Shirley Gray

Shirley Edna Gray (Philipona)

Tuesday March 5, 1935 - Tuesday August 4, 2020
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Shirley Edna Gray (nee Philipona), age 85, of Pitman passed away Tuesday, August 4, 2020. Shirley was born and raised in Pitman. Graduated from Pitman HS 1953. She was a devoted lifelong member of the First Baptist Church of Pitman. In addition to working in her yard, exercising with Silver Sneakers and long walks around town she lived to help others. Her volunteer activities included Meals on Wheels, Pitman Food Pantry and making hundreds of pillows for patients in local hospitals.

Predeceased by her husband James "Don" Gray (her high school sweetheart), survived by her children, Sharon Gray, Steven Gray (Cynthia), James Gray, Jr. "Skip" (Terry), Sally Horner (Mark) and Sandra Mitcho (Richard); 7 grandchildren, Mark Horner, Jr., Lindsay Gray, Kayley Steponick, James Gray, III, Devon Horner, Carly Mitcho, and Samuel Mitcho; 4 great grandchildren, Jaron, Quinn, and Avalon Horner and Teagan Steponick; also sister Janet Lee Dennis (Bill). Due to current circumstances of Covid19, services will be private. Burial at Manahath Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Pitman Food Pantry, 30 N. Broadway, Pitman, NJ 08071. Memories and condolences can be shared at
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Service Details

  • Service

    Smith Funeral Home
    47 Main Street
    Mantua, NJ 08051
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    Reverend Randy Van Osten
  • Interment

    Manahath Cemetery
    730 North Main Street
    Glassboro, NJ
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Jean Watts

Posted at 06:39pm
I am very sorry to learn that I will no longer be able to enjoy watching the energetic Shirley out working in her beautiful yard. I remember Mrs. Gray as the young mother in the neighborhood and now many years later as Shirley, the lively spitfire, whom I so much admired. Please know you are in my thoughts as you move through this difficult time. Jean Watts

kathy Ferrante

Posted at 04:07pm
We loved shirley at silver sneakers. We rode the stationary bike, walked and took part in the classes. We traded puzzles back and forth. I will miss her.

Bonnie Wilson

Posted at 08:28pm
I worked with Shirley at Len Eckman, Inc. for many years and it certainly was a pleasure to know her and work with her. Shirley was always a caring, sensible, and giving individual. I know she was a wonderful wife and mother and certainly gave of herself for the needs of the community faithfully all of her life. Since we both retired I was always delighted to see her and catch up with her. God granted her a gracious end to her days here and I know, without a doubt, she's in heaven now with her beloved husband, Don. Heaven has gained a very special angel!
Bonnie Wilson

Shirlie Sipple

Posted at 04:46pm
Dear Sally and Family - Sending my thoughts and prayers to you all during this difficult time. Your mom's kindness touched so many. She will be dearly missed.
Shirlie (Price) Sipple

Carolyn Rutsky

Posted at 11:57am
Sally, passing along my thoughts and prayers to you and your family on the death of your beloved mother. May you cherish a lifetime of memories.

Carolyn (Lam) Rutsky

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