Karon Gustin

Godfrey | Thursday, December 9 2021 |

God released Karon Fay Gustin (Love) from her suffering on December 9, 2021.
Fay was born on April 20, 1941, the daughter of Herbert and Katherine (Hausman) Love. She graduated from Roxanna High School in 1959. While working as a carhop at a Wood River root beer stand, she met William H. Gustin (Bill), her husband of 61 years.

Fay was a caregiver at heart. Over the last year, she struggled with the idea of being the person needing care. Besides raising her own children, she cared for her parents as well as her in-laws when they suffered illness and injuries and needed assistance in their final years. She babysat grandchildren and great-grandchildren when they were young and was always available to support any family member in need. She volunteered at Asbury Village for several years until caring for Bill became a full-time job.

Fay was a member of United Methodist Church of Godfrey for 56 years. Her devout faith in the power of prayer was an inspiration and blessing to many close to her. In accelerated decline, she was able to hold on long enough to meet her newest great-granddaughter just days before her death. Whether because of her stubborn determination, the hand of God, or the dedication of her caregivers, her family was not surprised that she was able to accomplish the milestone.

Fay was preceded in death by her husband Bill, parents Herb and Katherine Love, and brother Gary Love.

She leaves behind her daughter and son-in-law Betty and Doug Mueller of Godfrey; son and daughter-in-law Brian and Jackie Gustin of Prosser, WA; twin sister and brother-in-law Sharon Kay and George Donald Gwaltney of Bethalto, sister-in-law Linda Love of Colorado Springs, Colorado; grandchildren Tim (Katie) Mueller, Nick (Amanda) Mueller, Elizabeth (Derek) Spanton, and Chrissy (Grant) Bailey; great-grandchildren Colin Mueller, Brock Reidemann, Anna Mueller, Chris, Ryan, and Clara Faye Spanton, and Alice Bailey.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to the memorial fund at Godfrey First United Methodist Church. According to her wishes, Fay’s ashes will be interred in the prayer garden at her church. A visitation and memorial service will be held at Godfrey First United Methodist Church on Saturday, January 8, 2022, with the visitation beginning at 10:00 a.m. followed by a service at 11:00 a.m. Gent Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

The family thanks the staff of Asbury Village, Absolute Health Care Services, and Heartland Hospice for the dedicated and loving care provided to Fay.

Online guestbook and information may be found at

Obit Provided By:
Gent Funeral Home

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