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GRAY, Cora

GRAY, Cora

It is with profound sadness and with broken hearts the family of Cora Elizabeth Gray announce her passing on Thursday, April 26, 2018. She passed away peacefully at the age of 90 in Kelowna General Hospital with her daughter Diane at her bedside.Cora was by predeceased by her loving husband, Ronald (Bud) in 2012.
She loved her family above all else. Cora is survived by her son David (Lynne), daughter Diane Dalsvaag (Allan) and son Ernie (Merri-Ann). Six grandchildren, Julie (Devin) Rubadeau, James (Emma) Dalsvaag, Michele (Mark) Pedersen, Angela (Mike) Artuso, Laura (Ben) Postlethwaite & Dan (Julie) Gray. Nine great-grandchildren Ryan & Tyler Rubadeau, Logan & Darcy Pedersen, Winston & Oskar Dalsvaag, Jack Artuso, Willem & Henrik Postlethwaite.
Cora was a long standing member of the Western Institute for the Deaf and was President of the Vancouver Association for the Deaf for many years. Cora was a very dedicated and hard working member of the deaf community. She was always ready to help teach and encouraged anyone who was interested in learning sign language. She started “Happy hands” in Vancouver where her deaf friends gathered for lunch and played card games. She certainly enjoyed the camaraderie of all her deaf friends especially when they had a surprise 90th Birthday Party for her. Cora was a very kind and special lady with a great sense of humour.
Living in Vancouver, Burnaby, White Rock, Kelowna, then to Hawthorn Park Retirement Home in Kelowna Cora & Ron met many new friends. The family would like to thank Dr. Schriemer, Dr. Jones, Dr. Notting and the staff at KGH 4 East for the care and compassion during her stay.
At Cora’s request there will not be a funeral service. Following cremation, a celebration of life will be held at Hawthorn Park Retirement Residence, 867 KLO Road, Kelowna, BC on Saturday, May 12, 2018 from 2-6pm. Donations in Cora’s memory may be sent to the Western Institute for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, 2125 West 7th Avenue, Vancouver, BC V6K 1X9.
Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.firstmemorialfuneralkelowna.com Arrangements entrusted to First Memorial Funeral Services, Kelowna, BC 250-762-2299.


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Condolence Messages
  • May 15, 2018
    Sorry to hear about your beloved Cora that passed away. I used to sit by her at Oingo game night that was great memories. Also I remembered that David, my boyfriend and I went see her to visit her in hospital and her place. We will missed her. Now she is in peace and with her sweet husband Ron. Will always remembered her smile and kindness.
    Tami Ross and David Wirch
  • May 01, 2018
    To Diane, David & Ernie family. We could not be without Cora as we visited Cora for 12 years and we are really going to miss her. She had a good long life. It's time for her to go see Ron in heaven. Will always miss her. She is a very great lady. Love Jerome & Carla
  • Apr 30, 2018
    So sorry to hear of Cora's passing. We got to know her while taking her to church for the signing service. She was so happy to go and signed all the hymns that were sung. We loved her beautiful smile and up beat manner. She will be sadly missed.
    Marilyn & Pete Fedak
  • Apr 30, 2018
    Dear Diane and family:
    I loved Cora very much. She was my Deaf "Mom". We shared many wonderful times together, she was a bright light in the Deaf Community, in Hawthorne Park and in my life. I will miss her, but know she's dancing with Ron, her one and only love, now. My love and prayers are with you all, Marie Clarke
  • Apr 30, 2018
    So sorry to hear of your Cora's passing. She was a lovely woman with a great sense of humor.
    My thoughts are with you at this time,
    Judy WIlson
  • Apr 29, 2018
    We are so sorry for your loss.
    Grandma Cora had a joy for life that she shared with all of those that she met.
    May your happy memories support you when you are feeling low.
    Sincere Condolences from Tracey, Brett, Emily & Joey Coupal
  • Apr 29, 2018
    We are so sorry to hear of Cora's passing - we had the blessing of getting to know her just recently while she was in care at Cottonwoods and shared a room with our mom. Our thoughts are with you . Heike Mackriss & family
  • Apr 28, 2018
    We are sad with you Diane! I wish we'd known your Mom better! I always find out so much about a person after they're gone. Now your parents are together once again and resting peacefully. Our thoughts are with you, Al and the entire family.
    Brenda and Gord.
  • Apr 28, 2018
    I had the privilege of chatting with her on FaceTime every week for a year when she called my office at WIDHH. Then I paid her a visit on April 15th as her wish was to meet me in person because she loved that we had the same last name and my grandmother's sister name was Cora.
    A very very lovely woman. I am honoured to know her albeit a short time.
    Tammy
  • Apr 28, 2018
    Diane, Allan and family, so very sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. I'm sure she will missed dearly.
    Sincerely,
    Sharon Davis
  • Apr 27, 2018
    My condolences to the entire family, Rest In Peace Cora.
    From Juliet.
  • Apr 27, 2018
    Holy smokes, she was a grand lady. I had the chance to meet her and laugh with her, sorry for your loss and sorry to hear about dad, I didn't find out until now. Heaven has two angels looking down at you and being watchful of you and your family. Dennis
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