GRAY, Margaret Elizabeth – Margaret died peacefully at St. Joseph’s Hospice, Sarnia on December 2, 2019 at the age of 92. She was the dearly loved mother of Connie and Ross Ptolemy, grandmother of Kevin Ptolemy (Nancy) and Jeremy Meehan and great grandmother of Evan, Jake and Sara Elizabeth Meehan. She was the dear sister of Helen Vandevenne, Dorothy Pettit and Judy Grant, and is survived by many nieces and nephews. Margaret was predeceased by her husband of 63 years Howard Melvin Gray, her dearly loved granddaughter Robin Elizabeth (Ptolemy) Meehan, and sister Ethel May. She was also predeceased by her brothers in law Alex Gray, Romaine Vandevenne, Francis Pettit and Dick Grant, and by her sisters in law Mina Finch, Iris Dunn and Margaret Crawford. Margaret was born in Sombra Township to Gordon and Marie Fournie. She met the love of her life Howard at one of the many dances held in the Sombra and Moore area. Margaret and Howard were active members of Calvary United Church and later Brigden United Church. Church and community life were important to Margaret and she lived her faith. She was a volunteer at Mooretown School and with Lambton Elderly Outreach. One of her clients who became a special friend was Stuart James a local man who was a renowned magician and shared many interesting stories with her. Margaret had many interests and enjoyed golf, travelling, reading, quilting, and gardening. She even learned to swim at the age of 65. Margaret was a kind and gentle soul who did not like the spot light, but in her own quiet way let her light shine.
Family and friends will be received at STEADMAN BROTHERS FUNERAL HOME, BRIGDEN on Saturday, December 7, 2019 from 4-7pm.
A private family graveside will take place at a later date.
Sympathy may be expressed through donations to St. Joseph’s Hospice or Canadian Cancer Society.
I had great respect and sympathy for Margaret as she lived through the great losses of recent years. I will always remember going to visit her at the house and she would have tea set out and squares or cookies. It wasn’t a proper visit with the minister if refreshments were not served. I imagine her now having tea and cakes with Howard, and Robin. She was a very classy lady. God bless you all and comfort you in this loss. Rev. Sandra Fogarty
Connie and Ross and family, wishing you comfort knowing Aunt Margaret’s fight is over and that she is at peace. She was a wonderful person, never one to draw attention to herself, but quietly shining in her generous and kind way. A loving heart, she is remembered with gratefulness for all the wonderful memories she’s given our family.
Connie, Ross and family, Margaret became a good friend to Betty when they were living at Landmark. Betty looked forward to having dinner with her in the dining room. Margaret would organize for them to go downstairs to some of the events. Your mom was a beautiful and kind lady.
Connie,Ross and family. Sorry to hear about your loss
Dear Connie, Ross & family, I was saddened to read of Margaret’s passing and have such fond memories of her. She will be missed by all who loved her. You are in my thoughts and prayers, all my love, Susie Abrametz
Connie, Ross and family…Please know that our thoughts and love are with you. Many happy memories over the years with your Mom and your Mom and Dad. It is never easy when they move on. We pray that you will find comfort in all the wonderful memories of times you shared together, and to know that she is now breathing easy.
Connie and Ross, Gary and I are so sorry for your loss. Aunt Margaret was a beautiful person, inside and out. We were lucky to have known her, and have many memories that we will cherish. Our thoughts are with you and your family.
Connie and Ross….Larry and I were so sorry to hear about Margaret. You were very fortunate to have had her in your lives for so long. We are thinking of you and hope many memories will help you through your loss. Take care of yourselves now. Janet and Larry
Ross and Connie: We were just so very sorry to hear about your mom. Please know that our love, thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. Our hearts go out to you.
Aunt Helen, Dorothy and families. So sad when a love one passes away. John and I are sorry we cannot attend the visitation as we have a prior commitment but our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time
John and Jeanne Pretty.
Connie, Ross and Kevin, my sincerest condolences on the loss of your mother/mother-in-law/grandmother. I only had the pleasure of meeting her once and know her to be a very fine lady. My thoughts are with you during this very difficult time for you!
Dear Connie and Ross,
We are so sorry to hear of your mothers passing. May the Lord Comfort you and be with you in this difficult time.
Harriet & Mike Nagle
Dear Connie and family: Sending my deepest sympathy to you for the loss of your mom.
Connie, Ross and families::
So glad to hear Aunt Margaret passed peacefully.
She is remembered as such a wonderful person, always seeming at peace with life, full of love.
Her light did shine and will continue to shine each time she is remembered.
My prayers are for “peace that surpasses all understanding”, only given from above.
Love to you all.
Connie and Ross – I am so sorry for the loss of your Mother. You are in my thoughts
Connie and Ross, I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your mother. May she Rest In Peace. My prayers are with you and your family.
My thoughts and prayers are with the family.Hugs to you all
Our sincerest sympathy to all the family on Margaret’s passing. She was a truly beautiful lady. Many years ago, Margaret and Howard sold us their piano for almost nothing, and that was ‘instrumental’ in our two daughters becoming musicians playing in their respective churches. We were so grateful for that gift, and for the resulting outcome.
Our Sympathy Connie and your family. Margaret will be remembered by me from explores and many baseball games. Betty ( Burgess)& Chuck Lauwereys.
Connie and family,
I am so sorry for the loss of your mom. She will be greatly missed.