2018-03-13 / Obituaries

Sarah E. Gray

Sarah E. Gray, 84, of Walton, passed away on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at Roscoe Community Nursing Home, following a long illness. Sarah was born on March 18, 1933, in Downsville, the daughter of the late Guy and Esther Gray.

Sarah worked as a nurse’s aide at the Roscoe Nursing Home for many years. She had many fond memories of growing up on the family farm living a simpler life. She was more than happy to sit down and share them with anyone who would listen. In her spare time she enjoyed reading murder mystery novels by James Patterson. She also enjoyed completing variety puzzles. One of her favorite pastimes was to listen to her collection of countrywestern vinyl, some of her favorites being Roy Acuff, Gene Autry and Kitty Wells.

Sarah is survived by her loving family, her nephew, Dakota Gray of Walton; nieces, MacKenzie Gray of Walton; Ann Lezer of Walton; adopted son, Guy Gray of Syracuse, sisters, Nina Wilcox of Dover Plains; Katherine Cardillo of Slate Hill; and Norma Wilms of Ogdensburg. She was predeceased by her brothers, Roy, Harvey, David, Richard, Merritt, Danny and Stanley, and sister, Kate.

“I just want to say, Thank you Aunt Sarah. Thank you for showing us what it means to be strong. What it means to love someone unconditionally. What it means to dedicate your life to helping anyone in need. I want to thank you for spending long winter days listening to country-western records like Gene Autry with us. The crackle and pop of a dusty record with a slow steel guitar will always be one of my favorite memories. You will never know how much your stories of growing up on the farm will mean to everyone. We will miss how you were always full of piss and vinegar, ready to bust anyone’s chops at a moment’s notice. We will miss your smile, your laughter and most importantly, we will miss you. Just as Roy Acuff sang, “She is spreading her wings for a journey, She’s going to leave by and by, When the trumpet shall sound in the morning, She’ll rise and go up in the sky.” See you later, Great Speckled bird.”

Friends and relatives were invited to call Thursday evening, March 8, at the Courtney Funeral home, Walton.

Memorial Contributions in Sarah’s memory may be made to Heart of the Catskills Humane Society, P.O. Box 88, Delhi, NY 13753.

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