Charlotte May Lay

August 13, 1927 ~ April 19, 2018 (age 90)
Charlotte, Char, passed peacefully into the hands of the Lord, free from pain at last on April 19th.
Born in Paragoonah, Utah to Aaron Workman and Letty Dunton, her family moved to Ely, Nevada where she met her husband of 63 years, Robert Lay. They moved to San Jose and bought their first home in 1952, where they resided for the next 65 years.
Charlotte was the consummate homemaker. She was a fabulous, creative gourmet cook. Her Thanksgiving dinner was bar none. She could create delicious meals out of nothing. She was always coming up with new cookies for Bob. She created the three tier wedding cake and cooked all the food for her daughter's wedding. She spent every August canning peaches and making peach jam. Their peach tree was always loaded with fruit and Bob and Char spent their birthday month on a peach binge. She was a dedicated gardener, with a huge yard that was always full of color. She had a beautiful garden of irises, roses, hydrangeas, and various succulents in so many animal shaped pots. She was the ultimate seamstress, She made the gowns for her daughter's entire wedding party, from bridal gown, all the attendants dresses, as well as her own. She made skirts for the San Jose State Women's bowling team for her granddaughter. She also whipped up many Barbie Doll outfits, a whole case full. She made drapes and curtains for her entire house. Charlotte enjoyed embroidering, crocheted many afghans for family and friends, as well as knitting sweaters and afghans and made quite a few quilts.
She loved to go camping and fishing with Bob, helped him design the built in's they put throughout their entire house and paint inside and out many times and kept him from pulling up flowers instead of weeds in her garden. She loved to go to the flea market and was overjoyed when they had to make more trips to find frames for Bob's paintings.
Charlotte is survived by her loving daughter, Karen and son-in-law Kevin Tomkins, her dear granddaughter, Shannon and husband Mark Baker, and her precious great-grandson, Gage Baker.
Also, her brother Don Workman and her nieces and nephew, Donnie Workman, Holly Workman Fields and Sherry Workman, and Anna Mae, her former sister-in-law and kind friend residing in Nevada.
She was lovingly cared for by the staff at Lincoln Glen Manor Assisted Living for the past three years and cherished the many friendships she made there. Thank you, too, to the Season's Hospice Foundation for their support in making her final days comfortable and out of pain, especially Mitch Taylor for his kindness and understanding in guiding us through her final days.
Charlotte was such a loving and caring soul, always there to help others in their time of need.
Graveside services will be held Friday, April 29th, 2018, at 10:00 AM, at Los Gatos Memorial Park, arrangements by Darling Fischer Chapel of the Hills, Los Gatos.
Luncheon will follow at Effie's Restaurant, 331 Hacienda Ave., Campbell (off Winchester)
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