OBITUARY

Susan (Craun) Gray

June 20, 1946September 26, 2021

Susan (Craun) Gray, 75, of Waynesboro passed away on Sunday, September 26, 2021 at her home surrounded by her family.

Born June 20, 1946 in Harrisonburg, she was the daughter of the late Stanley Edward and Katheryn Bancraft (Wilberger) Craun. On May 28, 1972 she married Robert Williamson Gray, III. The two shared a blessed marriage of 49 years together.

Susan grew up on her family’s farm in Moscow. She was a graduate of Fort Defiance High School. Susan attended Southern Seminary College, graduated from Bridgewater College, and later received her Master’s Degree from the University of Virginia. She was employed by Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center for 48 faithful years where she taught Driver’s Education to the disabled for 46 years. She was an advocate of driver and highway safety and was a member of the American Driver and Traffic Safety Education Association. She was also a member of the Waynesboro, Staunton and Richmond Antique Automobile Clubs of America, the Vintage Motor Car Club of America and the Model T & Model A Ford Car Clubs. She greatly enjoyed touring the country with her husband attending antique car tours. Susan was a member of First Baptist Church, Waynesboro.

Survivors include her husband, Robert W. Gray, III of Waynesboro; son, Robert W. Gray IV and wife, Laurie of Richmond; grandchildren, William and James Gray both of Richmond; sister, Joan Skeppstrom and husband, Al Owens of Norfolk, Va; brother, Edward Craun, Jr. and wife, Betsy of Mt. Solon, Va; four nephews; and a number of great nieces and nephews.

Following a private family burial, a memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 16, 2021 at First Baptist Church, 301 S. Wayne Ave., Waynesboro with Pastor Barrett Owen officiating.

There will be no formal viewing or visitation at the funeral home.

Those desiring may make memorial contributions to the Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center Foundation, P.O. Box 1500 W-191, Fishersville, VA 22939 or online at https://secure.squarespace.com/checkout/donate?donatePageId=5e0a137213bb831c9c67bffd

Arrangements have been entrusted to Reynolds Hamrick Funeral Homes of Waynesboro.

Relatives and friends may share condolences and memories with the family online by visiting www.reynoldshamrickfuneralhomes.com

  • FAMILY

  • She was preceded in death by her parents Stanley Edward and Katheryn Bancraft (Wilberger) Craun.


    Survivors include her husband, Robert W. Gray, III of Waynesboro; son, Robert W. Gray IV and wife, Laurie of Richmond; grandchildren, William and James Gray both of Richmond; sister, Joan Skeppstrom and husband, Al Owens of Norfolk, Va; brother, Edward Craun, Jr. and wife, Betsy of Mt. Solon, Va; four nephews; and a number of great nieces and nephews.
  • DONATIONS

  • Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center Foundation, 365 Hornet Road, Fishersville, VA 22939

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, October 16, 2021

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Officiating

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Jeanne Mrazek

October 17, 2021

My thoughts are with you, there is a sadness now, but how lucky we were and are to have all the stories, experiences and memories we shared.
My fondest memories are of our times together as children, but as women we bonded over the loss of our mothers. We spoke often in recent years sharing our life stories and interests. Susan was a wonderful mix of spitfire and compassion tossed with an uncanny witty sense of humor.
She always had a cheerful attitude and happily shared her enthusiasm for bluegrass music, antique cars and hard work to brighten your day. Her love of family and friends was expressed in giving, open kindness and support for all who came to know her.
A profound loss for us all.

Judy Hevener

October 13, 2021

My prayers are with you as you mourn Mrs. Gray's death and celebrate her life. I had the privilege of meeting her when Robert was in my English class at SDHS many years ago. May God comfort you as only He can and sustain you with warm memories in the days ahead.

Judy (Houser) Hevener

Cindi Gochenour

October 8, 2021

I'm so very sorry to hear that Susan had cancer and passed away. I was hoping she was enjoying her retirement, going to car shows and taking care of the rentals. It's sad that we don't keep up with folks that retire from WWRC like we should. Life is too short!
Sending prayers to her family and friends.

mike murphy

September 30, 2021

Robbie,
Susan was great to tour with because you couldn't predict what she was going to say or do.Susan will be missed by all .You have nothing to worry about because she will be well accepted in heaven because she will start the first drivers school in heaven.God bless and the best to you and family

Greta Nelson

September 29, 2021

Robbie. Susan will greatly be missed. So many special memories of her. She was such a active go-getter at work. Her regular lunches of coffee, apple, yogurt, and peanut butter on crackers. He love and stories of older cars ... my dad visited her one time and she toured him through the cars at your house and sat in the backseat next to him to go over an album of older cars reflective of his generation. She drove an older car to work and I received a personal invitation to look at the inside, engine, and sit in it ... very cool. She was always on the go. Always engaging others in the many enjoyments of her life. She will always be remembered.

Alice Cameron

September 29, 2021

To the Gray family,

We are truly sorry to lose Susan so soon after her retirement. She had plans for so many more car tours. She was always a ball of energy.

We extend our prayers to her family. We all have so many memories to treasure. Take Care and God Bless.

Morris and Alice Cameron

Andy Fuhrman

September 29, 2021

A great lady with a terrific sense of humor. Best wishes to Robbie and family and their many friends. God Bless.

Malcolm and Mary Campbell

September 29, 2021

Robbie and family , how sad we are to lose a great friend, Susan was a special friend and will always be in our thoughts and prayers! We enjoyed coming over and spending time on your porch talking and laughing what a great gal! We will miss her. Our prayers and thoughts are with all of you. Love to all

Edna Cross

September 29, 2021

Memories and do I have many: Our many, many car tours together and the laughter we shared. Always strong willed and always offering a hand to help others. Never complained about what she was going through and fault the pain and suffering she was going through. I truly will miss her talking to her everyday. May God be with the family threw this time of sorrow and know that she is in a better place and telling them all about her cars and tours.

Bob & Judy Richmon

September 28, 2021

Dear Robbie and your extended family, Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Remembering Susan and her tremendous zest for life always brings a smile to your face. She was such a ball of energy and fun spirited, always fun to be around!
Kindest Regards, Bob & Judy Richmon

FROM THE FAMILY