With deep sorrow and heavy hearts, we announce the sudden passing and ascension of our loving mother, Claire Ann Gray, on August 4th. Proudly born in Pittsburgh, PA in 1949, she spent her childhood with her brothers and sister in idyllic Bethel Park. She married her high school sweetheart Bill Knorr with whom she had her daughter, Kelly Lynne (Knorr) Robinson. Claire attended Slippery Rock College, where she played guitar, acted in plays, and was an Alpha Pi sorority sister. She graduated with a teaching degree and a minor in Spanish, inspired by her lifelong love of language. While raising Kelly on her own, Claire taught American Sign Language and worked full time as a waitress at the Joshua Tree in Fairfax, Virginia, until she graduated and received her degree. Claire then moved to Marin County, California, to join her older sister Lee Blake. There she met and married Warwick Gray, with whom she had her son James. All who knew her knew her bond with her children was extraordinary. Taking pride in being a woman in business, she paved the way for herself in a successful career in Silicon Valley and, in most recent decades, owning her own business, Miracle Method of San Francisco. Even more than her admirable career achievements and high-level business acumen, Claire will be remembered as a caring, generous, fiercely loyal no-nonsense woman with a flair for fashion and a love of etiquette and tradition. She loved the holidays year-round and never forgot a birthday.
Claire is survived by her son James Gray (son-in-law Dan Young) of Bend Oregon, her daughter Kelly (Knorr) Robinson (son-in-law Scott Robinson) of San Diego, her sister Lee Blake of Greenbrae, her brothers Fred Hoover of Massachusetts, and John Hoover of Georgia, her nieces Christine (Cieski) Rauls of Petaluma, and Michelle (Cieski) Sylvester of Greenbrae, her close friends, dedicated coworkers and many extended family members.
We deeply cherish Claire as she cherished all who were in her life. Hold dear the memories you share with your family and friends, for “thousands of small happy memories are locked in our mind between the big moments of life. Memory is a way of holding on to the things you love, the things you are, and the things you never want to lose.” Claire Gray’s life was lived as a statement of love. A service will be announced for the Fall.
In her memory a gift of remembrance can be made to: The Marin County Library Civic Center branch as Claire was an avid reader, or Jessica’s Haven, a non-profit dedicated to saving dogs where Claire’s dogs are currently fostered.
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