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Leone Eva Gray

Posted By Hall-Wynne On October 28, 2014 @ 9:34 am In Durham,Obituaries,Pittsboro | 4 Comments

WAKE FOREST- Leone Eva Gray, 90, passed away peacefully October 26, 2014 at Hillside Nursing Center in Wake Forest. Leone was born on February 15, 1924 in Grand Rapids, MI to the late Fred Kelley and Frieda Bennett Kelley.

Leone is predeceased by two brothers, Glen and Fred Kelley, her husband John W. Gray and her youngest daughter, Kristi Petersen, who is survived by her husband, Bill Petersen and their two children, Matthew and John. Leone has two surviving children; her son, Jim Boom of Woodbridge, VA, his wife Betty and their three children, Kelley, Keith and Kyle, and her daughter, Laurie Fischer of Wake Forest, her husband John, their two children, Michael and Taylor, his wife Rebecca and their newborn son, Nathan.

Leone was a multi-year volunteer for the American Red Cross, a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Her love and compassion for her family and animals will be remembered by all who knew her.

Graveside services will be held 2:00pm Friday, October 31, 2014 at Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church Cemetery with Dr. Robert Simpson officiating.United Methodist church copy

In lieu of flowers please feel free to make charitable donations of your choice or to the following:Society for the Prevention of Cruelty of Animals (SPCA). For more information see the following link. http://www.spcawake.org/site/PageServer

Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church, Bahama, NC http://mountbethelumc.com/

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Condolences for the family of “Leone Eva Gray”

Condolence from Al & Jackie Woodson on October 28th, 2014 4:40 pm

“What we have once enjoyed, we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes part of us.”

Our prayers are with you and your family.

The Woodsons

Condolence from Bill Willsno on October 29th, 2014 10:26 am


Just wanted to say I’m sorry for your loss. Let’s get together after you get back and we can visit during lunch.

Here’s a poem I share at times like this:

Life is eternal

I am standing upon the seashore.
A ship at my side spreads her white sails
to the morning breeze and starts for the blue ocean.
She is an object of beauty and strength
and I stand and watch her until at length
she hangs like a speck of white cloud
just where the sea and sky come down
to mingle with each other. Then, someone at my side
says, “There – she is gone.”

Gone where? Gone from my sight –
That is all. She is just as large in mast and hull
and spar as she was when she left my side,
and just as able to bear her load of living freight
to the place of destination. Her diminished size is in me,
not in her; and just at the moment when someone
at my side says, “There – she is gone,” there are
other eyes watching her coming, and other voices
ready to take up the glad shout, “There she comes!”

Author unknown

Condolence from Bill & Lisa Boom on October 30th, 2014 9:23 pm

Jim & Laurie and Families , were sorry to here of the passing of Aunt Leone. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families, may you find peace and love in this time of remembrance of your mother. Boom’s of Florida.

Condolence from U.S. Senator Kay Hagan on October 31st, 2014 11:22 pm

You have my deepest sympathy.

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