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.