Cora Gray

Cora S. Gray, 89, lived a life far beyond a set of dates. An independent woman from a young age, she was the captain of the Hopkinton, NH girls high school basketball team. Her independent streak continued as she wore her first two-piece polka dot bikini in 1941 and caught the eye of her future husband, George H. Gray. After graduating college with a degree in nursing, Cora accepted George’s offer of marriage and laid down the ground rules of their 51-year relationship. Their 51 years together included the joy of two boys, Alan and Neil, and the adventure of moving to frontier Alaska. Cora was the first and only nurse in Dutch Harbor, Alaska and was known as the Aleutian Angel of Mercy. Cora continued her service to the community in Colville as a nurse at Mount Carmel Hospital and Colville Medical Center, where she was a nurse for 13 years. Cora volunteered her time in retirement to both Mount Carmel and the Colville Historical Society. Cora has been a faithful friend and member of the Colville community--she will be missed by many. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Cora’s name to the Colville Food Bank. Cora was preceded in death by her husband, George Gray. She is survived by her sister, Harriet Heartz; brother Dana Sweatt; by her son, Alan; daughter-in-law, Elise; son, Neil; daughter-in-law, Debbie; grandson, Scott and wife Jamie; grandson Jason and fiancé Jamie; grandson Josh and wife, BrieAnne, and great-grandson Jake. The memorial service for Cora will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 5 at the Danekas Funeral Chapel in Colville. The Danekas Funeral Chapel and Crematory in Colville is entrusted with arrangements.