Gray, Margaret Bethesda

Gray, Margaret Bethesda

November 4th, 2015

Peacefully at Middlesex Terrace on Wednesday, November 4, 2015, in her 97th year. Beloved wife of the late Ernest Robert Gray. Cherished mother of Mardell Jamieson (Jim), Deanna Gray (Ron) and Bob Gray (Linda). Loving grandmother of Jodi Fader (Barry), Becki McLaughlin (Richard), Rob Gray (Michelle) and Jeff Gray (Michelle). Adored by ten great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. Predeceased by siblings George Hart, Joseph Grant, Alice Middaugh, Alfred Grant and Frederick Grant, and granddaughter Derek Gray. The family wish to thank the staff of Middlesex Terrace nursing home for their love and care. A memorial service will be held in the chapel at MOUNT PLEASANT CEMETERY, 303 Riverside Drive, London on Thursday, November 12, 2015 at 11:00 a.m., with visitation one hour prior. Private interment, Mount Pleasant Cemetery. Donations in memory of Margaret may be made to the charity of your choice.

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Ross & Dawn MacKayMarg said good night down here but Good morning up there! Margs life to be continued by Gods grace and mercy in our memories and in God's Kingdom Dawn and I and our family have many great memories of Marg & Ernie when they lived across the street on Falaise Rd.
Anna PrendergastDear Deanna and all her extended families...we offer you our heartfelt condolences and know that many people are thinking of you all in this most difficult time in all of your lives, sincerely, Anna and John Prendergast
John PethickGod called your name gently That only you could hear. No one heard the footsteps Of the Angel drawing near... Softly from the shadows,there came a gentle call, You closed your eyes and went to sleep... You quietly left us all. I have a lot of wonderful memories. You were such an inspiration to me, as you were to so many others. For that Margaret, I Thank You.
Paul and Debbie MarsdenSo sorry to hear of Marg's passing. We lived in 180 Cherryhill Circle 25 years ago. When we moved out, we kept in touch with Marg every year at Christmas time. Marg and Ernie were always special people to us. Thinking of you at this sad time.
Terry & Anne Middaugh & familyAunt Marg has always been such a special lady and a kind and caring aunt. We usually had a chance to visit with Aunt Marg at some point during our visits to Cherry Hill with Terry's mother many years ago. There was always a warm welcome from her and lots of hugs and laughs. She always remembered birthdays with a card or telephone call. Terry is unfortunately out of town and is still unaware as there is no cell service where he is. I know he will be saddened at the loss. Our condolences to the whole family.
Mary Evans Young & Derek EvansI grew up in the late forties/early fifties hearing tales of our family in Canada - of my Granddads sister emigrating to start a new life after World War 1, and then, during World War 2 of Ernie coming to England and, being in active service and having only his uniform, going to the pub wearing Reg's suit .....and then the stories ended. We had lost touch with our Canadian side of the family until my Granddad died in December 1964 and, sorting through his fathers 'affairs, my Dad (Jimmy) came across an address: 39 Falaise Street, London, Ontario. He sat down and wrote a letter ... and Marg replied.... and so began a new relationship with our Canadian kinfolk. Jimmy wrote to his cousin Marg for almost thirty years. In 1974 he visited Canada and met up with Marg and Ernie, and Alice and Joe, and he came back having had a wonderful time and with enthusiastic tales of Mardell & Jim's 'den' - very impressed he was with this pub in the basement with baseball caps on the wall. And he returned bearing gifts - a Moose beer jug for Derek, nightie for my mother and handbag for me - the latter selected by Marg, my dad said. A couple of years later, Aunt Alice and her friend Marion visited England and we thoroughly enjoyed their company. My Dad cherished the connection with the Canadian side of our family, which was sustained by his correspondence with Marg. (And for nearly a decade Dee and I corresponded). When we visited in 1989 he was delighted because, as he saw it, this was a way of keeping our relationship alive. Our flights were seriously delayed because of bad weather and yet, when we emerged bleary-eyed from customs and scanned the many people waiting, my eyes met those of Becki and we recognised each other instantly although wed never met before - the family connection was there. We arrived at Ernie and Marg's home to a fabulous roast beef dinner - we were 4 hours late and the beef had been in and out of the oven a number of times - but she took it all in her stride and, only later, did we discover they had bought a new sofa bed for us. Of course, after so many years, we were delighted to meet them in the flesh - we loved their company, warmth and sense of humour. I shopped with Aunt Marg and she 'advised' me on earrings to suit my style, These are 'sharp' she said - and, of course, she was right. Aunt Marg was stylish and sharp down to her fingertips: heck! Even her handwriting was stylish! The years rolled on, my Dad died, Aunt Marg got older and Mardell took over the correspondence, keeping us up to date with things. Our last correspondence was a card last Christmas where she gave us the latest family news and her health situation, and ended with "There's still life in the old Mare yet". Then, in the spring this year we were thrilled to meet Mardell, Dee, Jodi, Becki, Riley and Maggie and spend an afternoon with them in Cape Canaveral, Florida a truly magical coincidence. In the autumn we were sorry to miss Jim & Sherry Grant when the passed through London. But we hope the family contact is now secure as we raise our hearts and glasses in celebration of a real and dear Lady and to continue our trans-Atlantic family connections in her honour! Mary and Derek Oxfordshire, England
Kathy and Russ MarshallSo sorry to hear of your mothers passing. She was one of the most amazing ladies I have had the honour to meet. We knew your mom from 180 Cherryhill Circle. She was so sweet, kind, beautiful inside and out. It was her time to meet her Lord. We loved her dearly and will not forget her loving ways and always ready smile.
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