ForeverMissed
This memorial was created in memory of our loved one, Gaye Gould. She touched so many lives, and we will remember her forever.
Posted by Linda Gould on December 28, 2020
Dear Gaye, You have brought so much joy into our lives ever since you were born. We had so much pride in you and marveled at all your accomplishments. Although we feel much sorrow that you have left us much too soon, we have been comforted by all the many wonderful memories we have of spending numerous family vacations with you over the years.  We know these memories will last forever. We miss you so much.  Love, Mom & Dad
Posted by Michael Sigmon on December 21, 2020
I first came to know Gaye as a friend and as a neighbor in the early 2000's. Later on she became a valued 'partner in crime*' during the period that I was President of our HOA (2011-19). We accomplished a lot of good things for our homeowners during that period and she was a big part of all of that. She was active in our community in many ways, from serving on and advising the Board of Directors to volunteering for the neighborhood annual Memorial Day party. A lot of the valuable work she did for our neighborhood related in one way or another to its private streets and ensuring the HOA would have the funds to pay for maintenance of them at the present and in the future. To honor her for her many contributions, the HOA will re-name one of its streets after her.

She was many things, all of them good; but above all else she was deeply human. Sadly, she was gone much too soon.

Our deepest condolences to Peter and Berit.

*a little inside joke... in fact she was always about doing things properly
Posted by Stevin Zorn on November 3, 2020
I knew Gaye since 1976 or so when we met on a Teen Encounter weekend, became high school sweethearts in Paramus, NJ, and then later continued as friends for nearly 44 years. Being friends for so long is a tribute in itself. Gaye was always such a warm and caring, intellectually stimulating, and delightful person to be friends with. Like some of the others have said, she was unique inasmuch as she was genuine and honest and appreciated the same from everyone under any circumstance. That made for some very deep and probing discussions and I always liked these. Over the years we shared special events, we did high school prom together, she later attended my wedding, and she never missed sending me a birthday card even when I forgot hers.  We got together here and there always chatting about something profound and interesting. Each time we connected it was like no time had intervened and she could just pick up and carry on as if it was the day before. I shared many memories with Gaye.  One that comes to mind was circa 2012 when I visited Arizona for a medical conference with my daughter. Gaye and I hadn't seen each other in a long while and she visited me at the convention and we both got to meet each of our daughters. It was such a delight.  The two girls just had a ball frolicking in the pools and became instant friends while Gaye and I caught up on each others' lives. I recall Peter, Gaye Berit, Shaylah and I meeting up at her house and then out later for a lovely dinner. The memory of such a lovely person will live forever in my heart and keep me smiling. My condolences to Berit, Peter and the whole family. 
Posted by Tricia Schafer on November 2, 2020
Our paths crossed from time to time at professional/networking events. I always appreciated Gaye's warm smile and welcoming demeanor. We always seemed to pick up where we left off, with ease. I just read about this in the Arizona Attorney, thus my late contribution to this forum. My sincerest condolences to her family and close friends. It was an honor to know Gaye!
Posted by Norman Sanker on October 31, 2020
I know the exact date I met Gaye Gould: 12/8/1991. I know that because it was the same day I saw my first elegant trogon, on an Audubon trip down near the Mexican border. My girlfriend-at-the-time Joyce and I noticed another couple about our age. We were impressed by their optics but mostly drawn by Gaye's warm eyes and welcoming smile. Peter and Gaye became friends who we shared adventures with -- birding and otherwise. We all stayed close until Joyce and I broke up, when Gaye made it clear to me that she wasn't taking sides and cared about us both. That was Gaye: fair and caring. I know Joyce was looking forward to spending a healthy chunk of retirement time with Gaye, but that's not to be. I wish I'd known her better, and send my condolences to Peter, Berit, Joyce, and all who will miss her -- myself among them. Adios, Gaye. 
Posted by Constance Zimmerman on October 13, 2020
Gaye, I did not know you but Berit is the love of my son, Ty’s life. My husband and I love Berit and are promising you that we will always be there for her.
Posted by David Keily on October 3, 2020
Gaye, you were a dearest friend, a soulmate, so honest, so intelligent, so self-deprecatingly witty, sardonic even, unsparing when it involved people you cared about. You were the only person I've ever known with whom I could be 100% comfortable with being my authentic self and with whom I could share anything and everything. One of the biggest regrets of my life is that we communicated so little for so many years and one of the biggest comforts of my life is that we reconnected in 2019, just where we left off, as if the fifteen intervening years or so had never happened. You will always be a cherished part of my life and memories. All of us have lost so much with your passing, but you gave so much to all of us in your living. My deepest condolences to Peter and Berit.
Posted by Ronald Fischler MD on October 2, 2020
I only came to know Gaye close to the end of her life. She wanted to help make life a little easier for terminally ill Arizonans and heard about our efforts to pass a law to permit Medical Aid in Dying ( as exist in Oregon and 8 other states plus DC). She volunteered her firm to assist with our efforts to incorporate and Steve Goldstein provided that assistance. We are grateful for both of them and sorry that she did not live long enough to see this law passed. In gratitude to Gaye and to Steve.  Ron Fischler AzEndofLifeOptions
Posted by James Belanger on October 1, 2020
I met Gaye during my first semester of law school in 1984. She immediately became and remained one of my very best friends. Gaye was smart, empathetic, tough, serene, wise, loyal, caring, responsible, dryly funny, selfless, elegant, pragmatic, adventurous, observant, supportive, and one of the best friends someone like me could ever have. My very best to her husband Peter and her daughter Berit. Gaye was very, very much one of a kind and I am going to miss her deeply. jjb
Posted by Michelle Bburns on September 28, 2020
I will miss Gaye. We had so much fun in book club together while it lasted. All of Gaye's friends in the book club appreciated her preparation and the list of questions she would bring to stimulate the discussion! Gaye brought deep thoughts and ironic perspectives to our discussions ( as well as good wine). Even outside of book club, Gaye could be counted on for good conversation.

