ELIZABETHTOWN - Irene D. Gray, 87, passed away on Nov. 29, 2012, at the Horace Nye Home in Elizabethtown. Irene had been a resident of Greenwood Apartments in Lake Placid before moving to Horace Nye in September 2008.
Born on May 22, 1925, in Schenectady to Leo and Nora Hinch, Irene graduated from Mont Pleasant High School in Schenectady. She and her husband, Edward F. Gray, were married Aug. 7, 1948, at St. Columba's Church in Schenectady. Irene worked as a secretary at the Scotia Naval Depot and G.E. prior to motherhood and was a homemaker thereafter.
Upon Ed's retirement, Irene and Ed moved to Wells, where she became very active in local organizations. She was a past president of the St. Ann's Altar Society, a member of the Wells Improvement Group and a longtime president of the Well's Senior Citizens Club. She and Ed were named Hamilton County Senior Citizens of the Year in 1991. She enjoyed gardening and feeding the deer, wild turkeys and birds that visited their home. They moved to Lake Placid in fall of 2006.
Irene was predeceased by her parents, her husband Ed in November 2011, her son Michael in 1998 and her brother Harold in 1990.
She is survived by her daughter, Donna Gray of Lake Placid; Michael's two sons: Brad Smith of West Haven, Utah, and Conor Gray of Steamboat Springs, Colo.; her niece, Linda (Luke) Mayer of Alexandria, Va.; nephew, David Hinch of Rockville, Md.; and her wonderful adoptive family - the caring staff at the Horace Nye Nursing Home in Elizabethtown. She had a smile for everyone; Alzheimer's couldn't rob her of that.
Irene made arrangements 20 years ago with the Anatomical Gift Program of Albany Medical College, and her wish is fulfilled.
Friends wishing to remember Irene may do so by making contributions to Alzheimer's Foundation of America, 322 Eight Ave., 7th fl., New York, NY 10001, or Lake Placid Volunteer Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 107, Lake Placid, NY 12946, or a charity of their choice.