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Barbara Collins Gray
Sept. 22, 1922-Dec. 24, 2018
Menlo Park, California

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Barbara Collins Gray September 4, 1922 – December 24, 2018 Menlo Park, California

Barbara “Barb” Collins Gray of Menlo Park passed away peacefully surrounded by family members. Her passing at the wonderful age of 96 was due to complications from surgery.

Barbara was born in San Francisco and was a third generation Californian. She was the first daughter of Earnest and Muriel Collins and was raised in Burlingame. She attended Notre Dame High School in Belmont and Lone Mountain Girls College in San Francisco. While at Lone Mountain she met the love of her life, William Thomas Gray. William “Bill” went off to serve as a Merchant Marine Officer in World War II and upon returning from the war, he married Barbara Collins in June of 1945.

They raised four children together and were married for 65 years. The Gray’s initially resided in Menlo Park and ultimately moved to Atherton for 35 years. In their golden years Barb and Bill retired to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico during the winter months where they enjoyed golf and the warm weather. Eventually they permanently moved back to Menlo Park where they lived out their remaining years together.

Upon raising her four children, Barbara decided to enter the professional world and worked as a Histology technician at Stanford Hospital. Her avocations varied and she was fond of photography, golf, and tennis, and reading mysteries was a favorite pastime passion.

Barbara was a volunteer for the Peninsula’s Volunteer Organization of Menlo Park and was an active member of St. Raymond’s PTA, while her two sons attended school there. Later in life she visited the Little House Senior Center in Menlo Park to attend workout sessions. One of her last true enjoyments was her participation in the St Pius Senior Friendship Group, meeting every Friday for mass and lunch.

Barbara is survived by sons William Thomas Gray Jr. and Steven Gray, daughters Teri Gray McKelvy (Dorian) and Lauren Gray Koenig (Brad), brother in-law Thomas Gray of San Jose, and grandchildren Todd Gray, Matt Gray, Austin Koenig, Max McKelvy, Kyle Koenig, Jessica Koenig and Taylor McKelvy, four great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. A private family service is planned for February.

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