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Carolyn Gray

Obituary for Carolyn Gray

January 24, 1932 - June 12, 2019
San Antonio, Texas | Age 87


Carolyn McKenzie Gray, loved by her family and friends, passed away Wednesday, June 12, 2019, at age 87.

Carolyn was profoundly grateful for the many blessings God bestowed upon her and her family. She loved her family well. She is survived by her husband Francis Herbert (Herb) Gray Jr., and their children and respective spouses, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren:

Kerry and Mark White (San Antonio) and family:
David and Melanee White (Waco) and family: Reilly, Suzette, and Piper
Michelle White (San Antonio)

Mark and Jeri Gray (Houston) and family:
Michael Gray (Houston)
Lindsay Gray (Houston)

Dianne Warren (Dallas) and family:
Kelly Warren (Bedford)
Cody and Hannah Warren (Houston)

Steven and Shawn Gray (Rio Frio) and family:
Jacy Gray (Rio Frio)
Jake Gray (Rio Frio)

Carolyn loved Herb deeply and was truly a God-given helper for him. They married on May 17, 1952 and shared 67 wonderful years together. Carolyn is the reason for much of Herb's success in his life. She sacrificed her time and interests in pursuit of helping him achieve success in his career, and church and community activities.

Carolyn was an excellent mother. She used the "each one teaches one" and "pay it forward" ideas very cleverly. Each of her children were given opportunities to support and be supported by each other with participation in family chores, personal laundry and clean up, saving to purchase items at the nearby Dime store, and playing with each other and neighboring children. They also attended each sibling's sports, school, and church events. Her love and guidance helped create the team spirit which her adult children exhibit today.

She was involved in many of her children's, grandchildren's, and great-grandchildren's developmental activities. While she created learning activities for her teaching career, her own children observed and tried those "games" to see how they worked out. She was delighted to receive their input and ideas. She encouraged her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren to learn by doing, playing, listening, observing, telling, reading, tutoring, cooking, and/or baking. She enjoyed traveling to and attending all the sporting events, musical performances, recitals, church activities, and special recognitions and celebrations. She loved being with and a part of each one's life.

Carolyn was a loving and devoted daughter to her parents James Peyton McKenzie Jr. and Maurine Chamberlain McKenzie (San Antonio). She and Herb cared for her elderly, widowed mother for five years in their (Gray) home. During this experience, they modeled their love and value for elderly family members.

Carolyn loved visiting her sister Joan and her husband Moorman Crumrine and children (Hamilton, TX). She was delighted how the cousins shared their dairy farming skills with her children.

Carolyn also loved and cared for Herb's parents Francis Herbert Gray, Sr. and Alma Kirby Gray (San Antonio). She loved the extended family and attending the Kirby-Scott family reunions. She loved being with Herb's brother Don and his wife Daryll, and children (Austin, TX); and Herb's sister Margie and her husband Bob Walz, and children (Helotes, TX).

Carolyn attended Jefferson High School where she became the Major of the Lassos. She attended Trinity University where she met Herb and achieved a bachelor's degree. Years later, Carolyn achieved her master's degree from UTSA.

Carolyn's life was further blessed and enriched by her professional teaching roles during 1952 to 1992. She enjoyed teaching kinder, first, and second grades at Carvajal and Will Rogers elementary schools in the San Antonio ISD. She held various leadership roles in school and district committees, and teacher organizations. She retired with over 31 years of service and enjoyed being a 27-year member of the San Antonio Area Retired Teachers Association.

Carolyn and Herb have been members of Colonial Hills United Methodist Church for over 47 years. Carolyn enjoyed leadership and support roles in Sunday school classes, Bible classes, and missions and outreach programs. She was an active member of the United Methodist Women's group where she baked hundreds of cookies for the annual fund-raising events.

Carolyn also enjoyed socializing with friends. In her younger years, she regularly played tennis and took her children along, even setting up a playpen out of harm's way for the youngsters. She also enjoyed picnicking and visiting the local swimming pool with her children and their friends and parents. After retirement, she was active in a neighborhood women's Bunco group and enjoyed serving as hostess. As she played, she loved it when she won the prized "kitty".

Carolyn had an abundant life filled with God's blessings and was always appreciative and thankful for the support she received from her family and friends. She received Jesus as her Lord and Savior, believed and trusted in Him with all her heart, and believed in the power of the Holy Spirit. We are grateful for the Lord's love, grace, and mercy; and for bringing Carolyn home to enjoy everlasting life with Him.

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To honor Carolyn, in lieu of flowers, please consider memorial contributions to this church.

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