Blackburn

Phyllis Stephenson Blackburn - March 12, 2013 at 01:48 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

I was blessed to have met Gay about six weeks ago while making clergy visits at the Pickaway Manor Nursing Home. I was drawn into her room by the beautiful flowers and balloons. Entering her room, I met a beautiful woman more lovely than all of the flowers, with a spirit flying higher than the balloons. Although a stranger, I was greeted by Gay and her Sister as a neighbor stopping by to say hello.

Each week me, or a member of our congregation would stop in to check on Gay and we held Gay in our hearts and in our prayers. Last Friday, on the afternoon before her passing, two members from our congregation comforted Gay again in prayer. This past Sunday we stopped in Gay's empty room to pray and to thank God for allowing us to be a part of such a beautiful life.

We offer our deepest condolences to Gay's family and our continued prayers during your time of bereavement.

Love in Christ,
Alethea Botts, Pastor
Peg Hinton and Bev Stahr
Tarlton and South Perry United Methodist Churches

Alethea Botts - March 12, 2013 at 03:40 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Scott, Adam and Kyle,

You and your families are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Nicholle Trivette Minch

Nicholle Trivette Minch - March 13, 2013 at 08:53 AM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

My mom, Zuzu aka Alberta Jean Zuliani knew gay in high school. I had a great time on her farm getting my senior pictures done in 87. Our prayers are with you all.

Staci Cooper-hoffmann - March 12, 2013 at 07:08 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

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