Althea M. Gray

BAR HARBOR - Althea M. Gray, 86, died Jan. 2, 2013, at a Bar Harbor health care facility. She was born May 2, 1926, in Seal Harbor, the daughter of Alton and Nina (Pinkham) Gray.

Althea graduated from Bar Harbor High School, where she met Samuel Gray Jr. and they were married Oct. 29, 1941. She worked in the histology department of Jackson Laboratory for more than 30 years. Althea liked to go camping and travel around the United States. She enjoyed cooking, knitting, reading and enjoyed being with her friends and family.

She is survived by her daughter, Janice Gendron and her husband, Robert, of Connecticut; two sons, Samuel Gray III and his wife, Bonnie, of Hermon and Norman Gray and his wife, Christine, of Bar Harbor; grandchildren, Scott, Robert, Brian and Sabrina Brewer of Connecticut, Ronda Buckingham and Ray Tate of Alaska, Stacey Downes of Bangor and Jason Gray of Bucksport, Makayla and Hunter Gray of Bar Harbor, several great-grandchildren and several great-great grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband of 68 years, Sam Fairfield Gray Jr., Jan. 25, 2012; daughter, Alice Blanton of New Mexico; sisters, Isabelle, Prudence and Alice; and brothers, Ronald, Frank and Alton.

Funeral services will be held in the spring. Contributions in Althea's memory may be made to Alzheimer's Association, 170 Route 1, Suite 250, Falmouth, ME 04105 or , Memorial Processing Center, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701. Condolences may be expressed at

Published in BDN Maine on Jan. 5, 2013