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Elinor Dean Gray Johnsey, 88, of Leland, NC, formerly of Kinston, passed away on Monday, May 6, 2013. Born in Lenoir County on October 22, 1924, she was the daughter of the late Clarence and Eunice Cunningham Gray. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin Cecil "Steve" Johnsey.

Dean attended Greensboro College and was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church.

Survivors include her daughter, Dr. Dean Johnsey (Deedi) Swart and husband Charles of Leland; son, C. Gray Johnsey and wife Betty of Kinston; grandchildren, Elinor J. Foy and husband Charles of Raleigh, C. Gray Johnsey, Jr. and fiancée Miranda Fluharty of Palm Beach Gardens, FL, Stephen R. Peterson and fiancée Ashley Farber of Portland, Oregon, R. Johnsey (Jack) Peterson and wife Isabel of Long Beach, CA, and Henry O. (Pete) Peterson, IV of Greenville; and great-grandchild, Charles Campbell Foy of Raleigh.

A Memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, May 11, 2013, at St. John's Episcopal Church, 1219 Forest Hills Drive, Wilmington, NC with The Reverend Dr. Thomas C. Barnett officiating. The family will receive friends in the Parish Hall following the service. A private burial will be held at a later date,

Howard-Carter Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

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Published in the Wilmington Star-News from May 8 to May 9, 2013
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