Funeral Service

Time: 10.30am

Date: Tuesday 28th September 2021

Service Details:
Anne's Requiem Mass will be held at St Hubert's RC Church, Great Harwood. Anne's family would love people to join them after the requiem mass at Great Harwood Golf Club for nibbles and cake, and a good old chin wag to celebrate Anne's life.

Anne Marie Gray

Peacefully on 15th September 2021 at Springhill Care Home with family by her side, Anne, aged 78 years.

Dearly loved wife to John, devoted mum to Jane, John, David and Helen, a cherished grandma to Joseph, Alexander, Dominic, Thomas, William, Laurence, Charles and Matthew, beloved sister and auntie, and dear friend to many.

Anne was born in Penwortham, one of four girls.

Anne attended Larkhill Convent School and on leaving, Anne’s working life started at NatWest in Preston City Centre. Whilst at St Theresa’s Catholic Club  in Penwortham attending a Valentine’s Dance, Anne was to meet the love of her life. Anne saw John from across the bar and it was indeed love at first sight. Anne and John got married and 9 months later Jane was born. The next few years of their lives was spent building their family with the arrival of John, David and Helen.

In 1971 Anne and her family moved to Great Harwood, Anne took employment with Graham and Owen, in Altham. Anne also worked for Priestleys, John Bradley Osteopath and Slingers where she retired from.  Anne also had the pleasure of owning her own shop on Queen Street; It’s Sew  Easy.

It was whilst working at John Bradley’s that ‘grandma duties’ were added to Anne’s ‘To do’ list. Being a grandma was something that Anne cherished more than anything.

In her spare time Anne enjoyed gardening and tending to her allotment with John. She was  the most talented seamstress, making wedding dresses, prom dresses and bridesmaid dresses.

Anne was president and treasurer of the WI for a period of time in Great Harwood, and a governor of St Hubert’s Primary School. Anne loved music. She conducted the church choir for many years, as well as singing as a soloist in several local choirs. Anne had recently taken up playing the piano again.

Holidays were very much looked forward to as she loved to travel. Her favourite type of holiday was caravanning in North Wales with her family.

Anne will be sadly missed but fondly remembered by all who had the pleasure of knowing and loving her.

Please feel free to wear bright colours as this was one of Anne’s instructions.

Family flowers only please, donations in memory of Anne are being gratefully received on behalf of Macmillan Cancer Support via the donate button below.

Please feel free to leave a message for Anne’s online memorial book by completing the form below.

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MESSAGES for the family of Anne Marie Gray


Andrew Cook

Such a wonderful lady. We will all miss you Auntie Anne.


Jim and Christine Burrows

May there be comfort in knowing that someone so special will never be forgotten.



Thinking of u all at this sad time.


Dorothy Duckworth

My thoughts are with you all.


Susan and Chris
“If there ever comes a day when we can’t be together, keep me in your heart, I’ll stay there forever.” – Winnie the Pooh. Goodnight and God bless my beautiful Sister. X


Sylvia Abbott

Sending love to all the family, I remember Anne as a little girl when she was my bridesmaid and also as a lovely and kind lady. With love Auntie Sylvia and family xx


Celia Povey

With much love and deepest sympathy. God bless xxx


The Williams Family

A lovely lady and a beautiful service today at church. We’re sure she will have approved. Love to all. X