I guess what I will miss the most is her gentle wisdom.
Posted by Donn Kessler on September 23, 2020
I first met Gaye in about 1991 when we worked together in a small law firm. I remember interviewing her for the job and recognizing the magic of her abilities and personality. We remained friends ever since, getting coffee, sharing ideas and our personal stories. I cannot fully express how much I miss her. 
Posted by Adrianne F..... on September 20, 2020
Gaye: You will always be my person -- my personal hero, my spirit guide, the person I'd most like to be when I grow up, my lodestar, my friend. You are never gone as long as you are loved, and you are so loved. Berit, Peter, Mark, Meg, Margeaux, Linda and Phil, my heart breaks for everyone...
Posted by Berit Hogan on September 19, 2020
I will love you forever, Mom. ❤️

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Posted by Linda Gould on December 28, 2020
Dear Gaye, You have brought so much joy into our lives ever since you were born. We had so much pride in you and marveled at all your accomplishments. Although we feel much sorrow that you have left us much too soon, we have been comforted by all the many wonderful memories we have of spending numerous family vacations with you over the years.  We know these memories will last forever. We miss you so much.  Love, Mom & Dad
Posted by Michael Sigmon on December 21, 2020
I first came to know Gaye as a friend and as a neighbor in the early 2000's. Later on she became a valued 'partner in crime*' during the period that I was President of our HOA (2011-19). We accomplished a lot of good things for our homeowners during that period and she was a big part of all of that. She was active in our community in many ways, from serving on and advising the Board of Directors to volunteering for the neighborhood annual Memorial Day party. A lot of the valuable work she did for our neighborhood related in one way or another to its private streets and ensuring the HOA would have the funds to pay for maintenance of them at the present and in the future. To honor her for her many contributions, the HOA will re-name one of its streets after her.

She was many things, all of them good; but above all else she was deeply human. Sadly, she was gone much too soon.

Our deepest condolences to Peter and Berit.

*a little inside joke... in fact she was always about doing things properly
Posted by Stevin Zorn on November 3, 2020
I knew Gaye since 1976 or so when we met on a Teen Encounter weekend, became high school sweethearts in Paramus, NJ, and then later continued as friends for nearly 44 years. Being friends for so long is a tribute in itself. Gaye was always such a warm and caring, intellectually stimulating, and delightful person to be friends with. Like some of the others have said, she was unique inasmuch as she was genuine and honest and appreciated the same from everyone under any circumstance. That made for some very deep and probing discussions and I always liked these. Over the years we shared special events, we did high school prom together, she later attended my wedding, and she never missed sending me a birthday card even when I forgot hers.  We got together here and there always chatting about something profound and interesting. Each time we connected it was like no time had intervened and she could just pick up and carry on as if it was the day before. I shared many memories with Gaye.  One that comes to mind was circa 2012 when I visited Arizona for a medical conference with my daughter. Gaye and I hadn't seen each other in a long while and she visited me at the convention and we both got to meet each of our daughters. It was such a delight.  The two girls just had a ball frolicking in the pools and became instant friends while Gaye and I caught up on each others' lives. I recall Peter, Gaye Berit, Shaylah and I meeting up at her house and then out later for a lovely dinner. The memory of such a lovely person will live forever in my heart and keep me smiling. My condolences to Berit, Peter and the whole family. 
her Life

IN MEMORIAM

Gaye Lona Gould, our beautiful daughter, sister, wife, mother, aunt, cousin, and friend, passed away at the age of 60 years on September 5, 2020.

Gaye was born in Jersey City, New Jersey on February 14, 1960 to Linda Ringel Gould and Philip Gould. She graduated a year early from Paramus High School, class of 1977, in the town where she grew up.

From high school, Gaye went off to Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona, where she graduated with a B.A. in Journalism in 1981. Gaye worked her way through college waiting tables around campus. She served as President of the ASU Chapter of The Society of Professional Journalists, was a Sigma Delta Chi journalism award winner, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society.

