Shirley R. Gray 05/16/2022

Shirley R. Gray

Shirley R. Gray, 92 of Massena and formerly of Canton, died on May 16,2022 at Massena Hospital. There will be a Celebration of Life at a later date. Shirley is survived by her daughters, Deborah Gray of New York City, NY, Denise Gray of La Jolla, CA, “several nieces and nephews, and many grand- and great-nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her sisters, Doreen Rotundo, Eva Mousaw and Grace Cinanni, and her brother Roy Red Paro. She was born on July 9,1929 to the late Roy and Alice Sharpstene Paro.  Shirley married R. Vernon Gray on December 20,1948, he predeceased her in 1965.  She graduated from Canton High School and also graduated from Ogdensburg Business School. Early in her career she worked as an operator for New York Telephone in Potsdam and then was a clerk for St. Lawrence County until her retirement in 1994. Shirley was a member of CSEA, and the Ackwesasne Senior Citizen Club.  She loved to play piano, make jig saw puzzles, exercise and going out to lunch with her friends.   Contributions in lieu of flowers can be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley.

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  1. Denise, Deb and families,

    I am truly sorry for your loss, your mom looked amazing.
    Thoughts & prayers are with you.


  2. I am truly sorry for your loss. I enjoyed Shirley’s company. We spent many days wondering the North Country together. She was a very nice lady.

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