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Obituary for VERONICA J. GRAY
God said "It's Your Time". On Sunday morning, May 15, 2011, God called one of His children, Veronica Juliet Johnson Gray, to her eternal home. She departed this life at her home in Huntingtown, Maryland.
Veronica was affectionately known as "Mom", "Grandma", "Bonnie", and "Aunt Bonnie". She was born on February 4, 1952 to the late Walter Harrison Johnson Sr. and Catherine Olivia Johnson in Paris, Maryland. She was the second of nine children. She attended the public schools of Calvert County and later enrolled in Prince George's Community College where she took classes in Paralegal Studies.
She was united in marriage to the late Donald Gray on December 31, 1996. She was employed with the State of Maryland Division of Parole and Probation for 25 years, serving in the Landover, Prince Frederick, Waldorf, and Upper Marlboro offices. She also worked various part time jobs including Sears, Starbucks, and ARC.
Veronica enjoyed sewing, reading, and spending time with her family and friends. Everyone always gathered at her home for special occasions or just to spend time. She enjoyed watching football and cheering for the Dallas Cowboys. Her kindness was extended to all she could assist, often times giving to others and going without. Her family enjoyed many of her specialty dishes, especially macaroni and cheese, pasta salad, and crab dip.
She enjoyed family and friends, but her first love and passion was for GOD. She joined St. Edmonds United Methodist Church in 2000. She loved her church and was active until her illness. She returned to church on May 1, 2011 and her presence was a witness of God's love and mercy.
At St. Edmonds, she served as Secretary of the Church Council and the Charge Conference, as well as President of the United Methodist Women. She led the United Methodist Women in Community Outreach which included clothing drives and providing financial assistance to the community. She also was the former Financial Secretary and a member of the former Combined Choir (currently known as the Inspirational Choir). In addition to her other services, she was instrumental in generating funds for the Cancer Drive, distributing the Upper Room, and preparing envelopes for Trustees Day and the Cemetery Rally. She also enjoyed attending Bible Study.
Bonnie was truly an example of God's love, showing "unconditional" love to everyone. She will be truly missed by all.
She was preceded in death by her son Dewayne Johnson; her husband Donald Gray; her father Walter Johnson, Sr.; her brother George Johnson; and her mother Catherine Johnson. She leaves with loving memories, one daughter, Wanda Walker (William); two step-daughters, Angela Claggett and Donna Carter (Melvin); three grandchildren, Bryan, DeVante and Marcus Walker; two step-grandchildren, Deona and Shandre; six sisters, Gloria Wilkerson, Joan Jones, Florine Jenkins, