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Hildegarde Margraf Gray

December 27, 1926 March 1, 2019
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Hildegarde Margraf Gray, 92, of Branchburg, NJ, passed away peacefully on March 1, 2019, at RWJ University Hospital Somerset in Somerville, NJ. Born in Philadelphia, PA, she was a resident of Lynchburg, VA for over 40 years before moving to Branchburg six and a half years ago.

Hildegarde worked as a Church Secretary and Bookkeeper for several decades for Calvary Baptist Church in Lynchburg, retiring in 1991. She was a very active member in the church: long-term member of the choir, Church pianist, teacher at Daily Vacation Bible School, and member of their JOY Group.

During her their youth, she was a Cub Scouts Den Mother for each of her sons and later shepherded them through their many years of Boy Scouts membership.
She was a lifelong avid reader and gardener, loved various crafting activities, especially antiquing and hand decorating furniture, embroidery, needlepoint, knitting, and upholstery. Her greatest joy was spending quality time with her family, especially her two grandchildren, Samantha and Jennifer. She will be tremendously missed by all who knew and loved her.

She is preceded in death by her beloved husband of 62 years, John D. Gray (2009); her parents, Caroline and Ernst Margraf; two brothers, Arthur and Richard Margraf; and sister, Caroline Pickett.

Surviving are her three loving sons, Andrew J. of Lynchburg, VA; Timothy P. of Waterbury, VT; Jeffrey D. of Branchburg, NJ; beloved daughters-in-law Brenda and Susan; cherished grandchildren, Samantha and Jennifer; and many special nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at Calvary Baptist Church, Lynchburg, VA, at a date to be announced.

Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to the Calvary Baptist Church, 20957 Timberlake Road, Lynchburg, VA, 24502.


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