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Obituaries, May 30, 2012


Norman Dennis 'Denny' Gray

July 2, 1938-May 21, 2012

Sandy resident Norman Dennis 'Denny' Gray died Monday, May 21. He was 73.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 2, at Sandy Funeral Home, 39551 Pleasant St. A viewing will be held from 4-7 p.m. Friday, June 1, and prior to the funeral service. A committal service with military honors will be held at 12:30 p.m. Monday, June 4, at Willamette National Cemetery, 11800 S.E. Mount Scott Blvd., Portland.

Denny was born July 2, 1938, in Sandy to Anselm and Genevieve (Jonsrud) Gray. Denny was raised and educated in Sandy and graduated from Sandy High School.

In February 1958, he entered the Army. After his honorable discharge in January 1964, Denny returned to Sandy and was an active member in the Jaycees.

Denny worked various jobs in Sandy while studying at Portland State University and Mt. Hood Community College. He began working at McKinnon Enterprises in Sandy and later at Consolidated Metco as a design engineer until retiring in 2000.

After retirement, Denny volunteered his time at the Sandy Historical Society, restoring and archiving photos dating back to the pioneers. An artist, Denny drew and designed the Merry Mountaineer cartoon for The Sandy Post during his time with the Jaycees. Denny designed and built McKinnon Goose-scale model airplanes. He was an avid sports fan and enjoyed woodworking.

He was preceded in death by one brother, one sister and one grandchild.

Survivors include his wife, Joanne; children, Dennis Gray of Seattle and Tina Jackson of Sandy; brother, Richard Gray of Gleneden Beach; sister, Darlene Heckel of Boring; and several grandchildren.

Sandy Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Grace Anna Britton

Aug. 28, 1918-May 25, 2012

Grace Anna Britton, a resident of Boring, died Friday, May 25, at her daughter's home. She was 93.

A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 31, at Mountain View Cemetery in Walla Walla, Wash. A Memorial Service will be held at 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 5, at Sandy Assembly of God.

Grace was born Aug. 28, 1918, in Dixie, Wash., to Ralph and Letitia (Hankins) Baker. Grace was raised and received her schooling in Pasco, Wash. Shortly after graduating, she married Clarence Britton on Dec. 31, 1938, in Billings, Mont. They made their home in Montana.

During the war, the family moved to Tacoma, where Clarence worked in the shipyards. After the war, the family moved to Milton-Freewater and Grace worked in a cannery during the summer months. In December 1953, the family moved to Kinzua, where they lived until 1961, when they moved to Touchet, Wash.

In 1967, Clarence preceded Grace in death. She remained in Touchet until her youngest daughter graduated from high school and then lived in various areas in Washington and Oregon. Grace moved to Boring in 2004 to live near her family.

Grace was actively involved in her children's activities with Blue Birds and Camp Fire. She enjoyed cooking, especially baking, and was known for her cinnamon rolls. She did embroidery work and crocheted and made many afghans. Grace loved watching the birds and could identify the various types that would come near the trees and feeders. She was a caregiver to both her family and others and was committed to the Lord.

Survivors include her sons, Richard Britton of Clarkston, Wash., and Jerry Britton of Boring; daughters, Coleen Manley of Boring, Marilyn Wike of Gresham and Shirley Worden of Walla Walla; brother, Frank Baker of Walla Walla; 13 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

Sandy Funeral Home is handling arrangements.