ELIZABETH ‘BETTY’ WRY GRAY

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ENOSBURG FALLS — Elizabeth “Betty” Wry Gray passed away on Feb. 10, 2014 after a short illness.  Betty was born Oct. 3, 1921 in St. Albans.  She was the oldest child of Walter E. Wry and Bertha Kennedy Wry.  She graduated from St. Mary’s High School.  Betty married John T. Gray on July 13, 1941.

She was an army wife and travelled the world supportive of her husband and raising her family.  In 1962, upon army retirement, she moved to Enosburg Falls, and more recently made her home at Our Lady of the Meadows in Richford.  Betty continued to be a supporting wife and mother through the years as her husband began a career working for the State of Vermont.  She was a beautiful, intelligent and talented woman.  She was personally interested in knitting, spending time with her children and grandchildren, watching sports games, and playing cards with many card clubs around Enosburg.  Betty was a member of St. Anne’s Society and the American Legion Auxiliary.  She was a deeply religious person with a deep devotion to the Blessed Mary and St. Jude.

Betty is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law: Susan and Alan Vaillancourt of West Enosburgh; Judith and Robert Baird of St. Johnsbury; and Karen and Gary Jacobs of Essex Jct.  She is survived by 10 grandchildren and their spouses:  Lisa Vaillancourt and Terri Williams of Seattle, Wash.; Michelle and Anthony Lussier of Berkshire; James and Jody Vaillancourt of West Enosburgh; Carrie and David Garfinkle of Nashville, Tenn.; Matthew Vaillancourt of Deland, Fla./Enosburgh, Vt.; Julie and James Ryan of Merrill, Mich.; Diana and Doug Nelson of Redondo Beach, Calif.; Joshua and Vanessa Baird of Wellesley, Mass.; Amy Baird Wessel and Jesse Wessel, of Blue Hill, Maine; and Daniel and Christine Jacobs of Hinesburg.  She is also survived by 19 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.  She is survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins, a special niece, Colleen Hickey of South Hero, and her sisters-in-law, Carol Wry of Swanton, and Marjorie Villa, of St. Albans.

She was predeceased by her husband, Lt. Col. John T. Gray, her sister and brother-in- law Barbara and James Hickey, her brother Walter “Bud” Wry, and nephew Patrick Hickey.

Betty’s family wish to thank the staff at Our Lady of the Meadows for the wonderful care provided to Betty over the last several months.

In keeping with Betty’s wishes, there will be no calling hours.  A funeral service will be held on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014 at 11 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 222 Missisquoi St., Enosburg, VT, with Rev. Roger Charbonneau celebrating the Mass of Christian burial. Interment will follow in St. John the Baptist Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, P.O. Box 563, Enosburg Falls, VT 05450 or to the Carmelite Monastery, 89 Hiddenbrooke Drive, Beacon, N.Y., 12508.

Messages of condolence may be sent to Betty’s family on-line through www.spearsfuneralhome.com.