Harriet E. (Dugas) Gray, 91, of Fairhaven died peacefully on January 24, 2019 at Alden Court Nursing Care and Rehabilitation Center surrounded by her family.
She was the wife of the late Robert J. Gray.
Harriet was born in Pawtucket, RI, daughter of the late Theodore F. and Harriet (Burns) Dugas. Harriet graduated from St. Xavier’s Academy in Providence, RI and continued her education at Pembroke College an extension of Brown University.
After Harriet and Bob were married, they started their life together in Pawtucket, RI, then moved to Cumberland, RI, followed by Woodcliff Lake, NJ, and finally settled in Raynham, MA where they resided for 30 years. After Bob’s death, Harriet moved to Middleboro, where she lived until her health declined.
First and foremost, Harriet was a wife, mother and homemaker to Bob and their four children. Harriet and Bob enjoyed square dancing for over 30 years. Harriet had many other talents including painting, sewing, needle point, crafting and playing the organ.
They were communicants of St. Anne’s Church in Raynham where Harriet was involved with the Women’s Guild for many years. She also loved her volunteer time at Morton Hospital in Taunton. Harriet and Bob enjoyed solving New York Times crossword puzzles while sitting by the pool or at the beach. They spent many happy times at Second Beach in Newport together with family and friends. She and Bob were fortunate to have traveled to many places around the world throughout their lives.
With all that said, Harriet’s biggest joy, came from spending time with her grandchildren. Her smile lit up the room whenever they were around her.
Survivors include her daughter, Susan Gray Davis of South Pasadena, CA; two sons, Robert Gray of Raynham, MA and Christopher J. and his wife Lisa (Di Monte) Gray of Mattapoisett, MA; five grandchildren, Christopher M. Gray, Justin Gray, Nicholas Gray, Ian Gray, Michael Danielson and several nieces and a nephew.
She was the mother of the late Michael J. Gray and the sister of the late Theodore Dugas and J. Vincent Dugas.
The family wishes to thank the staff, CNAs and nurses on the Whitfield Unit at Alden Court for their compassionate and quality care for the last five years. Harriet will forever be remembered on the Whitfield unit for her Palm Beach Attire and her quick wit which she delivered with a roll of her eyes and wave of her hand.
Harriet, Mum, Nana will be greatly missed by her loving family.
Visiting hours will be held on Saturday, February 2nd from 11 am -2 pm followed by a Catholic prayer service at the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Rt. 6, Mattapoisett, MA.
In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to Beacon Hospice, 182 N. Main St., Fall River, MA 02720.
For directions and guestbook, please visit www.saundersdwyer.com.