Marion A. Gray quietly passed away Thursday, July 25, 2019 in Kalamazoo.
She was born January 2, 1926 in Kalamazoo, the daughter of Ralph and Marguerite Ritsema. She attended the Washington Square Schools and graduated from Kalamazoo Central H.S. in 1944. She married Donald T. Gray on November 1, 1946, who preceded her in death in 2001.
She had an active life working as a medical assistant for several area physicians and spent much of her time with community activities such as president of the Liberty Street PTA, founder of the Liberty Street 4-H club and a long standing member of the Alamo Community Congregational Church.
She loved square dancing and playing cards especially Pinochle. She had a lifelong passion for music starting in her childhood and she passed that along to her children and grandchildren as well. Her life was devoted to faith, family and friends.
She is survived by her children, Sharon Permenter of Kalamazoo, Michael (Denise) Gray of Kalamazoo, Douglas ( Gail) Gray of Farmington Hills, Denise (Bill) Coe of Kalamazoo and Dale Gray of Kalamazoo; very special nephew, Gerald LeMahieu of Kalamazoo; 5 grandchildren, Amy (Joel) Bosscher, Jarrod Permenter, Kerra & Kyleen Gray and Brian (Kristen) Gray and 2 great-grandchildren, Ella Osborne and Boston Gray.
She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents and her siblings Madelyn Pittman and Duane Ritsema.
In accordance with her wishes cremation has taken place.
A memorial service will be held at 3:00 P.M., Sunday, August 11, 2019 at the Kiva Auditorium at Friendship Village.
Those desiring may make memorial contributions to Friendship Village or Alamo Community Congregational Church.
Messages of condolence may be made at www.winkelfuneralhome.com.