Gay Fleiss Lindley

Teacher, traveler

Age 87

September 19, 2005

Gay Fleiss Lindley, a retired substitute teacher in Baltimore County and 50-year member of the Women's Club of Glyndon, died Sept. 12 of leukemia at Ephrata Hospital in Manheim, Pa. She was 87.

She was born in Atlantic City, N.J., and graduated in 1935 from Atlantic City High School. She was runner-up in the 1936 Miss Atlantic City contest.

She worked briefly as a telephone operator before marrying L. Lee Lindley in 1939, who went on to become principal at Pikesville and Franklin high schools, where Mrs. Lindley was a regular substitute.

Mrs. Lindley also traveled the world with her husband, who went to work for a travel agency after retiring from the school system. Together, they visited Hawaii many times, often leading tours of Marylanders, as well as Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Germany and dozens of other countries.

"She had a zest for life and a curiosity that never aged," said Patricia Lindley, her daughter-in-law. "She was always looking to learn something new, go somewhere new, try something new, and that made her ageless in her attitude toward life."

A memorial service was held yesterday.

Other survivors include a daughter, Janis King of Newsmantown, Pa.; a son, James Lindley of Timonium; a sister, Doris Schmidt of Northfield, N.J.; and six grandchildren.

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