Ms. Catherine “Kay” B. Gill
Ms. Catherine “Kay” B. Gill of Salem, MA, departed this earthly life on March 19, 2018 at the age of 86 after a brief illness. Kay owned and operated the Stephen Daniels House as a bed and breakfast for over 55 years, and had a restaurant in the home where she served lunch and dinner to Salem residents for 20 years. She began her career as a commercial artist in Chicago and came to Salem with her husband, Thomas Gill where she fell in love with and purchased one of the oldest homes in Salem. Kay was an extraordinary woman who did everything in the Daniels House from decorating to making curtains by hand and laying the brick work. She traveled the world, collecting unusual antiques and invited thousands of guests into her home and enjoyed sharing stories of Stephen Daniels with them. Kay loved giving tours of her home and describing each antique. Wherever guests were from, Kay likely had an antique from there that helped make each person feel special. She supported the House of Seven Gables and also volunteered as a docent at the Peabody Essex Museum in earlier years. People loved to visit with Kay at the Stephen Daniels House, to step back in time and to make lasting memories.
Kay was predeceased by her husband, Thomas Gill and her sister, Mary McGraw. She is survived by nieces and a nephew and her special friend, Robin McDonald.
Services will be private.
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