Charlotte Smith Gay Robitaille, 86, of 15 Bull Mountain Road, Asheville, died Sunday, January 9, 2000, in an Asheville hospital.

Mrs. Robitaille was born in North Attleboro, MA, and was a former resident of Wrentham and Holliston, MA until moving to Asheville six years ago. She was a daughter of the late William and Susan Curly Smith, the wife of the late George F. Gay and the late Edward Robitaille and was also preceded in death by a son, George F. Gay, of Tampa, FL. She was a retired nurse and a member of the Basilica of St. Lawrence, D.M.

Surviving are a son, Gerald Robert Gay and his wife Jean of Asheville, six grandchildren and a number of great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be 11:00 am Wednesday in the Patton Avenue chapel of Groce Funeral Home with the Rev. Fr. Christopher Davis officiating. Interment will be in Holliston, MA.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mountain Area Hospice, PO Box 16, Asheville, NC 28802, or to the American Heart Association, 50 South French Broad Ave., Asheville, NC 28801.

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