In Celebration of

Mary Elizabeth Gray

April 3, 1926 -  June 11, 2018

Mom was born on April 3rd 1926 in Fredericton, New Brunswick to Walter and Melissa Neilson. She died suddenly but peacefully on June 11th 2018 at the Carleton Place & District Memorial Hospital. Mom and Dad moved to Ottawa from New Brunswick in 1962. There they raised four daughters. Mom served as a WREN during World War II while Dad served in the Navy. She loved her sports. As a young woman she captained her basketball team for Fredericton High School and was a member of the HMCS Bytown basketball team. She was also on the Fredericton ladies bowling team. She was a very good golfer. She managed a hole in one at age 80. She was darn proud of that! She was a member and past President of the Ottawa Curling Club and skipped many teams over the years. In her later years her prowess on the shuffleboard court at Tucson Estates was legendary. She hung on to those trophies until the end. She was also a very proficient bridge player which she played from an early age until her final year. She is survived by daughters Cathy (John), Sheila, Susan and Kim (Jim). She is also survived by her brother Carl (Donna) and sister Georgina. Predeceased by her husband John of 59 years, siblings Inez, James, Edythe, Harry, Paul, Willis, Peter and son-in-law Frank. She was blessed with ten grandchildren who were her pride and joy - James, Kelly, Colleen, Wally, Trevor, Jesse, Sarah, Andrew, Martin and Gary, as well as four great-grandchildren Riley, Colton, Emma and Grayson. Mom was known for her frankness, her stubbornness and her love of a good argument. She laughed easily and often and her daughters have learned to do the same. She never took herself too seriously. She loved music and hosted and participated in many kitchen parties. She and Dad loved to entertain and our door was always open for friends and relatives alike. She made friends easily and had many who were lifelong. She will be sorely missed by her dear friends of more than sixty years Helen, Audrey and Hester.

Special thanks to all of the staff at Waterside Retirement Community and Dr.
Champagne, who took good care of Mom.

A private celebration of Mom's life will be held at a later date, interment care of Beechwood cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Heart and Stroke Foundation.


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Debbie (Great Niece)

Entered June 14, 2018 from Fredericton

So sorry to hear of Mary's passing. Didn't get to see her (or John) and you girls often, but I certainly remember when we did. Fiddles come to mind 😉 I remember Mary being a spitfire (that's a compliment). Small World, I grew up in Charters Settlement and your Uncle and Aunt live within walking distance (Donna taught me home economics in school).
She lived a full life for sure and I hope you and your kids carry on some of that spunk!

Debbi Roy 

Entered June 14, 2018 from Gloucester

Cathy, Sheila and families, my deepest condolences on the loss of your Mother. My thoughts are with you at this difficult time.

Mary-Lou Coulter (friend)

Entered June 14, 2018 from Carleton Place

Your mom was a sweetie for sure, Im glad I got to meet her in Tucson. Thinking of your family at this time, the hardest death in life are your parents I think. love ML

Sherry Whissell (Friend)

Entered June 14, 2018

My condolences, you are all in my thoughts and prayers...


Cindy & Don Laporte (Friend)

Entered June 15, 2018 from Kemptville

Know that we share in your grief for the loss of such an amazing lady. May our friendship and heartfelt condolences bring you comfort.


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