Margaret M. Gray

November 15, 2018

Margaret  M. Gray,  89,   a longtime  Rochester,MN resident died on  Thursday (November 15,  2018) following a brief illness, in the Skilled Nursing Unit at  Madonna Senior Communities in Rochester.

Margaret Mary Clausen was born in Glencoe MN to Mathias and Mary(Weis) Clausen. She grew up on the family farm in rural Glencoe, attended school there, graduating from Glencoe H.S. in 1947. She attended nursing school at St Mary’s Hospital in Rochester where she met her loving husband Charles Gray.  They were married in 1951 at St Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Glencoe. Following their marriage the couple lived in Rochester where they raised their family and have continued to make their home. Margaret was a homemaker and Chuck was a longtime employee in the business office at Mayo Clinic. She was a woman of strong faith and instilled in her family the need to give back to the community through volunteering and helping all people in need. She loved volunteering at St.John’s and Lourdes High School.  She was passionate about cooking and baking and her door was always open for friends to stop by for a meal or grab a cookie from her famous cookie jar.  She loved playing cards, especially cribbage with her grand kids and friends.  She loved golf, fishing and spending weekends at their lake place on Lake Pepin.  Margaret’s greatest joy in life was her family and all of her dear friends.  

She leaves behind her husband of 67 years  - Charles Frances Gray; 2 daughters and 2 sons -Barb (Mike) Meyer of Surprise,AZ; Pat (Janet) Gray of Shoreview,MN;  Kate (Neal) O’Mara of Chaska,MN  and Dan (Lisa) Gray of Mendota Heights,MN; 12 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her  infant daughter Elizabeth Gray and her parents.

A Mass of Chrisitian Burial will be held at St.John’s Catholic Church in Rochester  at 10:00 A.M. on Monday( November 26, 2018)  with Rev. Msgr. Gerald Mahon officiating. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Rochester.  A time of visitation for family and friends will take place from 4 to 7:00 P.M. on Sunday( November 25, 2018) at River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home  in Rochester and 1 hr. prior to the service at the church on Monday morning.  Margaret's family suggests memorials to the Charles and Margaret Gray Scholarship Fund at Lourdes High School. Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville,MN . On-line condolences and memories of Margaret can be left at


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