Gayla Keen

24 September , 19571 May , 2019

Gayla Gray Keen, age 61, of Erwin passed away Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at her home

She was born September 24, 1957 in Granite City, Illinois the daughter of the late Raymond and Goldia Gray. She is also preceded in death by her brother, David Gray.

Gayla deeply enjoyed planting flowers in her garden and spending time with her husband and family. On Saturday mornings she could be found at yard sales and she loved to collect porcelain dolls.

Left to cherish her memory are her loving husband of 11 years, Jeffrey Keen of the home; sons, Michael Schmidt and wife Holly and Arrik Schmidt; step daughters, Jessica Marroquin and husband Carlos and Carrie Galarza and husband Carmelo; 12 grandchildren; brothers, Russell Gray, Keith Gray and Curtis Gray; two canine companions, Abbie and Amy; and numerous other loving family and friends.

A celebration of life will be held at 2 PM Sunday, May 5, 2019 at Cromartie Miller Funeral Home, 401 W. Cumberland Street, Dunn, NC with Reverend Randy Beasley officiating.

Cromartie Miller Funeral Home is assisting the family.

To make donations to the family please click the link below for TMC Funding.


  • Celebration of Life Sunday, 5 May , 2019


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Renee Switzer

3 May 2019

My dearest Aunt Gayla I dont have all the words to say as my heart hurts . You were more than an aunt you were brave selfless and protected me and always loved me . You are free to fly to the angels no more pain no more hurt . You will always be my hero. I love you and miss you already. Love always RIP . Your Nay Nay

Laurie Depew

2 May 2019

Audrey loves GiGi and Uncle Jeff with the grey hairs! She was loved by all of us and will be missed!