Ms. Betty J. Gray (CAS ’63, STH ’66)

Born July 20, 1934, to Ethel and Fletcher Gray in Worcester, Betty Jane Gray was a woman of substance. She went to glory to be with her beloved parents and two brothers, James and Robert, on September 25, 2020. She is survived by her sister Marjorie Ellen Ellsworth, her son Christopher, his fiancé Kristina, and her granddaughter Jenifer.

Betty obtained her high school diploma at South High School, Worcester, and her bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree in Christian Education at Boston University School of Theology. Betty worked at State Mutual Life Insurance Company and then for the City of Boston as an employment counselor.

Born with a big heart and a generous spirit, Betty always championed the causes of social justice. Determined to make a difference, she adopted her son Chris when he was five years old, rescuing him from a difficult situation. She marched with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in 1965. Widely traveled, Betty spent time in the Middle East, visiting Israel, Egypt and Jordan.

After settling in Brookline, Betty lived her later years at Asbury Grove Methodist Campground in Hamilton, and was active on the Asbury Camp Meeting Corporation, as well as in the community.

Betty was active in her beloved church, The United Parish in Brookline, where she taught adult Bible study and served as an usher and an acolyte teacher. Betty was that devoted caretaker who was on the front row for every dance recital and show in which her granddaughter took part. Betty loved the theater and always took Jenifer to musicals and ballets, her favorites being The Nutcracker and A Christmas Carol. She will be terribly missed by her family, loyal friends and church members.

In lieu of flowers or gifts, please direct any donations to The United Parish in Brookline, 210 Harvard St, Brookline MA 02446.

This obituary was originally published here, by The Salem News.