Feb 26, 1931 - Dec 23, 2016
Marjory Jean Gray, 85, born February 26th 1931 in Sacramento, California, died peacefully on
December 23, 2016 after a brief struggle with cancer.
Marjory was the daughter of Dewey George McCormick and Garnet Naomi Ryman McCormick.
As a teen, Marge enjoyed roller skating and playing the piano.
At 17 she married first love Jack D. Gray, also of Sacramento, California.
Starting a family with son James, they later built a house and ranch in Elk Grove
and expanded the family with son Kenneth.
Both skilled equestrians, Marge and Jack participated in many and varied events and organizations.
In the early 1970’s Marge entered the professional workplace at Safeway, Inc and shortly thereafter
became a top executive at a time when woman were rarely considered for any executive positions.
Marge helped shape and contributed greatly to Safeway’s most successful period of expansion and growth, while simultaneously blazing a trail for females in the male dominated workplace of the time, and setting an example of hard work and meticulousness for all employees to aspire to.
When son Jim married Debra Fleming, Marge finally had the daughter she always wanted.
Jim and Debra’s daughter Julie had a especially close relationship with Marge,
who she also thought of as her own daughter. And with Jim and Debra’s son Thomas,
Marge had a treasured grandson, who she adored.
When son Ken married Jane Child, Marge accepted her equally into the family as her third daughter.
Marge literally loved both daughter-in-laws as her own, and all six children were equal in her eyes.
Marge became very close friends with her neighbor Wanda Fleming (Debra’s mother)
and spent many wonderful years playing cards and sharing life with Wanda.
Marge loved knitting, crocheting, and crafts of all kinds. She brought the same work ethic and attention to detail that she displayed in her professional career to any project she did.
Also an avid sports enthusiast, Marge particularly enjoyed football, racing, and baseball.
Marge loved to travel and bravely went all over the world on many trips. She especially loved visiting her favorite destination of England. She was thrilled to see Queen Elizabeth in person.
A longtime resident of Elk Grove, Marge moved from the home she and Jack built, to the Del Webb community in 2007, where she had a new house and neighborhood that she loved.
Marge enjoyed playing cards at the clubhouse with her many new friends.
Always an animal lover, Marge had many pets over the years, but none were more loved than her
two poodle companions, Simon and Theodore.
Marge’s loving and giving spirit was demonstrated over and over again throughout her entire life.
From devoted mother and wife, completely supporting and successfully empowering her husband and two sons in whatever they chose to do while simultaneously building her own career,
to seeing someone in need on the street and pulling over and giving them a beautiful handmade sweater.
She literally helped every single person in her entire family, past and present, with her generosity and love.
Marge was and is still, so beloved by all who knew her.
While we will never be the same without her, we will all never be the same because of her.
Marjory is survived by her son Jim and his wife Debra; son Ken and his wife Jane;
grandchildren Julie and Thomas; and a number of other relatives and close friends.
There will be a private graveside service for immediate family members at East Lawn Elk Grove.