Jeanine H Gray 92 years
March 18, 1931 – March 23, 2023
Born in Lehi, Utah to Martell & Helen Hutchings with older brother, Glen.
Raised in Lehi, Utah, Jeanine moved to California with her family in 1945 at age 14, where she started a successful baby sitting service. In 1947 she bought a bus ticket back to Lehi to live with her Grandparents (Calton) where she finished her junior and senior years at Lehi High School. Upon graduating in 1949, she moved to live with her Aunt Edith in Salt Lake City and attend LDS Business College while working at the Capitol Theater. Later that year, she followed her high school sweetheart, Vern Gray, to Elizabethtown, Essex, New York, where Vern was working as a lumberjack. They were married January 16, 1950 by the LDS Missionaries and later sealed in the LDS Temple on March 18, 1960.
A loving and devoted mother & wife, Jeanine raised a family of seven children. She worked hard to complete her degree and graduated from Brigham Young University as a genealogist in May of 1969, and later became certified as an accredited genealogist specializing in English research. Her education and business skills served her well. She worked as a bookkeeper in accounts payable for Provo Craft and the Bromley Egg Plant. She managed the greenbelt certifications for the family farm and her husband’s welding business, Vern Gray QC1 Welding Inspector, LLC.
Jeanine is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. She is a woman of great faith and of strong Pioneer heritage who served diligently when called upon. She especially enjoyed serving within the Relief Society, as a Blazer Scout Leader, and as a Temple worker alongside Vern.
When her dear husband passed in March of 2018, she moved to McCordsville, Indiana to live with her daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Dennis Brown. She was welcomed with open arms, and Karen and Dennis’s family were delighted to have Grandma Gray so close. She was well taken care of and fiercely loved. Every time we spoke with her on the phone, she would happily say, “I’m spoiled rotten, and I don’t have to cook”.
Mother was so charitable and kind, to know her was to love her.
Jeanine is the last of her family of origin. She is preceded in passing by her daughters Rosemary and Esther and her husband Vern.
Jeanine will be interred at the Lehi, Utah cemetery on May 5, 2023.