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Interment following funeral service

New Rosemont Cemetery
Monday October 15th, 2018

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Funeral Service

Good Shepherd United Methodist Church
Monday October 15th, 2018

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Joyce E. Gray

Joyce E. (Ash) Gray, age 89, formerly of Bloomsburg, passed away peacefully at the Nazareth Memory Center, Danville, where she and her husband, Harry, resided.

Born in Benton on August 5, 1929, she was a daughter of the late George and Grace (Steinruck) Ash. Her family moved to Bloomsburg during her high school years and she graduated from Bloomsburg High School with the Class of 1947.

A member of Good Shepherd United Methodist Church in Bloomsburg, Joyce worked as the office secretary. Using her talents to serve God, she enjoyed bookkeeping
responsibilities while serving as Financial Secretary. She especially looked forward to the hoagies made by the Church each year.  She also was a member of Bloomsburg Chapter 279, Order of Eastern Star and the Bloomsburg Hospital Auxiliary.

In the 1950’s and 1960’s Joyce worked as a bank teller, waiting on customers at the Main Street  office of  First Columbia Bank & Trust Co. and also at the Market Street branch. In the late 1970’s and 1980’s, Joyce enjoyed interacting with students in the Bloomsburg High School Cafeteria where she worked as cashier.

Joyce enjoyed spending summer evenings sitting on the front porch swing, talking with neighbors, and eating Hi Ho’s. She loved growing flowers, especially the chrysanthemums she and her husband grew for their earlier greenhouse business. In later years she cultivated a new batch of zinnias each year in her backyard.

Joyce was a relentless competitor when it came to playing board games with her children and cards with friends and family.  She participated in a pinochle card club for many years, with couples from Lightstreet and Espy. A birthday celebration wasn’t considered complete unless it included meeting extended family at Perkins for dinner and playing cards.

Joyce was preceded in death by her daughter, Denise McHenry (wife of Keith) and by her brother, Eugene Ash.

She and her husband, Harry G. Gray, observed their 68th wedding anniversary  on July 1, 2018. After raising their two children in Bloomsburg, they eventually moved to the Maria Joseph Continuing Care Community in Danville.

Surviving in addition to her husband, is a son, Ronald  H. Gray, and his wife Dawn, Wayne, PA; two grandchildren:  Jolene, wife of Wes Norton and Kristofer McKeown, and his wife Kayla; two great-granddaughters: Emma and Eland; and a brother, Charles Ash, and his wife Betty, of Middletown.

Funeral services will be held on Monday at 11 a. m. in the Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, 101 E. Fifth Street, Bloomsburg, with her pastor, Audrey M. Brosious officiating. Private interment will be in New Rosemont Cemetery, Espy.  Friends may visit with the family from 10-11 a. m.

In  lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, 101 E. Fifth St., Bloomsburg, Pa 17815.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Dean W. Kriner, Inc., Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 325 Market St., Bloomsburg.


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Our deepest sympathy to Bucky, Ron and Dawn. It is said to be a part of life that there are times of sadness, times of strife, and though we may not understand, still times like this we leave in God's hands. He gives us the strength to bear what is too heavy and we leave it in his care. God Bless

Dick and Carol Martz Oct 21 2018 12:00 AM

I would like to express my deepest sympathy to the family. During this difficult time, God is near to those that are broken at heart, and those who are crushed in spirit He saves.
Psalms 34:18.

D King Oct 17 2018 12:00 AM

Within our hearts are many memories. We will remember Joyce as a real trouper whose husband loved her dearly. She suffered much, but now she is with Jesus and completely healed. Praise the Lord! Buck and Ron and Dawn, your precious loved one is in Glory! " A Sunset on earth is a Sunrise in Heaven". We will miss her! Love you all.

Jim and Donna Gray Oct 15 2018 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Joyce Gray

Brian & Tammy Crawford Oct 12 2018 12:00 AM