Louise Gray passed away early Saturday morning, February 2nd, 2008, at the Lower Cape Fear Hospice and LifeCare Center in the presence of children and grandchildren. She was 81 years old.
Louise Gray was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. As a young woman she worked in an aircraft factory during World War II, part of the “We Can Do It” generation of women. With her husband Kermit Russell Gray, a career Navy chief petty officer, they raised four children. She lived most of her adult life as a homemaker in Yorktown, Virginia. She was active in her home church, Yorkminster Presbyterian, in Grafton, Virginia. She volunteered countless hours for Meals on Wheels, and at the Mariners Museum. She moved to Wilmington eight years ago to be closer to children. She quickly made new friends that she loved very much. She was preceded in death by her husband, Kermit Russell Gray.
She is survived by her sister, Jeanette Leonard, of Wilmington, and her children, Glenn Gray, and wife Jackie, of Surry County, Virginia; Charmaine Gray Glesmann, of Wilmington; Todd Gray and wife Chris, of Albuquerque, New Mexico; and Jason Gray, and wife Emily, of Cary; and a nephew, Malcolm Leonard, and wife Michelle, of Wilmington.
She is also survived by eight grand children who loved her deeply: Kirk Gray, and his wife Brandy, of Wadsworth, Ohio; Keith Gray, of Athens, Ohio; Kelly Gray Krantz, and her husband Adam, of Radford, Virginia; Stacy Thornton of Little Rock, Arkansas; Jennifer Harrison of Memphis, Tennessee; Whitney and Lisa Glesmann of Wilmington; Thomas and Will Gray of Cary, North Carolina. She also has ten great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, February 9th, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Andrews Covenant Presbyterian Church, 1416 Market Street, Wilmington. The family requests that memorials be made either to the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, and/or to the Lower Cape Fear Hospice and LifeCare Center, 1406 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, North Carolina 28401.
“I’ve had a wonderful life, haven’t I?” Yes you did, Mother, yes indeed you did.