Gray (ne Waller), Phyllis

May 24th, 2015

At University Hospital on Sunday, May 24, 2015, Mrs. Phyllis Gray (née Waller), of London, at the age of 87.  Beloved wife of the late Douglas Gray.  Loving mother of Cathy Gongos and her husband Karl, of Slave Lake, Alberta; Anne Cannon and her husband Dave, of Caledon; and Barbara Gray, of London.  Also loved by her grandchildren Michelle and Amanda Cannon.  Cremation has taken place.  A memorial celebration of life will be held at METROPOLITAN UNITED CHURCH, 468 Wellington Street, London, on Saturday, June 6, 2015 at 11:00 a.m., with Rev. Herb Summers officiating.  Memorial donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association would be greatly appreciated by the family. 

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Mary SmithPhyllis was an old friend from the days we went to Mac and worked at Bigwin Inn where she met Doug. Phyllis was a kind, funny person who could always make you laugh and a good friend. Barb, Ann and Kathy and your families myheart goes out to you. We will all miss her.
Heather HolmesOutside of my parents, I'm pretty sure Mrs. Gray was the first adult I ever met. We lived across the street from the Grays and Barb along with our third amigo Bebe, were my very first friends. We're amigos to this day and have Mrs. Gray to thank for the introduction. I remember the Gray household as full of girls and buttery baking aromas. Mrs. Gray was kind, tolerant (..we were five after all) and welcoming. I know she'll be sorely missed by many. Sincerest condolences from an erstwhile neighbour.
Bebe Krohn RakowiczMy deepest sympathy for Barb, Cathy and Anne and the rest of the family. Mrs. Gray always did things from her heart. I would be invited for lunch sometimes when Barb and I were kids...Kraft dinner and homemade oatmeal cookies. It was great. I remember Barb mentioning a special present that her Mom made for her one year - a wedding dress for her Barbie made out of her mom's very own wedding dress. These are just a couple things that I remember over the years. I hope that you will remember many more special memories and know that families are forever. God bless you. Love always, Bebe
David BrouseAunt Phyllis always made a huge effort to keep in touch with family. Every Christmas we waited for her phone call and enjoyed speaking to her about your family. Of course she always had so much to say about Cathy, Anne and Barb ... she was so proud of her girls. After our Christmas chats we waited for her letters ..... always full of stories about the camp, her daughters, and her grandchildren. Aunt Phyllis always made us feel part of her immediate family, even though we were a large distance away. We will miss her phone calls and her six page letters ( double sided ). To Cathy, Anne and Barb I can tell you that from listening to all of her stories, your Mom loved you all, you girls were the biggest part of her life. We will miss her. Sincerest condolences.
Carol TownMrs. Gray and all the Gray family were a huge part of our family's life growing up. We spent many summers, renting the cottage next to the Grays for two weeks on South Bay, Haliburton Lake. Tons of fun was had by all!! Waterskiing, playing games, taking the boat out. And through it all, there was Mrs. Gray.... laughing and baking... cookies, bread, pies. You name it - she was a fabulous cook and baker. And she couldn't eat most of it!!! What a self-disciplined woman she was.. which is why she has lived such a long and healthy life. Later, my mom and dad bought a cottage on the north end of the lake, just a few doors down from the the Grays' second Haliburton Lake cottage. So our children got to know Mr. and Mrs. Gray as well. She loved children. I remember Mrs. Gray bringing out lots of old toys from our childhood... for our children to play with. I was as interested as they were at this blast from the past! This speaks of another quality of Mrs. Gray... a talented seamstress, furniture recoverer and refinisher. Phyllis and Irene (my mom) were friends from Elementary school.... along with Mary Smith. They had a lot of fun together and remained good friends to the end. We'll miss your mom, Cathy, Anne, and Barb. She was a wonderful woman to all she knew. We're thinking of you with love.
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