Ruth Gray, lifelong resident of Wilkesboro, died Sunday Nov. 17, 2019, following an extended period of declining health due to Alzheimer’s disease. She was born May 27, 1950, to the late Russell Gray Jr. and Annie Vannoy Gray.

She was predeceased by a brother, Russell Gray III.

She is survived by her brother, Jim Gray and wife, Mary Iva, of Durham. She is also survived by a nephew, David Gray and wife, Hannah, and their children, Anne and Walter, of Richmond, and by a niece, Martha Gray Wiehe and husband, Kevin, of Durham and their sons, Elliot and Emmett. Also surviving is a special cousin, Beth Gray Ferguson of Mooresville and her children, Mary Elizabeth, Gray and Eleanor.

She had a 30-year career teaching in the Wilkes County Schools at North High School, Woodward Junior High School and Wilkes Central High School. She was a parishioner of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church of Wilkesboro, where she served a term as president of the ECW and served as the clerk of the vestry. She served on the Wilkesboro Historical Preservation Committee and was a trustee of Old Wilkes Inc. At one time, she was an avid golfer. A great pleasure was her home flower garden from which she loved to share bulbs and clippings with other garden enthusiasts.

A memorial service conducted by the priest-in-charge, Kedron Nicholson, and the Rev. Dn. Susan Whittington will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. The family will receive in the church commons from 10:30 until 11 a.m. A reception will follow the service in the Parish House.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the donor’s choice or to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 95, Wilkesboro, N.C. 28697, Old Wilkes Inc., P.O. Box 935, Wilkesboro, N.C. 28697 or to the Alzheimer’s Association Eastern North Carolina Chapter, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, D.C. 20090.

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