Paula Eileen McPherson Gray

Paula Eileen McPherson Gray
4/1/31 – 12/9/14

Mom-young-head-shot-with-short-hair3Born in 1931 in Chewelah, Washington, Paula grew up in Chewelah and Spokane. She graduated from Rogers High School in 1949, and later from Deaconess Nursing School in Spokane, after which she worked as a surgical nurse at the Rockwood Clinic.


In 1962, she married Victor Gray, a structural engineer also from Spokane. They lived in Seattle Washington, where Paula worked at Swedish Hospital and they raised their 3 children.


Paula was an active participant in many organizations, including St. Joseph’s School PTA, the March of Dimes, the Snow Leopard Trust, and many others. She was a docent at the Woodland Park Zoo for 10 years. Paula’s passions included Husky and Seahawks football, downhill skiing, bridge, antiques, dogs, travel, golf, her family, and her close circle of lifelong friends.

After retiring and moving to Port Townsend, Washington in 1992, Paula and Vic toured the United States in their private plane, attended air shows, played golf, and visited friends and family. They lived in the Cape George neighborhood in Port Townsend for 22 years and had many friends in the area. Paula golfed at theDiscovery Bay Golf Course, enjoyed dinners at the Belmont Hotel, and loved watching the eagles and sunsets over Discovery Bay.


Paula is survived by her husband of 52 years, Victor, her children, Vicky Smith and husband Greg, Patrick Gray, Elizabeth Gray and partner Michael Roybal, her sister and brother-in-law Nadine and Bob Dougherty, and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service for Paula will held Thursday, December 18th, at 10:30 am at Wedgwood Presbyterian Church, 8008 35th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115.

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