With heavy hearts we announce the death of Dianne Ruth Gray, age 60, of Marion Bridge Nova Scotia. Dianne passed away in the Palliative Care unit at the Cape Breton Regional hospital, February 6, 2021. Dianne was born and raised in Port Aux Basques NFLD.
Dianne moved away from NFLD when she was 16 years old, moved to PEI for school, she then moved to Sydney NS. Where she met her soulmate Donald Gray. They got married in NFLD July 18, 1981.
Dianne loved to teach, it was her passion and it gave her a meaning. Dianne was very much like her father in relation to helping people and serving the community. Dianne has impacted so many lives, and those lives have impacted her. She loved to make people smile and always had a good story. Her favourite subject was English. She believed knowledge is power, for there is always something to learn. Her biggest passion was working for the Adult Learning Association of Cape Breton Country, she was known for her Christmas dinners she would put on yearly for her students, and always had an open door policy for the students that have been in her class and moved on to graduate and get their grade 12. Dianne was proud of every single student she ever taught, and encouraged them to strive and to keep learning. She loved to network and meet people, she was a very sociable woman who had a passion for knowledge.
Dianne is survived by her husband, Donald Gray, sons; Jason Gray (Tricia) Fort McMurray AB, grandchildren William Donald MacNeil-Gray, Henry Gordon MacNeil-Gray, Ontario; Jordan (Ashley) Gray, grandchildren Sophie Marie Gray, Jenna Lynn Gray,Marion Bridge NS; daughter Jessica (Marc) MacEachern, Antigonish NS. Dianne is also survived by her mother Ruth LeDrew, sisters; Susanne (Hubert) Ingram, Rita (Wayne) Anderson, who live in Port Aux Basques NFLD. Brother Derek Walters Halifax NS. Sister in-law Valerie (John) MacPherson. As well as nieces, and nephews. She is predeceased by her father Emanuel Strickland; Mother in law Gloria Parsons.
Dianne was a wonderful wife, mother, friend, and loved being a grandmother. She always had a smile on her face, when it came to talking about her kids and grand kids. She was very proud of her family. To the world you are a Mother, but to your family you are the world. Unknown author
Special thanks to the staff on 4 A, and the palliative care ward, at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital,
Cremation has taken place under the care of Forest Haven Memorial Gardens. As per Dianne’s wishes she didn’t want a funeral or wake services. Donations can be made to the Adult Learning Association of Cape Breton Country in Dianne's name.
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Adult Learning Association of Cape Breton County
440 George Street, Sydney NS B1P 1K3