BOW – Jean Margaret Mitchell Gray, 88, of Bow, passed away Monday, June 16, 2014, at CRVNA Hospice House.
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She was born on August 5, 1925 in Syracuse, N.Y. to the late Mary (Phillips) and Clarence Mitchell. Jean spent most of her early life in Syracuse. She worked for the phone company until she met the love of her life, Earl R. Gray. Together, they built their first home in Lakeport, N.Y. It was during that time that Earl received the call to join the ministry and without hesitation Jean packed up their four children, sold their beloved home that Earl built and moved to start a new life in Maine. Earl was accepted into the Bangor Theological Seminary and graduated in 1967. One more child would be born to Earl and Jean while in Bangor rounding out their brood to five.
Jean never wavered in her support of her husband, who was known as the "flying pastor". She helped her husband through seminary and the University of Maine at Orono master's program, while working and raising their children. Once Jean's children grew and left home she decided to go back to school and graduated with a degree in hospitality and culinary arts. After retiring from the ministry, Jean and Earl traveled far and wide in their RV. When no longer able to travel, they chose New Hampshire as their destination to settle.
Jean is pre-deceased by her beloved husband, Earl; eldest daughter, Cindy; her brother, Bud; sister-in-law, Ellen; mother and father and her best friend Helen Wiebel.
Jean is sadly missed by Earl's sister, Francis; and her brother-in-law, Walt Klock; their oldest son, Earl R. Gray Jr.; second son, Barry and daughter-in-law, Yvette Gray; along with Jean and Earl's beloved daughters, Holly Bean, and her fiancé, Rick, and Helen and her husband, Bruce Symonds. Loving Grandchildren include, Jennifer Underdown, Lloyd Gray Roberts, John Gray, Joseph and Gina Gray, Crystal Gray and Nate, Linda Gray, Stacey and Chris Gaskill, Amos Bean and Lauren Mahaney, Aaron and Mia Bean, Ashley Symonds and Kevin Warfield. Loving Great Grandchildren include: Sammy Underdown, Jonah Gray, Eli Gray, Madeline Gray, Aidan Bean, and Mason Bean. Numerous nephews and neices. Jean's extended family includes, Jamie, Michael and Sophie Dalland, the community at White Rock, her twin pea in the pod Jackie Dean, her food co-op friend Josh Bourassa, Cimo and his wonderful staff, the Bow police department who lovingly checked in with her every day, and her best friend, Lois DeLoubell (the remaining musketeer).
Jean's motto has always been: Love one another. She lived this motto to the fullest spreading much love and happiness wherever she went.
Visiting Hours will be on Sunday, June 22, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Waters Funeral Home, 50 South Main St., Concord.
Funeral Services will be held on Monday, June 23, at 11 a.m. at the Bow Mills Methodist Church, South Street, Bow.
Burial will be at 1:30 p.m. in the NH Veterans Cemetery, DW Highway, Boscawen.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to CRVNA Hospice House 30 Pillsbury Street, Concord, NH 03301, or the Bow Police Department 12 Robinson Road, Bow, NH 03304.
Waters Funeral Home - Concord
50 S. Main St.
Concord, NH 03302-0670
Published in The Concord Monitor on June 18, 2014