Elaine Gray
FUNERAL HOME
Peninsula Funeral Home
11144 Warwick Boulevard
Newport News, VA
NEWPORT NEWS - Elaine Gray passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 23, 2008, in her home with her family by her side.
She was born in Coeburn, Va., on April 5, 1945, daughter of the late Sam and June Graham. Elaine worked for over 40 years at 'Monty's Penguin,' touching many lives and reluctantly retiring last year due to her struggle with lung cancer. Elaine has gone to be with her great idol, Dale Earnhardt.
She is survived by her three sons, Ronnie Gray, John Bob Gray and wife, Rosemary, and Donnie R. Gray and wife, Terry; five grandchildren, Katy, Heather, Kyle, Katie and Brandon; three sisters, Peggy Hobbs, Norma Elliott and husband, Dale, and Sue Ferrell and husband, Floyd; and three brothers, Jack Graham and wife, Mary, Gerald Graham and wife, Judy, Darrel Graham and wife, Phyllis.
A special thanks goes to her extended family, Bonnie Rice and Carolyn Baldwin, for all their support and love.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 25, at Peninsula Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Smithfield Baptist Church 'SBC' Relay for Life team, 100 Wainwright Drive, Smithfield, VA 23430.
Peninsula Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at dailypress.com/guestbooks.

Published by Daily Press from Apr. 24 to Apr. 25, 2008.
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I worked with Elaine for over 10 years at Montys.She was always looking out for me and she was there for me through some rough times.I am so sorry I did not get a chance to say goodbye.I wish I would of known she was ill.My prayers and sympathy go out to her family.
Neesy Perry Maxwell
Denise Maxwell
August 4, 2008
I, too, worked with Elaine at Monty's in the 80's and early 90's and she was always "something". At first she was hard to get along with but once you got to know her - you knew that her heart was as big as they come and that she was a true friend. She will be sorely missed. All the best to her family and friends.
Monica Chenault
April 26, 2008
I hadn't seen my Aunt Elaine in years but she will be missed by everyone who knew and loved her. I am sorry for her children and the rest of the family she will be watching over us all.
Teresa Hobbs Fletcher
April 26, 2008
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.We are sorry for your loss.
Scott & Jerri Kerlin
April 25, 2008
Our sympathy goes to the Gray family & friends.
Judith & Rube Walker/Brett
April 25, 2008
Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.
norma hobbs
April 25, 2008
I am so sorry for the lost of my grandmother's sister Elaine. I never had the chance to meet her, but my grandmother has told me wonderful things about her. Our thoughts are with you and your family through your time of need. (Crystal Hobbs)
Crystal Hobbs
April 25, 2008
I've thought of you often. I'm sorry for all your boys and their wifes. I'll always remember the good times we had from Monty's to the Rail and all the other visits that we had together. I'll miss you but I'll see you again I'm sure. You were the best girl.
June Lawrence
April 25, 2008
For as long as I can remember, I have been going to Monty's with my family. Elaine always made those visits special. There is no doubt that Monty's will never be the same...she will be terribly missed...
Alexis Michalos-Chappell
April 24, 2008
Dear Gray Family and Friends,
You are in our prayers and thoughts. May Our God give you comfort at this time of loss. Matthew 5:4 says, "Blessed are those that mourn for they shall be comforted." May His loving arms surround you and give you peace. God bless each of you.
In Christ Love,
North Riverside Baptist Church Prayer Ministry Team
April 24, 2008
My family and I want to extend our deepest sympathies to the Gray family--especially to my mother Norma and her siblings. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time.
Craig Elliott
April 24, 2008
I TRULY WILL MISS ELAINE I'VE KNOWN HER FOR 40 YEARS. SHE WAS A VERY GOOD FRIEND. COULD TALK TO HER ABOUT THE GOOD AND BAD. I MOVED TO NC IN OCT. BUT KEPT IN TOUCH BY PHONE JUST TO SAY HI AND SEE HOW SHE WAS FEELING. ELAINE I WILL MISS YOU AND OUR TALKS. BUT YOU WILL HAVE NO MORE PAIN. YOU TAKE CARE OF YOUR BUDDY DALE AND DONALD FOR ME. DON'T YOU GUYS TALK ABOUT RACING TO MUCH. MY PRAYERS ARE WITH YOUR FAMILY.
CAROLYN OWENS
April 24, 2008
To Elaine's familly, I am truley sorry for the loss you have shared..I too worked with Elaine for many years and I will miss her. I do remember about the wet towel at work, I would always steal hers ....But I could always make her laugh..Your family will be in my thought and prayers.
Debbie
Debbie Surrett
April 24, 2008
My heart goes out to my cousins John Bob, Donnie and especialy Ronnie who has been a brother more than a cousin. Your Mom has had a major part in my life. I will miss her very much. I love you guys and may God be with you in this time of loss.
Chris Hamblin
April 24, 2008
I was so saddened to hear of Elaine's passing. I worked with her many years ago at Montys and she was just a joy to be around and work with. My thoughts are prayers are with you all at this time.
Tammy Williamson Crasno
April 24, 2008
My thoughts and prayers are with Sue Ferrell and her family at this difficult time.
Pam Hall
April 24, 2008
I am so sorry for your loss. I worked with Elaine off and on for 10 years at Monty's. She was such a wonderful woman! I always looked forward to working with her, and making sure I didn't steal her rag on accident! :) She will be greatly missed, but her memory will definitely live on in our hearts. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.
Ashlie McKeel
April 24, 2008
We were truly saddened to hear that Elaine had passed away. When we lived in Newport News, we ate breakfast at Monty's and always wanted Elaine to serve us. She was a little lady with a big heart and personality. She could talk to you about anything, but her true passions were her family and Nascar. I know she will be missed by all who knew her. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Wayne & Barbara Kerlin
April 24, 2008
Please accept my sincere condolences to the family in this difficult time. My God grant you peace and serenity as you greive the passing of your mother. John and Rosemary, please do not hesitate to call on me if you need anything. (Love, "D")
Danyelle Saunders
April 24, 2008
THE GRAY FAMILY, IAM SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS. I WILL MISS LANIE SO MUCH. IWILL KEEP HER AND THE FAMILY IN MY PRAYERS. GOD BLESS YOU ALL.
SHERRY LEWIS
April 24, 2008
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