MAUREEN ANN GRAY
15 April, 1941 – 7 April, 2021
I was born April 15, 1941 in Vancouver after my parents Sydney and Georgina Steele arrived from Belfast, Ireland. I had an older brother Desmond, and lived my early years in the Ivanhoe Apartments on east 7th Avenue. Eventually my family moved to a new house on east 8th Avenue and I proudly attended Vancouver Technical High school. On Valentines Day 1956, at age 14 I met Jim Gray at a school roller skating party at Rollerland.
The two of us quickly became a couple, and we still remain close friends with several of our classmates, Van Tech graduates of 1959. Great memories I will never forget ! Jim and I were married February 16, 1963 at Lakeview United Church in East Vancouver. In 1965 our first baby, Lisa was born and in 1969 we completed our family with another daughter, Jana. We raised our family in Coquitlam surrounded by good friends and sport teammates, especially soccer. Many of those early met friends are still close today. In 2002 Jim and I moved to West Kelowna. Here I made several new friends in the Friendship Club, Tennis Club, Book Club, Bridge Club, and my TOPS Club. My days were always busy and fun filled.
In 2016 at age 75, I was diagnosed with Ovarian cancer and I quickly discovered we have a terrific Cancer Clinic here in Kelowna. The oncologists who cared for me and the chemo nurses who encouraged me were amazing, every single one of them. I credit them with helping me fight for some valuable extra years. I did not let the cancer stop me from doing anything I wanted to do. Jim and I feel fortunate to have been surrounded by caring, selfless, helpful, amazing neighbours in Shannon Woods. Anything we need help with is covered by these fine souls.
My grandchildren are a constant source of joy in my life. Our daughter Jana and her boys, Parker,19, Cooper,15, and Fynn,12, live close by in Lake Country. Jana has a wonderful supportive partner in Bruce. Daughter Lisa lives in Maple Ridge with son Heath,15, daughter Mairyn,13, and her dedicated husband Dan, who teases me mercilessly for any reason, in good fun of course. I am proud to be the Nana to our wonderful family.
On April 7, at 10:00 a.m. I chose to take my final rest, just 8 days short of my 80th birthday. I have been in the care of the many kind, compassionate people at Hospice House for my final 9 days. I take great comfort knowing that Jim, Lisa and Jana were with me every day until the end, and I left in peace. A wonderful life lived to the fullest.
With all my love to all of you, Maureen Ann Gray
Arrangements entrusted with First Memorial Funeral Services, Kelowna, BC 250-762-2299
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MAUREEN ANN GRAY
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9 April 2021
We have a lifetime of memories of time spent with Maureen. She brought such spirit, love and laughter to our get togethers. To say we will miss her is an understatement. It’s hard to imagine a world without Moe. We loved her very much. To Jim, Lisa, Jana and their families, your loss is vast but your wonderful memories will help you through.
Maureen will always be with us.
Dianna and Bill
9 April 2021
I was so very saddened to her of Maureen's passing. I have so many wonderful memories of Maureen. She had style and class and was a beautiful person inside and out. Those memories will be cherished forever. Our deepest condolences go out to you Jim and to Lisa and Jana and their families. I know she will be missed immeasurably and my heart goes out to you all.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Donna Stanford and family
9 April 2021
I had the distinct pleasure of growing up with Jana and in doing so you had no choice but to be welcomed into the Gray family. Mr. Gray coached many of our childhood soccer teams and Mrs, Gray was always right there to cheer us all on! Later when we went to high school in Coquitlam Mrs. Gray had taken a job as a secretary at Dr. Charles Best where she was always quick to make you feel at ease with a friendly and knowing smile and more often had you laughing as you exited the school offices. The Grays always had sage advice not only for their own children but for the many friends of Lisa and Jana. We are honoured to have been part of the fabric of their lives and I am deeply saddened to hear of Mrs. Gray’s passing, Mrs. Gray’s obituary was just so reflective of who she was and how she related to so many. Our heart goes out to Jim, Lisa, Jana and their families. Godspeed Mrs. Gray. Thanks for making a difference in all of our lives. ❤️
9 April 2021
We we’re lucky enough to meet this lovely lady in Spain with Jim and Diana and Bill we become wonderful friends over the years became very special to Myself and Carol invited them all to Australia 🇦🇺 and we were invited to Canada 🇨🇦 where we met all the family and friends you all made us very welcome Moe and Jim welcomed us in to their home they had shown us all around our area as to Diana and Bill we were welcome by all our lovely dearest Canadian family I will miss Moe what a beautiful lady my thoughts are with you all a special hug for Jim all love and condolences 💐 love Wendy and Danny ❤️🥰🙏 our prayers are with you