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GRAY, Catherine “Joan”

GRAY, Catherine “Joan”

April 27, 1926 – January 12, 2019

Joan Gray (nee Christian) of Calgary, AB, passed away peacefully at the age of 92.

Joan was born in Drumheller. She moved to Vancouver in her teens, and then to Calgary after she married Len in 1949. She frequently spent her summers in Sundre, Sylvan Lake, Vancouver and Cowley.

Joan was involved in the Girl Guides, Boy Scouts and St. Martin’s. She loved entertaining, knitting, birding, camping, jigsaws, crosswords, painting, baking, crafting, sewing, the Opera, the Monarchy, JEOPARDY!, speaking her mind, listening to others, and she really did remember everyone’s names and families.

Joan is survived by her twin sister Patricia (Pat) Gouge, daughter Catherine Greyland and son Richard Gray (Colleen Eggertson), Charlies’ widow Roxanne and his first wife Barb, and numerous family and friends.

Joan was predeceased by her parents, Charles and Marjorie (Clapham) Christian, brother William (Bill) Christian, husband Leonard (Len) C.A. Gray, and eldest son Charles (Charlie) Gray.

A special thank you to the staff at George Boyack for their loving care of Joan in her final days.

A viewing will be held on Monday, January 21, 2019 at McInnis & Holloway Funeral Home, Park Memorial (5008 Elbow Drive SW, Calgary, AB) from 4:00-6:00pm.

Funeral Services will be held at St. Stephen’s Anglican Church (1121 – 14th Avenue S.W., Calgary, AB) on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at 1:30 p.m.  Reception to follow. Condolences may be forwarded through

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  1. So sorry for your loss. Our condolences.
    From the family of the late Gary Pratt.

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  2. Dear Richard – Colleen and Cathy – My condolences on the passing of such a bright loving soul as your Mom was It has been my honour to have known her even briefly She was a bright light in his oftentimes dreary world How wonderful it must have been to call her your very own Mother and true friend

    I will always treasure her remark to me that I come alive when I’m singing That made me feel so good A simple word from her, a smile, a hug, could change the whole day

    I am aware of the pain and loss I am sure you three, as well a other family members feel You are in my thoughts and prayers With Much Love Your friend Jean

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  3. My sincere condolences to Joan’s family on losing a beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother. Hug your thoughts and memories; she lives through you all.
    I feel honoured to have met Joan on numerous occasions when she attended our choir performances ~ seeing Joan’s proud, sweet, and happy face in the audience was always a treat. I feel honoured to have met Joan; a most lovable lady.
    ~ Nina Hopewell (Calgary)

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  4. Sharon Beaulieu

    To the family of Mrs Gray.
    I was a young neighbour who grew up down the block. Your mom and dad were wonderful to me growing up. After I grew up and moved away, I brought my young my son to Calgary to trick or treat, they not only remembered me, they were happy to be introduced to him.
    It is sad our parents are aging and passing away. Rest in Peace.
    Sharon Beaulieu (Kuntz – 2811)

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  5. We were sorry to hear about your Mom. We all have wonderful memories of being together as neighbors and friends. Such a kind loving person.
    We send our love and sympathies to you all.
    Berta Gerdts, Chestermere
    Chris Gerdts
    Birgitt and Ervin Thiessen
    Rita and David Urso
    Rosemary and Richard Harms

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