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Sally J. Gray

March 21, 2019

Sally J. GraySally J. Gray, 75, of Clayton passed away at her home surrounded by her family Thursday, March 21, 2019.

Calling hours will be held at Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Clayton on Monday, March 25, from 4 - 7 PM . The funeral service will be at River Community Church at 11 AM on Tuesday, March 26, with Rev. Bob Bausum presiding. Burial will be at the convenience of her family in Clayton Cemetery in the spring.

Sally was born in Watertown on May 11, 1943, daughter of Earl A. "Runt" and Melba Rees Churchill. She graduated from Clayton High School and attended SUNY Fredonia and School of Cosmetology, Watertown. On August 4, 1962 she married Francis R. Gray at Clayton First Baptist Church with Rev. Laurence Wheaton officiating.

She had a beauty shop in her home for fifteen years and then joined the family's business, Gray's Wholesale, Inc., starting in 1984. She retired as secretary and treasurer in 2015. Sally was a member of the First Baptist Church of Clayton for most of her life and enjoyed singing in the choir. Most recently, she has been an active member of the Alexandria Bay Baptist Church. She participated in the Clayton bowling league for many years and golfed in the Ladies Golf League for over fifty years. She very much enjoyed caring for her family, church, and friends. Her gift was hospitality and serving the Lord.

Along with her husband, Francis, Sally is survived by her three children, Ross "Ty" Gray and wife, Linda, Plainfield, IL, Reisha Rieder and husband, Michael, Saratoga Springs, and Michael Gray and Amy Cantwell, Clayton; six grandchildren, Taylor, Aaron and Connor Gray, Scotlynne and Grayson Rieder, and Rees Gray; sister, Beth Marshall and husband, Gerald "Sonny", Clayton; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was predeceased by her parents, her step father, Frederick F. Dartnell, nephew, Scott Marshall, and a sister who died in infancy, Sue Merrilee Churchill.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Sally's name may be made to either the Alexandria Bay Baptist Church, 41 Bolton Ave., Alexandria Bay, NY 13607, or Hospice of Jefferson County, 1398 Gotham St., Watertown, NY 13601. Online condolences to her family may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com.


#25 Janet & Jon Burrows 2019-06-15 15:20
Fran, Family- Sally was a precious, gentle, loving person. To know her was to be touched by kindness and goodness. Can't begin to realize your loss BUT also know she brought such joy and happiness. Can it get any better, really? Prayers for you all.
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#24 Rich Clarke 2019-04-12 12:28
Georgeen and I hope that the care and love of family and friends provide comfort and peace to get you through the days ahead. We send our most sincere condolences to all of you.
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#23 Ferris/Linda Gushlaw 2019-04-02 21:53
Our sincerest sympathy to the Gray Family .I have known Fran and Sally since Elementary School.A sad and sudden loss from Biff and His Family RIP Sally
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#22 G. Kent Walmsley 2019-03-28 14:30
Sally Gray: Fair of face, beautiful of character, willing of spirit. I am thankful for the privilege of knowing her as pastor and friend. I will miss seeing her on visits to Clayton. My sympathy and love to Francis and the family, and to Beth and Sonny. G. Kent Walmsley (Marge, Scott, and Beth, too!
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#21 Dawn M DeRocher 2019-03-27 13:33
Shalom Family
I pray for the Peace that surpasses all understanding to guard Sally to the throne room of our Bridegroom. We will will miss her sweet spirit however will remember and cherish our memories of her while with us.
Love to all
Dawn & Daniel
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#20 Neil&Deloris Belair 2019-03-26 14:41
Dear Fran, Beth and families---
So sorry for your loss----She was a wonderful person and we always enjoyed being with the Gray and Marshall families whenever we could get to Clayton---
All of our best, Neil and Dee
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#19 Lisa M. Carr 2019-03-25 19:59
Please accept my condolences on the unfathomable loss of this sweet, beautful lady. I have nothing but the fondest childhood memories of sitting in her styling chair... watching Match Game and Tattletales and getting my hair permed. She was always unfailingly nice. I hope all the kind words you are receiving will help to ease your pain.
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#18 Alanna -Wood Yormark 2019-03-24 16:00
To her family our sincere condolences! A very sweet and kind person! Sad to hear of her passing. May God be with you as we know she is in his hands now.
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#17 john corrigan 2019-03-24 13:07
our deepest sympathy for your loss, our payers are with you.

the corrigan family,john,chr istie,and valerie
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#16 Laura & Bob Rowland 2019-03-24 12:24
Sally was a huge part of the most wonderful experience we had in Clayton. There was nothing she and her family would not do to help us as new neighbors. She was always there with food or ideas for events to help us meet new people. She was gracious and so incredibly humble in the work she did every day. She will be missed. All of our love and sympathy go out to Frannie and the family..
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