Janet Marie Gray
1950 - 2021
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Janet Marie Gray

Simms -

Janet Marie (Monroe) Gray, 70, of Simms, MT passed away on January 24, 2021 with her loving husband by her side at Benefis Hospital in Great Falls, MT.

Jan was born on May 1, 1950 to Shirley and Doris Monroe in Great Falls and grew up in Cut Bank, where she graduated from high school before heading to college. She earned an Associate Degree at Ricks College and then attended BYU. While at BYU, she began dating Robert Gray and became "Bobby's Girl". The two were married on May 29, 1971 in the Manti Temple. Together they raised four children in Simms, MT, Laini, Ryan, Melissa and Zane.

Jan was a full-time homemaker, wife, mother and grandmother. She was actively involved in many activities that revolved around her faith, family and community. Jan was very involved in her children's activities, served as a 4-H leader, Cub Scout Leader and served many years as a volunteer in the Primary at her church. As her children grew, her involvement in Junior High and High School activities increased to running her kids to and from cheerleading, basketball, football, volleyball, music and many other extracurricular activities. As a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, she volunteered and served as a music leader, teacher, President, and activities coordinator in the Young Women's and Relief Society organizations and she taught early morning seminary to high school age kids from 1992-1996.

Jan was an excellent homemaker. She was a talented cook, baker and seamstress. Jan ran her own business selling homemade, hand sewn, and hand painted crafts and decorations. She spent many hours perfecting her many talents and enjoyed the smiles her creations brought to her customers, friends and family.

Jan took great pride in the home Bob built for her. She was a decorator extraordinaire and had new décor for every season and holiday. She greatly enjoyed arranging the flowers in her garden, in her yard, on her deck and in her home. She loved hosting and planning parties. Every holiday and birthday, regardless of who it was for, was special to her and a reason to celebrate. She had a gift for making everyone feel special.

As much as this city girl at heart loved life on the ranch, Jan enjoyed traveling. She loved to visit family and friends, see new sights and study history. She loved to go to the movies and out to a nice dinner with friends. Jan admired the arts and enjoyed attending concerts and events at the Great Falls Civic Center. She loved Montana and Glacier Park had a special place in her heart.

Jan was the life of the party everywhere she went. She had a flair that everyone recognized and admired. Her playful personality lit up the room and there was never a dull moment. Her laugh was contagious. As soon as you heard it, you would begin laughing even if you didn't know why. As fun as Jan was, she was also sincere and genuine. Her acts of service were countless and priceless to those she touched. She made sure to say hello, give a compliment and ask how you were doing. She would hold your hand (and sometimes both) so YOU KNEW, she was really listening and really cared with her heart. She could empathize and connect with anyone and was a friend to all.

Jan is survived by her husband, Bob of Simms, MT, children and spouses Laini (Darren Schlepp) Gray, Ryan (Staci) Gray, Melissa (Chris) Warner, Zane (Lindsey) Gray, 13 grandchildren; Haydn, Rylan, Brooklyn, Beckham, Alexis, Boston, Ali, Harper, McKinley, Weston, Grayson, Maggie, and Miles; siblings Karen Russell, Mark Monroe, Keith Monroe and Eric Monroe, numerous nephews and nieces, cousins and hundreds of friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Shirley and Doris Monroe and brother Kevin.

Because of our love and concern for family and friends, a family service will be held Saturday, January 30th at 11am at the Sun River Valley Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Livestreaming will be available on Zoom, with meeting information available at www.croxfordfuneralhome.com where you can also share condolences with the family.

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Published in Great Falls Tribune from Jan. 26 to Jan. 27, 2021.
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January 30, 2021
Jan was one of my dearest friends. I knew her for almost 30 years. We had much in common-mainly our health struggles, our love of our families, and the gospel of Jesus Christ that we both had deep faith in.

We would often call and check on each other and Jan would always know how to cheer me up when I was down. When she was down, I did my best to lift her spirits. She was a "giver" in every sense of the word and she gave me the best gift of all-herself! I am grateful to now that our friendship will endure forever and I very much look forward to the day when I can just sit and "chat" with her about anything/everything. Rest in peace my sweet friend....until we meet again.

And to Bob and her 4 children, her son-in-laws and daughter in law's, and all her grandchildren, may a Spirit of peace dwell with you to comfort and bless. And may you have much joy in the memories of such a beautiful soul as Jan was. My love to you, Sister Susan Porter
Susan Porter
January 30, 2021
She was the sweetest person I’ve ever met. When I joined the family she loved me unconditionally. I’ll never forget her love. My children adored her and she adored them. What a priceless gift. We love you Jan and may you rest in peace. Lovingly the Kevin S Monroe family.!

January 30, 2021
Jan and I shared everything from cancer to a wonderful and caring friendship. I will miss that friendship so very much.
Laurel Christensen
January 29, 2021
Jan was a great friend. She probably helped me through four of the hardest times of my life. When Dan left for Desert Storm, I was just leaving the hospital with our ninth child. Bishop Bob came to the hospital and Dan and he blessed our new baby. He brought me a hand-crafted bear that Jan had made. On the back of the bear, Jan wrote "To Ramona: I am here to help make things " Bear-able". The bear sits on my desk and I have read it many, many times. When Jan came to Washington to visit her daughter, I was always privileged to go out to lunch with her. We had a good time. She will be missed! Love ya Jan!
Ramona Jurich
January 29, 2021
I'm so sorry to hear this. Jan was always a beautiful woman and lit up the any room she was in. Love you all.
Georgene Davis
January 27, 2021
Jan was a special person. I always left feely better about everything. She had that way of helping everyone who was around her. She always concerned of others first. She would always lift you up no matter how she was feeling. Jan has a special place in my heart for all of her lifting me up. I am thankful for what she has done for me & my family. We pray for her family members for comfort & care at this time. Bill & Dorothy
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