Eileen P. (Hay) Gray, 91, a long-time resident of Keene and formerly of North Andover, Massachusetts died on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at Applewood Care Center in Winchester. She passed peacefully while sleeping after a period of declining health.
Eileen was born the daughter of the late Margaret (Cavanaugh) and John Hay on December 11, 1926 in Lawrence, Massachusetts. She was educated in Lawrence and graduated from Lawrence High School class of 1944.
On September 18, 1948 she exchanged vows with Robert C. Gray Jr. at St. Patrick’s Church in Lawrence. Sadly, Robert passed on October 4, 2016 after sixty-eight years of marriage.
For most of her adult life Eileen was a stay at home mom. It was important for her to make sure the house was proper and that she was available for her children’s needs. She did for a while work at the New England Telephone Company as an Operator.
She was a communicant at St. Bernard’s, Parish of the Holy Spirit in Keene. Time was spent working in her flower gardens. She was very social with her family and friends. Eileen was a member of the Swanzey Garden Club for many years and the Ladies Lions Club.
Mrs. Gray is survived by her children; Robert C. Gray III and his wife Molly of Swanzey and Kathleen A. White and her husband Gary of Wells, Maine. Her three grandchildren; Jamie Gray, Travis Gray and Lindsey White. Her siblings; John “Jack” Hay and Pat Finneran passed earlier. In addition she leaves cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
In keeping with Eileen’s wishes there are no calling hours. A Memorial Mass will be given in her memory on February 18, 2018 at 11:15 am. in St. Bernard’s, Parish of the Holy Spirit. 161 Main St. Keene, NH. 03431. Burial will take place privately for both Robert and Eileen in the family lot at Hope Cemetery, Kennebunk, ME. in the spring. In lieu of flowers donations can be made in memory of Eileen P. Gray to: Hospice and Community Services, 312 Marlboro St. Keene, NH. 03431 or to: Homestead Garden Club, P.O. Box 10051, Swanzey, NH. 03446. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel and Crematories, 44 Maple Ave. Keene, NH. 03431. WWW.cheshirefamilyfh.com