Mary Ann Gray
February 28, 1932 ~ February 22, 2013
Resided in: Alexandria, VA
Mary Ann Gray, resident of Alexandria VA, died Friday February 22, 2013 at the age of 81. She was born in 1932, to Anne and Frank Sloop. She grew up in Asheville, and met Bill Gray in high school. She never pursued a higher education, but Mr. Gray entered the Air Force, got a degree from Stanford, and during his service years they lived in Mississippi, Okinawa, California, Nebraska, Colorado, Arizona, and Texas. She and Bill had four children together. Mr. Gray retired from the Air Force and went to work for the government in Washington, D.C. Their boys grew up at the house at 1908 Rampart Dr in Alexandria, VA, from junior high on. In 1971, their daughter, Greta, died of cancer at the age of 12 in that house, making Mrs. Gray the second member of the family to pass away there. Mrs. Gray was a homemaker who raised four loving children and two grandchildren, and supported all her husband's moves and career changes. She was a marvelous mother who sacrificed for and nurtured her children and grandchildren. She never got over the loss of her only daughter, and the loss of her mother in 1995 was also difficult. But ever smiling and full of encouragement, she had a quiet, gentle yet strong spirit that we will sorely miss. The death of her husband in 2000 was the final blow; she's waited to join him for almost 13 years. She loved the Lord just as Mr. Gray did. Her family has no doubt about her eternal destination. She was a gifted crafter, gardner, painter, quilter, and ever making posters for school, church and community activities. The best of her spiritual gifts: nurturer, encourager, supporter, mentor, shepherdess. A Godly woman who in her quiet way displayed a strength, an example of a life well lived and worth emulating. She is survived by one brother, Charles Sloop and his wife Marge and their two daughters. She is also survived by three sons, Robert; Jim and his wife Tia, and Gordon and his wife Alexandra, two grandchildren Michael and Whitney and one step-grandson, Victor. Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, March 9, 2013 in the Patton Avenue Chapel of Groce Funeral Home with Pastor Bill Snyder officiating. Interment will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. Reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Children's Hospital, 111 Michigan Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20010, (301) 565-8500.