Marilyn M. Gray, age 86, of Cheshire entered into eternal rest on Monday, November 2, 2020 at Elim Park Health Care and Rehabilitation Center after a courageous battle with cancer. She was the widow of L. Earl Gray. Marilyn was born on August 21, 1934 in Somerville MA, daughter of the late Frederick W. (Bill) Roberts and Gwendolyn I. (Hudson) Roberts.
Throughout her life, Marilyn grew steadfast in her faith starting in childhood attending College Ave. United Methodist Church in Somerville and at Asbury Grove Methodist Camp in So. Hamilton MA where she would revel in the summer Bible camps held there. Her lifelong love of travel began with a trip as a young woman to Europe but she was just as happy to travel through New England and loved visiting the beaches in Rhode Island. Starting in Europe, Marilyn volunteered at USO shows and met her husband, Earl, at one of these. Shepherding her young family to various Navy duty stations, Marilyn always found time for a friendly gathering, a pretty garden and some time soaking in the sun at the beach.
Eventually Marilyn and her family settled in Cheshire CT. She became a fixture with the Cheshire Garden Club, Cheshire Cats square dancing, Yalesville Methodist Church, South Meriden Trinity Methodist Church and the Winona Lodge of the Rebekahs in Waterbury. Marilyn worked for many years at the Cheshire Friendlys, Tots and Teens clothing store and the Cheshire Housing Authority. After moving to Elim Park, she became a regular sight zooming through the halls on her electric scooter and volunteering at the Nelson Hall box office. She loved the community at Elim Park and thoroughly enjoyed hosting her extended family at dinner and introducing them to her friends.
A loving mother and grandmother (Oma), she will be forever missed by her son, Christopher Gray, and his wife, Stephanie of Jamestown, RI. Marilyn is also survived by her cherished grandsons, Gordon and Joshua Gray; her sister Natalie Matthews, her husband Robert, their 3 children and 7 grandchildren; her sister Susanne Boyce, her husband Robert, their 3 children and 4 grandchildren; and her cousin Doris Darrow of Hubbardston MA.
Due to Covid safety measures, services will be private. A celebration of Marilyn’s life will be held at a later date at Nelson Hall at Elim Park, 150 Cook Hill Rd., Cheshire. In lieu of flowers, memorial Contributions may be made to the Elim Park Resident Benevolence Fund, 140 Cook Hill Rd., Cheshire, CT 06410. To leave condolences for his family online or to share a story of Marilyn, please visit www.fordfh.com