Nancy Gray

ATHOL — On Tuesday, June 27, 2017, at noon, a graveside service will be held at Silver Lake Cemetery for Nancy (Ward) Gray, who died on Feb. 9.

Arrangements are in the care of Higgins-O’Connor Funeral Home, 146 Main St., Athol.

ATHOL — Nancy (Ward) Gray, 92, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017.

Born Sept. 15, 1924, in Athol, she was the daughter of Ralph and Margaret (Hill) Ward. She was a lifetime resident of Athol.

Nancy was employed as a nurse at area nursing homes, prior to joining Athol Memorial Hospital as a pediatric nurse. After 25 years with the hospital, which she described as the best years of her professional life, she retired in 1982. Nancy continued to volunteer at the blood pressure clinic. As a member of the Athol Congregational Church, she was active with the church suppers and the annual country fair. She was also an active member of the Hospital Auxiliary and the Athol Women’s Club.

Nancy is survived by her son, Douglas and his wife Marsha of East Longmeadow; daughters, Peggyann Smith of Athol, and Margery Kench and her husband Randolph of East Wakefield, N.H., and Boynton Beach, Fla. She also leaves five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, and her sister, Barbara Aldrich of Glenview, Ill.

A graveside service will be held in the spring.

In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the Athol Congregational Church, “Book of Memory” 1225 Chestnut St., Athol, MA 01331

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Arrangements are in the care of Higgins-O’Connor Funeral Home, 146 Main St., Athol, MA 01331.


Dear Family  - Doug, Peggy and Margery,Our hearts are saddened to learn of mother's passing, but our minds are overflowing with heartfelt memories/smiles  of times shared together. She was the heartbeat of our llives during the years we lived side by side on Lenox street -  she was a confident and caring woman,  a big sister, a grandmother/aunt to John and Josh, a love and a legacy to all who knew her. She ministered to and touched the hearts of many families during her time of compassionate caregiving. Her spirit was sweet and gentle and strong and enduring.Who can forget her culinary gifts of candmaking and hermit cookies at church fairs....her love and laughter over a cup of tea!The heavens rejooice in welcoming her home to eternal rest - may God keep you all in His care during this time of sorrow and saddness and bless you with the knowledge of her life well-spent.With prayerful hearts of Love, - The Neumeyer FamilyDespo and TomJohn and Josh

Thank you so much for what you wrote. You described my nana so beautifully and honestly. I remember swimming in your pool as a kid. Hope you are all well. Kelly (Doug's daughter)

Both my father and I responded can you please let us know if you got it? It doesn't show anything was sent.Thank you,Kelly

   Dear Peggann,Marjorie and Doug, and family,My deepest sypathy  to you all during this difficult time.Your mother was a wonderful woman,full of strength and goodness.I have so many fond memories of time spent at your house and at Packards.I also was lucky enough to work with your mother as well.She was great wth those kids in Pediatrics.!! My thoughts are with you.Fondly,Marie 

To Doug, Peggy and MarjorieWe are very sorry to learn about the loss of your Mom.  Please accept our condolences.Sincerely,Rocky and Leanne Stone    

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