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Barbara Gray



May 14, 1932 – Aug. 3, 2013

Barbara Jean Gray, 81, died at home after a long battle with illness. She went peacefully in her sleep with family by her side.

She was born in Portland, Ore .; the only child of Victor Louis Metzger and Vera A. Jaques. She studied at the University of Washington, and married Charles L. Gray of Wasco, Ore., on Feb. 21, 1951. They lived in Echo, Ore., Wasco, Ore., and Moro, Ore., but spent most of their lives on the family farm near Wasco, and moved to The Dalles in 2008.

Barbara was very active in the community. She was a member of the Wasco Methodist Church and active in the choir, as she loved music. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star, and was Mother Advisor for Rainbow Girls in Sherman County. She was a 4-H leader for over 30 years in both sewing and cooking, and she was a fair judge in subsequent years. She was a strong advocate for children, and was instrumental in the development of the CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) program both locally and statewide. She was also a Master Gardner, and her love of plants and flowers stayed with her throughout her life.

Barbara loved her family, and instilled in her children the belief that their horizons should not be limited. She encouraged their various interests, and provided smiles and laughter throughout their lives. She also loved animals, and they were a big part of her life. She was frequently rescuing something and bringing it home, nursing it back to health, and it often became a part of the household.

Barbara is survived by her husband of 62 years, Les, daughters Cheryl Woods and her husband Mike of Centerville, Wash., and Rolinda (Lynna) Meakins and her husband Robert of Hermiston, Ore .; son Brett Gray and his wife Trena of Wasco, Ore .; grandchildren Kate Woods of Washington, D.C., Scott and Jaime Meakins of Irrigon, Ore., Michelle Stellflug and her husband Bob of Richland, Wash., Katrina Marshall Cooper and her husband Ash of Senlac, Saskatchewan, Eric and Renate Meakins of Irrigon, Ore., Tiffany Tillman and her husband Travis of Soldotna, Alaska, and Brooke Gray of Boston, Mass .; and great-grandchildren Bryan Meakins, Ian Meakins and Declan Meakins.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Victor and Vera Metzger and by great-grandson Hayden Meakins.

A memorial was held at the Wasco Methodist Church on Friday, Aug. 9, 2013..

In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations to the Heart of Hospice (2621 Wasco Ave, Hood River, OR 97031) or the Columbia Gorge CASA (CGCASA, PO Box 663, Hood River, OR 97031).


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