Wicklow People (Arklow) - - NEWS - JULIE GRAY – AN AP­PRE­CI­A­TION

THE fam­ily, friends and com­mu­ni­ties in Arklow and in War­saw, Vir­ginia, USA are griev­ing the pass­ing of Julie Gray (née Gan­non) who went to be with her Lord on June 7 at her home in Vir­ginia, USA, sur­rounded by her lov­ing fam­ily and friends.

Julie gave her life to car­ing for oth­ers.

She was com­pas­sion­ate and wise, al­ways will­ing to come along­side and pro­vide sup­port.

She was de­ter­mined and ca­pa­ble, with a ‘can do’ at­ti­tude all based on her unwavering faith in Je­sus Christ who was her rock and strength.

This, com­bined with her quick wit and warm smile, en­deared her to all who knew her.

Born Novem­ber 1968 she grew up with her fam­ily at 13 Pearse Ter­race, Wex­ford Road in Arklow.

She was the daugh­ter of James (Shamie) Gan­non and Sarah (Sally) Gan­non (née Maloney) and the sis­ter of Brigitte (Bebe), Jimmy, An­nette,

Denise, Me­lanie and Stephanie and half-sis­ter of Pa­tri­cia. Julie is pre-de­ceased by her fa­ther, who died last De­cem­ber.

Julie at­tended St Michael’s pri­mary school and St Mary’s Col­lege in Arklow, where she is re­mem­bered as a great ath­lete and an ex­cel­lent hockey player who was ad­mired and feared in equal mea­sure by her team mates.

How­ever, it was gym­nas­tics that she loved most and ulti- mately pur­sued in col­lege.

This led to her trav­el­ling to At­lanta in the USA in 1988 as a leader in a camp as a sum­mer job. It was there she met her won­der­ful friends Florence and Brian Brown. Through them she came to know, and ul­ti­mately marry, her hus­band of 25 years, John Gray of Tennessee, an elec­tron­ics engi­neer.

Julie and John mar­ried in 1991 and set up home in War­saw County in Vir­ginia, where they es­tab­lished a small farm on which they raised or­ganic crops and live­stock for their fam­ily. They were blessed with five won­der­ful chil­dren – Nathan, Jonathan, Ja­cob, Emma and Katie – and daugh­ter-in­law Alexan­dra, who joined the fam­ily days be­fore Julie’s un­timely death.

Julie trained as a nurse and mid­wife and prac­ticed in Vir­ginia where many a baby took their first breath in her lov­ing care.

She also some­how man­aged to be a home-school mother and ed­u­cated all her chil­dren, three of whom are cur­rently ex­celling in col­lege.

She was ac­tive in the lo­cal home-school­ing group and as- sisted many other par­ents to do like­wise.

Julie es­tab­lished a tea-room in her home where she hosted and loved her many friends and put the world to rights. Her many friends at­tribute their san­ity to the after­noons spent in Julie’s tea rooms where her faith, her sense of hu­mour and her wis­dom came into its own! She loved mu­sic, danc­ing and singing and her chil­dren have in­her­ited these won­der­ful at­tributes.

Julie also loved to travel, to Paris and France in par­tic­u­lar. She loved her na­tive Ire­land and of­ten made trips home.

She was laid to rest fol­low­ing an in­ti­mate pri­vate cer­e­mony in War­saw, Vir­ginia on June 9. Julie was dearly loved and is greatly missed by her fam­ily and many friends.

A me­mo­rial ser­vice to cel­e­brate her life will be held in The Bridge Chris­tian Com­mu­nity Church, Wex­ford Road, Arklow on Satur­day, Au­gust 12, at 6 p.m. with re­fresh­ments pro­vided af­ter­wards. All are wel­come.

Ar dheis lamh Dé go raibh a hanam dilis.


The late Julie Gray.

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