Judy K Gray

November 21, 1944January 29, 2019

GRAY, JUDITH K. (Montgomery) Born November 21, 1944; passed away peacefully on January 29, 2019 surrounded by family. Devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She loved her family fiercely and only wanted to hear laughter, not sadness, as she battled an unforgiving illness. Judy enjoyed traveling with her sister, bird watching, puzzles, coloring, and reading. When she wasn’t outside looking for the perfect rock to add to her collection, she was spending time with her family and friends. Preceded in death by parents, Homer and Norma (Cook) Montgomery, and husband Richard W. Gray. Survived by sister, Joanne Montgomery; two daughters, Scarlet (Jim) Crane and Nanette Gray; granddaughters, Carly Crane, Aimee Crane, Shawnee (Robert) Wheeler, Taryn Priest, and Sally Priest; great-grandson Calvary James Wheeler. Many thanks to Dr. Rios with the Zangmeister Cancer Center, Mount Carmel Hospice and the St. Ann’s Palliative Care Unit for their care during Judy’s illness. In addition, our family would like to thank everyone for their love and prayers along the way. The support received continues to lift us during this difficult time. A gathering to celebrate Judy’s life will be held at the C. Arthur Morrow Conference Center, 1821 West Main St., Newark, OH. (located next to the MedBen home office) from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, February 16, 2019. In lieu of flowers, please donate to a charity of your choice in the name of Judy Gray.


  • Celebration of Life Service Saturday, February 16, 2019

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Jennifer Rosshirt (Heffley)

February 8, 2019

Nanette and family-I am very sorry for your loss. The picture posted is exactly how I remember your mom, always smiling. Hold tightly to your memories of her and know that she is watching over you and smiling.
Thoughts and prayers,
Jenn Rosshirt

Steve Crane

February 3, 2019

When I met Judy for the first time at my brother Jim and Scarlet's wedding, I knew she was a loving and caring person just by the way she greeted me. Over the years there have been family gatherings and one thing was very noticeable and evident. Judy loved her family and loved being in the middle of what was going on. The last time we spoke I told her about my experiences in Las Vegas. Her eyes lit up as I told her about the time I actually won something. You could tell that Las Vegas was a thrill for her. She loved her daughters and her granddaughters. I know my brother cared for Judy because of the things he did for her and the appreciation she would show in return. She was always attentive to the activities and graduations of her granddaughters. I was quite happy in knowing she was able to meet her only grandbaby, Calvary James Wheeler, before she passed. I know both Judy and Dick are watching over this dear sweet baby and their parents and grandparents. Life does go one but Judy will always be remembered with the love that everyone had for her.

Joanne Montgomery

February 2, 2019

As her only sister, how does one sum up 74 years in just a few words. It is sad to have a loved one leave this world on any given day. We know from early childhood that death will eventually happen, but we all would like to have more time. So while I'm sad that Sis is not reachable by phone or a short drive away, I'm so glad that she was always there for me. Sis was a very private person, but family was important to her. Her favorite getaway was Las Vegas. She couldn't get to a slot machine fast enough when we arrived at the Las Vegas airport. She loved watching Ohio State football and basketball games. I remember her being in one of the beautiful suites and watching the game from the 50-yard line. You would have thought she won the lottery. Many people walked in and out of her life and she cherished their friendship.

There are so many more things I could write about Sis, but it would take more than 2,000 words. I loved her so much and will miss her terribly. I know she is with her heavenly family and she is in their hands now.

Love forever and ever, Jo