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Joan Mae Gray

June 11, 1941 ~ September 7, 2021 (age 80)


Joan M. Gray, 80, of Holly Ridge, NC, formerly of Walton, NY, passed away Tuesday, September 7, 2021 at her home with loved ones by her side.

Joan was born in Delhi, NY on June 11, 1941. Her career included retail banking and proprietorship of a pet shop. Throughout her life, Joan enjoyed golfing, camping, walking on the beach, collecting shark teeth, and crafting. She most enjoyed spending time with family, her children, and grandchildren.

Joan married Ronald E. Gray in Delhi, NY on June 19, 1959, They spent 62 years together and raised four sons.

Joan is preceded in death by her parents, Veda Baker Fairbairn and Melvin Fairbairn; son, Ronald E. Gray Jr.; grandson, Mark A. Gray Jr.; brother, James Fairbairn; and sister, Gail McArthur.

Joan is survived by her husband, Ronald E. Gray Sr.; sons, Donald B. Gray (Terry), Michael R. Gray (Betsy), and Mark A. Gray; daughter-in-law, Norma Gray; grandchildren, Hillary Peterson (Ronald), Holden Gray (Lauren), Erin Gray, Sawyer Gray, Collin Gray (Ana), Molly Silvanic, and Eric Silvanic; great-granddaughter, Kayla Tully; brothers, Anthony Fairbairn (Patty), Melvin Fairbairn (Shelly), and John Fairbairn (Donna); special cousin, Leroy Fairbairn (Lize); and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

It was Joan’s wish that there be no formal memorial service or visitation. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to the American Heart Association in Joan’s name. You can mail the donation to American Heart Association: 300 5th Avenue, Suite 6, Waltham, MA 02451.

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