Agnes V. Gray, 86, of Monaca, passed away Wednesday, April 11, 2012, after an extended illness.
Born April 5, 1926, she was the last surviving child of the late Mark and Mary (Sweeney) Seery. Educated in Monaca schools for the first eight years, she then attended and graduated from Mt. Gallitzin High School in 1944. She devoted a great part of her life to her church, St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Monaca, where as a teenager she was active in the Sodality. In later years, she became a charter member of the Christian Mothers and Catholic Daughters of America and taught catechism to second grade students. Agnes was a volunteer librarian for over 35 years at St. John?s School and was affectionately known as the ?library lady?. She was awarded the Living Spirit Award for many years of dedication to the school and the church and in 2008, was awarded the Father Marcus O?Brien Service Award by Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Pittsburgh. After raising her family, she was employed by Rochester Library for 12 years before retiring.
Agnes was the only living charter member of the Monaca VFW Auxiliary since 1946, where she held every office available during her years of service; a life member of Monaca American Legion, Post 580, where she also held most offices, as well as participated in various district and state activities and within the Legion Auxiliary, belonged to the ?8 and 40 Group? Salon #150, Beaver County, which is a service branch that awards a nursing scholarship each year, contributes to all veterans hospitals throughout the state and supports two or three cystic fibrosis children each year.
Her pride in her Irish heritage became apparent when she was always the first to wear ?green? in March. Her pride in her community and her country was seen in her red, white and blue kitchen. Aggie?s philosophy of life which keeps her stamina up was ?use it or lose it.?
On August 20, 1947, Agnes was united in marriage with James V. Gray, who preceded her in death on July 8, 1995, and together they were honored by the Monaca Community Hall of Fame in 2005 for their dedication and loyalty to church, community and family.
Agnes will be sadly missed by her seven children and their spouses, MaryEllen Gray of Murrysville, Julie Ann (Jerry) Roberts of Brighton Township, Regina (Butch) McCabe of New Sewickley Township, Jim V. (Krista) Gray, Jr. of Erie, Sheila (Bill) Thomas of Houston, TX; Tim (Denise) Gray of Brighton Township and Mike (Kim) Gray of Steubenville, OH; 18 grandchildren, Jessica, Joleen, Jeremy, Robin, Grant, Hannah, Amelia, Erin, Jake, Amy, Caitlyn, Molly, James, Emma, Simon, Aidan, Mason and Maeve, two great-grandchildren, Damien and Kylee and a host of nieces, nephews and countless friends.
In addition to her husband and parents, Agnes was preceded in death by four brothers, Thomas, John, Mark, and Joseph Seery and three sisters, Julia McGowan, Mary Seery and Margaret O?Keefe.
Friends will be received Sunday from 1 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the Simpson Funeral & Cremation Services, 1119 Washington Ave., Monaca, where parting prayers will be offered Monday at 9:30 a.m. followed by a mass of Christian burial at 10 a.m.. in St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Monaca. Her pastor, Fr. George Chortos, will be the celebrant.
Interment will follow in the parish cemetery.
In lieu of flowers the family has suggested that memorial contributions may be made to St. John the Baptist Catholic School, 15th Street and Virginia Avenue, Monaca, PA 15061.
Mom, we love you for the sacrifices that you made for the family; for the countless hours spent at dance recitals, baseball, basketball, cross-country and golf games and practices, band concerts, school plays, parent-teacher meetings and horse shows; for never permitting any of us to underestimate our potential; for all of the family vacations and the incredible memories that we each hold in our hearts; and, for treating each of us as though we were an ?only child? all while establishing a firm, family environment replete with love, kindness, respect and dignity.
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