Gay (Helmuth) Chisholm-Poff
Gay was born in Pasadena, California. She graduated Mission Viejo High School 1971. Gay Graduated University of California Irvine with a bachelor of Science Degree Biology in 1976. After college Gay worked in the medical manufacturing field. She then worked in various IT positions, computer operations, help desk leader; she was a certified Building Inspector and Permit Technician. She was President of Chisholm & Associates, providing DSA Inspectors for various school districts. She lived in Mission Viejo for 30 years and is a 7th generation Californian. Gay loved to travel. Gay visited Europe and especially liked Ireland visiting her husband’s family. She loved road trips, visiting museums and researching family history. Gay’s relatives settled in CA 1850s. She loved Star Trek and Star Wars. She belonged to the Planetary Society. She loved reading and photography, taking pictures of just about anything and everything. She also had a love for collecting LLadro figurines.
She is loved by those hearts she touched. People’s lives were made better just by knowing her. She also did volunteer work at the local Genealogy Library. She donated blood regularly to the Red Cross. She was an avid animal lover.
For the last 2 ½ years Gay battled Ovarian Cancer. Gay would have been 62 on March 5.
Survived by husband Brian and son Kyle. Her mother Virginia, aunts Jo Ann, Helen and Margot; nieces: Nicole, Sonja, Kelsi, Jaime, Kaity, nephews Tyson and James. Sister Rhea. Cousins: Tyler, Greg and Laura. Step son Brian Henry and his family, wife Lori and their family, Kristy, Sidney, Desiree and her husband Russ. Great grandchildren, Troy, Logan and Rieley. Brother and Sister in Law Larry & Nancy O’Reilly.
(Preceded in death) by her brother Clark, Dad James Helmuth and Step-Father William Chisholm.