July 31, 1934 ~ February 11, 2009
Nancy Gray, most beloved wife, mother and grandmother died on February 11 after a sudden diagnosis of liver cancer. She was 74.
Lovingly devoted to her family, Nancy will be remembered for her generosity of spirit, exuberant love of life, great sense of humor and candor that garnered her friends and surrogate sons and daughters wherever she went.
Born on July 31, 1934 in Downey, CA, to Walter Garner Smith and Lucille Stell, Nancy grew up in Newhall where as a young girl she enjoyed riding horses. She met her husband, Edmund R. Gray, while working at UCLA. They lived in Baton Rouge, LA for 21 years where Ed was a professor of management at Louisiana State University. In 1986 she and her family returned to Southern California when Ed began teaching at Loyola Marymount University.
Throughout her life, Nancy was active with civic, political and arts organizations and rose to leadership positions in just about every group she joined. In her early twenties, she worked in the Los Angeles headquarters of President John F. Kennedy's campaign. In Louisiana she was president of the Baton Rouge Symphony League, president of LSU Campus Club, and worked with the University Laboratory School's Mom's Club, Fish, and Meals on Wheels. She was a member of Eastern Star and the White Shrine.
After returning to Los Angeles, Nancy served as a docent for the Banning Museum. She then joined the Music Center Education Guild where she loved working with the Spotlight Awards and all of the Music Center's programs for children and families. She served as president of the Education Guild from 2001 to 2002. She was also a very active member of PEO, Chapter QB.
Nancy's other passion besides her family and volunteerism was traveling. Through Ed's work she had the opportunity to travel all over the world. She visited-and made friends-on every continent, but Africa was her favorite destination. She said it was a magical place that stayed with her always.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by three daughters: Robyn Fox of Los Angeles, Susan Addison (Don) of Springfield, MO, and Kelly Gray-Singleton (Kevin) of Glendale; two grandsons: Jeremy Booker (Nibal) of Los Angeles and Alexander Gray Singleton of Glendale; two granddaughters: Jessica Addison of San Diego, Jennifer Addison of Springfield, MO; and her many dear friends near and far.
Because of Nancy's strong belief in the importance of arts education for children, donations may be made to the Music Center Education Division, 135 N. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012.
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