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Barbara J. Gray

Barbara J. Gray, age 78 of Thurston, went to be with her Lord on April 13, 2020, at the Pickering House. She was born to the late George and Jennie Gurile on Sept. 23rd, 1941. She was a member of the Fairfield Baptist Church who wrote for the newspaper and the church. She volunteered with the youth group, baked amazing pies, enjoyed reading, and loved spending time with her family. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Barb is survived by her husband, Joseph Carl Gray; children, Joseph (Carolyn) Gray, Tommy (Jean Kracker) Gray, Nicole (Tom) Martin, and Andy (Kim) Gray; sister, Susan Gurile; daughter-in-law, Jodi Popper; 10 grandchildren; several great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her son, Timothy Gray; and siblings, Harold, Wallace, Everett, and Eula.
A funeral service through the Johnson-Smith Funeral Home was held April 18, 2020, at the Fairfield Baptist Church in Thurston officiated by her son, Deacon Joseph Gray. Burial followed the service at the church cemetery. Online condolences can be made at

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