WILMINGTON, MA — Margaret A. (Ray) Gray “Peggy”, age 72, of Billerica, formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on December 24, 2018.
Peggy was born in Woburn, MA on August 22, 1946; she was the only daughter to the late Joseph and Tullia Ray. Peggy was raised in a large, loving Italian family in Woburn; she went to Woburn Public Schools and was a graduate of Woburn High School with the Class of 1965.
Peggy married and soon after moved to Wilmington where she raised two wonderful daughters, Lisa and Michele. She was a devoted mother and grandmother who looked forward to spending time with her family. Peggy beamed with pride as she spoke about “her girls” and especially her grandchildren whom she adored.
At her home in Wilmington, Peggy had an “open door” policy and all were welcome. She was an excellent cook who hosted many family gatherings and cook outs throughout the years. Peggy always went out of her way to include family, extended family, friends and neighbors; everyone always had a great time.
Peggy was very talented when it came to knitting and crocheting; she made countless blankets, sweaters and other gifts that she shared with her family and friends. In her spare time, she enjoyed watching her favorite television shows as she worked on her projects.
Peggy was a “social butterfly” who made friends wherever she went. She also loved animals especially her beloved cats. Peggy was a huge Elvis fan who enjoyed collecting his memorabilia throughout the years.
Peggy will be fondly remembered for her love of family and friends; she was always kind to others and went out of her way to help anyone; she will always be in the hearts of those she loved.
Peggy was the beloved mother of Lisa Roberts & her companion Gerry Boucher of North Andover and Michele Smith & her companion Joe Luciano of Chelmsford, both formerly of Wilmington. Loving “Grammy” of Nicole, Angelina and the late Allyson Roberts and Bryan Smith, cherished daughter of the late Joseph and Tullia (Zarrella) Ray, dear sister of Joseph Ray & wife Sue of Rye, NH and Jack Ray & wife Kelly of Maynard, special aunt of Jessica, Mitchell and Kaytlin Ray. Peggy is also survived by many cousins and friends.
Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Thursday, January 3rd at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Dorothy’s Church, Main St. (Rte. 38), Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting Hours will be held on Wednesday, January 2nd from 5:00-8:00 p.m.
(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)
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