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Uldine "Dean" Gray Brown
3 avril 1940 – 8 octobre 2021
October 8, 2021, at age 81, after experiencing declining health for several years, our beloved Dean left our earthly world to live forever in God’s spiritual world. Dean kept her smart and sassy spirit through it all. Even after losing her ability to speak, she still let her feelings be known through her big brown eyes, tight hand squeezes and facial expressions.
Born April 3, 1940, in Lumberton, NC to the late Daniel Eugene Gray and the late Laura Mae Herring Gray, Dean had four siblings. She was blessed with an older brother, Willian Gene Gray, an older sister Mary Catherine Johnson and two younger sisters Carol Gray Tennison and Laura Grace Cottrell.
Upon completing business school following high school, Dean had a very successful and rewarding business career. Her duties ranged from clerical to human resources, personnel management, purchasing, payroll, corporate bookkeeping and office management.
Throughout life Dean had a deep appreciation and love for nature. She enjoyed the flowering of spring and the beautiful colors of autumn. Countless hours were spent watching squirrels, birds, especially hummingbirds and deer through her glass patio door. She traveled often with friends to spend time in the mountains. She had first birds, then cats as her indoor companion pets.
Dean will be forever loved and missed by all her friends especially Earl P Harding. God brought Earl and Dean together 44 years ago to take care of one another and they always did. Though separated by a few miles they joyfully responded to each other’s call without question.
Dean is survived by two sisters Carol Tennison of Oldsmar, FL and Laura Cottrell of Wheatland, CA, several nieces and two nephews. A memorial service celebrating Dean’s life and the love we all have for her will be shared November 13, 2021. Her nephew the Rev. Adam Gray will lead her life’s celebration service. In Lieu of flowers, please consider memorial gifts to The Humane Society of Charlotte (www.humanesocietyofcharlotte.org), Hospice & Palliative Care, Charlotte Region (www.hpccr.org) or a deserving non-profit of your choosing.
Celebration of Life
samedi, 13 novembre , 2021
Receiving of Friends
samedi, 13 novembre , 2021
Uldine "Dean" Gray Brown
William "Adam" Gray
12 novembre , 2021
I was on the fence about sharing anything, but her sister, my Aunt Carol gave me some much needed perspective.
Aunt Dean was a unique person. Some years we ago reconnected after some time apart. She was a strong woman who was also tough. To put it bluntly, she had some snap in her garter. I looked up to her as she could understand me in a way that most people can't. She was honest, to the point, and sometimes very blunt and she had great advice. These are some of her most redeeming qualities as well as her sarcasm and dry sense of humor. I guess I get that from her and my dad as well. I was very close to her as I saw her more often due to geographical location. We had some wonderful conversations about many things. We both share a love for Volkswagens and animals. I think she, like myself probably like animals more than people in general. I no doubt miss her, but I have the memories and I know she is in a better place.
Susan Copley Kechijian
9 novembre , 2021
Today, November 9, 2021 I learned my sweet dear friend Dean had passed. I’m overwhelmed with sadness but so grateful for my many wonderful memories I have of her and with her. My story with Dean began in the early 1980’s when I moved into her neighborhood on Silkwood Court as a divorced woman with two children, Angela Copley age 9 and Corey Copley age 6. During those years Dean became my big sister. She was Corey’s mentor, he was her shadow, they spent so much time together. In truth she helped me raise Corey. She was at both of my children’s wedding. In fact, in the pictures the family shared, the one with Dean and a bride is my daughter Angela at her wedding in August 1996. I remarried in 1993 and moved from Silkwood Court but our friendship continued. I haven’t spoke to Dean in several years. I’m sorry I didn’t reach out more. Dean my friend, thank you for all your love, your support, your advise and all the good times we shared. Till we meet again Rest In Peace! I love you! Included is a picture of Dean and Corey from 1993 💛💛
7 novembre , 2021
Dean became a beloved member of our family through her friendship to my Aunt Judy. She joined us for holidays and vacations in the mountains for years. She was beloved for her laughing spirit and sassy personality. This is a photo of Dean with my Mother, Carlene and her sisters Judy and Ginger. She will be greatly missed and lovingly remembered.
6 novembre , 2021
Dean was a dear friend for over 40 years to my entire family and was an adopted aunt to my daughter, Katie. We spent many times together in the mountains of North Carolina with Dean helping me on many tasks at our old mountain home at Lake Junaluska. We shared many laughs together working on updates on a 100 year old house, sitting on the porch, eating out at our favorite restaurants and drinking wine. We also had many happy visits at my home on Hilton Head Island and with my sister, Judy Blackmon, in Charlotte. Dean may be gone from this earth but she will always be in my and my families' hearts. Love you forever, Dean.