TACOMA, Wash. — Kathleen J. Gray, 80, passed away on March 17, 2018. Kathleen (Kathy) was born on May 24, 1937, to Frank and Florence McCaffrey, in Amboy.
Kathleen was a strong woman. Strong in love with her husband of over 55 years, owning and operating a business together for over 30 years. Strong in faith. She attended St. Patrick’s church in Amboy, and for over 30 years at St. John of the Woods in Tacoma. Strong in family. Coming from a family of 14, having eight children and hosting and attending many family gatherings. Strong in humor. She was a published author of humorous short stories. Strong in fun. Nothing wrong with an occasional visit to the casino.
Kathleen attended Mount Saint Clare College in Clinton, Iowa.
Kathleen was predeceased in death by her husband, Robert J. Gray.
Survived by daughters, Deborah Gray, Denise Hall, Valerie Gray and Neeve Gray; son, Robert J. Gray, Jr.; and 13 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by siblings, Bette Johnson, Patrick McCaffrey (Helen), Janet McCaffrey (Joe Veliz), Gene McCaffrey (Mary), Jim McCaffrey, Sharon Blunt, Cheryl Balsam (Don); and numerous nieces and nephews.
Also predeceased in death are Kathleen’s parents, three infant sons, and six siblings.
A Memorial Service was held at 1 p.m., on April 5, 2018, at St. John of the Woods Catholic Church in Tacoma, Wash., with a reception that followed in the church hall. Inurnment at Calvary Cemetery at a later date.
The family would like to thank Dr. Douglas Sorenson of Franciscan Ear, Nose & Throat Associates for the excellent care and compassion he showed to our precious Kathleen. Memorials can be made in Kathleen’s memory to St. John of the Woods Catholic Church, 9903 24th Ave E, Tacoma WA 98445 or the charity of your choice.