Jean Louise Morrison Gray, age 98, of Weymouth, passed away on Tuesday, December 15, 2020. Born on October 14, 1922, she was the only child of the late Ralph Weber Morrison and Etta Blenis Morrison, also of Weymouth. Jean was one of the first babies delivered at the old South Weymouth mansion which was to become the South Shore Hospital.
After graduating from Weymouth High School, Jean worked part-time at Stetson Shoe Factory to earn tuition to attend the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital School of Nursing where she graduated with an R.N. degree in 1945.
After nursing school, she and a sister-graduate ventured to the hospital in Antioch, California to gain nursing experience. There, she met Thomas Lee Gray, a newly graduated medical technologist from Ruston, Louisiana, who would become her husband. After marriage, Jean and Thomas returned to Weymouth, where Jean assisted in setting up the first pediatrics floor at South Shore Hospital.
Thomas predeceased Jean, who then raised their three children on her own, working on the West Wing and Pratt 3 North and South at South Shore Hospital. Upon her retirement in 1984, Jean indulged her passion for traveling, swimming get-togethers with friends, cheering on her beloved Red Sox, and bird-watching.
Jean is survived by her children, Michael James Gray of Middleboro, Shelagh Lee Gray of Weymouth, Jeffrey Alan Gray of Weymouth; a grandson, Eric Whitney Gray of Middleboro; great-granddaughters, Hailey Elizabeth Gray and Macie Ann Gray of Middleboro; nephews Gary Hand of Brandon, Mississippi, David Hand of Flowery Branch, Georgia; nieces Jenny Stinson of Vicksburg, Mississippi, and Julia Callaway of Ruston, Louisiana.
Jean’s three children lovingly cared for her in the last 15 years of her life. The family gives them and everyone else who cared for Jean their greatest and warmest gratitude.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to the graveside prayer service for Jean on Monday, December 21, 2020 at 10am in the Mount Hope Cemetery on Pine St. in S. Weymouth. Memorial donations may be sent to the Church of the Holy Nativity, 8 Nevin Rd, South Weymouth, MA 02190.