Cova Iris Dooley Gray passed away peacefully Friday, May 17, 2013, at her home in Blue Ridge. She was born Wednesday, April 1, 1925, and was preceded in death by her husband, James G. Gray Sr. Immediate survivors include her son, James Gray Jr., of Bethesda, Md., and Blue Ridge; daughter, Barbara Byrd and husband, Gary, of Richmond; daughter, Shirley Gray, of Blue Ridge; son, Robert Gray of Blue Ridge. She always expressed great pride in her children and leaves behind a memorial of beautiful gardens she created for them. Also surviving are two grandchildren and six great-grandchildren as well as four brothers and one sister. Mrs. Gray retired from Rubatex Corp. and proudly worked at several jobs until age 75. A funeral service will be held 3 p.m. Sunday, May 19, 2013, at Updike Funeral Chapel, Bedford. Friends may pay their last respects from 1 until 3 p.m. preceding the service. Interment will be in the family gravesite at Montvale Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Montvale. Arrangements are being handled by Updike Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Bedford.
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