Gay Whipple Saunders

Posted On March 12th, 2011 -


Gay Whipple Saunders, passed away peacefully at home on March 5, 2011. She was 92 years old. Gay was born in Salt Lake City to Anor and Aurilla May Whipple. She grew up in Holladay with her brother, Ross & sister, Helen. Gay attended Granite High School and the University of Utah where she graduated with a degree in art and then continued at Chouinard School of Art in Los Angeles. She married Cecil Allen Saunders in 1943, they later divorced. They moved to Hawaii where they raised their four children on Niuiki Circle. She was an accomplished interior designer. Her designs were used at Honolulu International Airport and Kamehameha Schools. She was active with the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers in Hawaii and later in Utah. In 1965 she returned to Holladay Utah to care for her mother. She was a decorator for leading Salt Lake furniture stores. Gay loved to travel and has been a world traveler for years. She bought new luggage last year.

Gay is survived by her children, Kathryn Bob of Mililani, Hawaii, Barb Saunders of Bainbridge Island, Washington, C. Allen (Chris) of Sandy, Utah and Stephen (Patt) of Lahaina, Hawaii as well as seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Ross Whipple and sister Helen Ingalls.

Services will be held at the East Millcreek LDS Ward, 2702 E. Evergreen Avenue with a visitation at 10:45 – 11:45 am. Services begin at 12:00 noon. Interment: Salt Lake City Cemetery, 200 North “N” Street, SLC. Online condolences may be made to

In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the American Diabetes Association or favorite charity.

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