Alpha Fay ‘Granny’ McVay
Alpha Fay “Granny” McVay, 99, of Delaware, passed away Saturday morning (July 7, 2012) at the Wintersong Village Nursing Home.
She was born July 15, 1912, in Spencer, W. Va., to Ovey J. and Margaret Columbia (Davis) Pursley. She was raised on a tobacco farm and enjoyed raising cattle and farming. Upon moving to Delaware County, she managed the Glenside Fruit Farm from 1957 to 1962. In her younger years, she taught students in the fourth and fifth grades. Later, along with her husband, she was a founding member of the Lewis Center Freewill Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday school. She also was a volunteer with the Red Cross during World War II. She was a homemaker extraordinaire who enjoyed gardening, quilting, taking trips and traveling with the Senior Citizens. She read her Bible completely through every year and was a member of the Friendly Neighbors Club. She loved spending time with her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
She is survived by two sons, Dewey McVay of Delaware and Jay James McVay of Mt. Vernon; three daughters, Faye (Lee) Stepp of Lutz, Fla., Judy Frost and Vickie (Rick) Rice of Delaware; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; a brother, Leo Pursley of Cincinnati; and special friends, Lori Cimino, Linda Glassburn and Tammy McKenzie. A special thank you goes to the caregivers at Wintersong Village Nursing Home.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Cecil; a son, Virgil McVay; granddaughter, Carla McVay; a brother, Reedy; and four sisters, Irene, Mary, Ruth and Ruby.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 10, at the Snyder Rodman Funeral Center, 1510 W. William St. at Valleyside Drive, Delaware, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 11, with the Rev. Dwight Cimino and the Rev. Tony Walker officiating. Burial will follow in Fairview Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will then host a reception in the Snyder Rodman Community Room.
Contributions in her memory may be made to Harbor Light Hospice, 751 Brooksedge Plaza Drive, Westerville, OH 43081.
To share a memory of “Granny McVay” or to offer condolences to the family, please visit snyderfuneralhomes.com.