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Arley Jean Gray


January 8, 2020

Arley Jean Gray, 84, a resident of Goldendale, passed away on Dec. 27, 2019.

She was born April 19, 1935, in Ferndale, Washington, to Harley and Edna Virginia (Daisy) Brock Barton. Her name was given to her in honor of Harley's twin sister, Arley Barton Watkins. She was the second child in the family with an older sister Helen and was later joined by twins, brother Ronald and sister Dona.

She attended elementary school in Ferndale, Washington, and when in the sixth grade relocated to Centerville. After completing grade school in Centerville, she went on to high school in Goldendale.

Walking one day to her home in Centerville, she was offered a ride by Harold Gray. She later married Harold, and from that union five children were born. Arley was very active in the startup of Jaycee Wives and worked on several community service projects including the original playground equipment at the World War II park. She worked in food service at Goldendale School District for many years until retirement and was known for her great cooking and homemade rolls.

Her husband, Harold, granddaughter Kasi, two sisters Helen Olson, and Dona Jerez, and parents preceded her in death.

Survivors include daughters, Linda Gray-Carter, Pamela Reed (Stephen), D. Scott Gray (Felicia), DeAnn Gray, and Travis Gray (Erin), all of Goldendale; grandsons Skylar Gray, Matthew Gray, and Jacob Gray, all of Goldendale; and Cameron Carter of Vancouver, Washington; granddaughters Shelby Carter, Tri-Cities, Washington, and Sienna Gray of Goldendale.

A funeral service was held Saturday, Jan. 4, at 1 p.m. at New Life Assembly of God, with Pastor Kevin Gerchak officiating. A private interment was at Centerville Cemetery.


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