Anne Reed Gray, 86, St. Joseph, MO

Anne Reed Gray, 86, St. Joseph, MO

Anne Reed Gray, 86, St. Joseph, Missouri died Monday, January 13, 2014 at a local healthcare facility.

Anne Reed Gray, 86, St. Joseph, Missouri died Monday, January 13, 2014 at a local healthcare facility.

She was born July 28, 1927 to Elliott Newton Reed and Mary Ewing Reed in Hartboro, Pennsylvania.

She married Joseph L. Gray on April 12, 1947 at Saint Joseph Cathedral by Monsignor Ruggle. In 1952 she and Joe co-founded Gray Manufacturing with his father Joseph Herman Gray. She was most proud of her marriage of 66 years. Together they raised eight children. Anne was a very dedicated wife and loving mother.

Anne was a volunteer for League of Women Voters where she worked on the Public Accommodations Bill to secure the equal rights in Saint Joseph, Cathedral PTA council and served as president for one year, and was active in Audubon. She also volunteered at Squaw Creek as a docent to with Joe and hosted Audubon bird counts at her home on Sanctuary Trail. She was a church librarian at First Presbyterian Church, a Patron of the Saint Joseph Symphony, Allied Arts Council, Performing Arts and Missouri Western College. She was also a Meals on Wheels and Food Kitchen volunteer.

She organized and painted murals for Patee Hall, Noyes Home, and UCP for the children. She was also a volunteer with the Panel of American Women, National organization of Women (N.O.W.) and hosted the initial fundraiser for the Watchtower at Missouri Western.

With local artists, Mrs. Gray also painted murals at St. Joseph’s Interview Center at Noyes Home, Patee Hall’s Youth Health Center Playroom, United Cerebral Palsy and Albert Kost’s mural design for the Junior College Conference Room at Missouri Western State College.

Her hobbies included:

Boating with Joseph. They boated in Atlantic, Pacific and Gulf of Mexico. Hit every major river from the Columbia to the Hudson, up the Champlaine Canal to Lake Champlaine, Inland Waterways on the West Coast and along both coasts of Florida and several of the great lakes.

Painting. She had over forty-two hours of credits at Missouri Western (mostly painting). After the age of 50, she took lessons from Al Kost, Cheryl Symonis and Elenore Thomas with her friends. She painted as a professional Artist and participated in art shows and won many awards for her work.

Traveling all of the states in the United States except Maine. Antarctica, Falkland Islands, Hawaii, numerous European countries, Alaska, Canada, Siberia, and the Commander Islands, The North Sea, Japan and South Korea, Mexico, Six Countries in Central America, The Galapagos Islands, The Windward Islands. She was a member of the Western Gateway Questers Club Chapter #1066.

Reading Book Clubs and Poetry

Tennis, Bridge and Board Games

She loved jigsaw puzzles and always hid the last piece for herself. She took water Aerobics at the YMCA

She was the last survivor of “the Jolly Girls,” a close circle of girlfriends met regularly and grew from young mothers to grandmothers. Also called “Fertile Myrtles” and “Menopausal-Minnies.”

She was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters and their husbands, Mary Lina Luddy, Phyllis Feeney and Doris Barton; and daughter-in-law, Laurie Gray (Paul).

Survivors: 8 children, 10 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren

Pete Gray (Staci), their three sons, Zachary, Alec and Mitchell; Reed Gray, Eugene, Oregon, and daughter, Ellen Gray; Jo Anne Grey (Marty), St. Joseph, Missouri; their three daughters, Alexis Grey Christensen (Bill), Kirkland, Washington; two sons, Toren and Finn; Alison Welch (Dave); three sons, Oliver, Gus and Geno Smith; Laura Kenny (Sean), York, Pennsylvania; Laura Dunn (RG), Liberty, Missouri; Paul Gray, Lorida, Florida; Mark C. Gray, Paola, Kansas; three children, Sky Gray (Chelsea), Gardner, Kansas, Phoebe Gray, Overland Park, Kansas and Kai Gray, St. Joseph, Missouri; Matt Gray, Columbia, Missouri; and Susie and Richard Mastio, Laramie, Wyoming.

Services:  10:00 A.M. Saturday, First Presbyterian Church. For those wishing to make a contribution, the family requests they be made to MWSU Scholarship Fund or a charity of the donor’s choice. Online guest book and obituary at

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