Friends of Historic Woolsey

Preserving Our Yesterdays for Tomorrow 

Remembering Stella Gay Woolsey (1856 – 1922): A Pillar of Her Community

Stella Gay Woolsey, a name that resonated profoundly with the people of Fayette County, Georgia, was not just a woman of her time, but she was a beacon of love, strength, and kindness. Born into the family of Wiley Jones Gay and Pelatiah McLeroy Gay, Stella spent her entire life in Fayette County, shaping the community with her unwavering commitment to service.

Marriage and Early Life

Stella's life took a significant turn when she married Charles Reagan Woolsey on December 27, 1876. The couple first settled in a community named after Charles' father, I.G. Woolsey. The Woolseys, after a few years of living there, relocated to Brooks, Georgia, around 1900, a place they would call home for the rest of their lives.

Stella the Homemaker

Among her various roles, Stella was primarily a homemaker, a loving wife, and an affectionate mother to nine children. Her house was not just a home but a sanctuary where values were instilled, character was built, and love was the fundamental thread that held everyone together. Her deep care for her loved ones' spiritual welfare was evident in how she nurtured her family and guided them through life's complexities.

Stella the Friend

Those fortunate enough to be in Stella's circle knew her as more than just a friend. Her innate kindness made her a confidant, a shoulder to lean on, and a helping hand in times of need. She was known to often put others ahead of herself, a testament to her selflessness and immense capacity to love and care.

Stella the Seamstress

Stella's talents were not confined to her home. She was a skilled seamstress and dressmaker, with her beautiful handiwork admired by all who saw it. Her creations were not mere clothes but a reflection of her aesthetic sense and meticulous attention to detail. They were also a testament to her dedication, as she often used her skills to help those in need.

Stella the Community Member

Stella's love for her community was just as strong as her love for her family. She was an active participant in community initiatives and was known for her unyielding dedication to making her town a better place. She believed that every small act of kindness could make a difference and lived her life as an example of this belief.

Stella Gay Woolsey's life was a tapestry of love, service, dedication, and faith. She was a friend, a mother, a wife, a seamstress, and a community member who left an indelible mark on the hearts of those who knew her. Her story continues to inspire, reminding us of the power of kindness and the difference one person can make in their community.