After a few years as a journalist at The Phoenix Gazette, she entered the College of Law at Arizona State University, again graduating Magna Cum Laude in 1986. She was a member of the Student Bar Association, the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, and was on Law Review.  She was elected to the Order of the Coif (top 10% of graduating class) and received the American Jurisprudence Award for having the highest grade and rank for Contracts I. During law school she completed a summer internship in San Francisco at the United States Court of Appeals. Upon graduating she completed a one year clerkship at the Arizona Supreme Court and then joined the firm Sacks Tierney as an associate. She worked at Sacks Tierney for most of the remainder of her legal career with some time away.

While at law school, Gaye met her future husband, Peter Hogan, who dropped out of law school after several months. They started dating after Gaye’s graduation and fell in love. Peter went on to medical school in Philadelphia, where Gaye finally joined him after being convinced he wouldn’t be dropping out . . . again. When the Philadelphia law firm she had joined disbanded, they returned to Tucson, Arizona, where they lived for another year, while Peter completed his second year at the University of Arizona School of Medicine. Theyreturned to Phoenix for the remaining two years of medical school, followed by Peter’s residency.

In 1992, Gaye and Peter were married by a Justice of the Peace over a lunch break, during which time Peter was completing his residency. Subsequently, Peter took a position with the Navajo Health Foundation Hospital in the Navajo Nation in Ganado, Arizona. Gaye adored the friends, social life, and outdoor adventures in this isolated community. She also contributed her legal expertise, including writing grants for the hospital and medical center. Gaye also devoted much of her time to helping stray cats around the compound to find homes. She was affectionately known as “the cat lady”. When they finally left Ganado after two years, they took along two, much loved, adopted cats, Sherman and Gray Boy. They also took home a lovely baby girl, Berit Shea Gould Hogan, who was only three months old at the time they left (born the summer of 1998).

After a year in Wickenburg, Arizona, Gaye, Berit, and Peter returned to Phoenix for good. Gaye returned to Sacks Tierney, where she remained for another twenty years. She volunteered a tremendous amount of time as a board member of the Heritage Heights community, a community of friends and neighbors that she loved, and where she lived for 20 years. Among many contributions, she managed the architectural committee, landscape maintenance, and spent innumerable hours advising the board on legal issues. The couple shared a love for travel, vacationing with Gaye’s family, hiking, camping, kayaking, and bird watching. In 2018 they traveled to Africa for several weeks in search of birds and big cats. Gaye personally arranged their itinerary, in part to ensure she would fulfill her lifelong dream of seeing the big cats, particularly leopards. The following year, they went to Peru on a seventeen-day birding adventure which took them from Lima, over the Andes, and by motorized canoe down the Dios de Madre River into the Amazon Basin.

At the time of Gaye’s passing, they shared their home with four rescue cats and their two seventeen year old desert tortoises that they had raised from the quarter-sized babies they had adopted. They loved being with friends and going to restaurants, concerts, museums, and movies. Gaye is survived by her husband of 28 years, her devoted and loving 22 year old daughter, Berit Shea Gould Hogan, her parents Linda and Philip Gould of Paramus, New Jersey, her brother Mark Gould and his wife Meg Gould of Weehawken, New Jersey, and her niece Margeaux Emma Gould. Gaye will be missed by all of her relatives, friends, and colleagues. Gaye had many close friends over the years, from childhood on, and was committed to maintaining many of those friendships through the years.

This is, of course, only a cursory glance at a wonderful life. All friends and family are invited to submit recollections, including how they met or were touched by Gaye, along with any photographs, anecdotes, or stories to fill out the record of her remarkable journey.

In lieu of flowers and cards, please consider a contribution or remembrance to one of many organizations that Gaye supported or one of your favorites.

Local:
Gaye contributed significantly to the following three charities:
- Raising Special Kids, State of Arizona Charitable Campaign
- Jewish Family and Children’s Service
- Save the Family Foundation of Arizona

Gaye also supported:
- The Phoenix Symphony
- The Phoenix Art Museum

National:
- Sierra Club (Gaye recently received a thirty year Certificate of Appreciation)
- National Audubon Society
- Center for Biological Diversity
- Southern Poverty Law Center

Heritage Heights Street Sign

A street sign was placed in the Heritage Heights community in remembrance of Gaye and as a thank you for the work she put into the HOA Board for many years.

A Message From Sacks Tierney

A message from Sacks Tierney, the law firm Gaye worked at for the majority of her career.
Recent stories
Shared by Sharon Shively on September 20, 2020
I worked closely with Gaye for years and was blessed to have her work with me on my cases.  No detail was too small for Gaye to find and more importantly to remember.  She loved poring through voluminous documentation, organizing and analyzing.  She was so incredibly smart and challenged me at every turn.  She was quiet and reserved but had a fun side she only shared with certain people.  I was one of those lucky ones.  I will miss her immensely.  Berit, I don’t believe I ever met you but your mom and I spoke often about our kids...she loved you so much, my heart aches for her and you. She will always be there in your heart and mind. Just listen.  Peter....my soul aches for you.  May her memory be a blessing.  
Shared by Adrian Barton on September 20, 2020
Gaye was so keen. She was kind. She was real. This is a terrible loss for young lawyers who looked up to her like I did back in the day at Sacks Tierney, and for all who knew her wit, funny cynicism, and generous heart. My love to her family and friends.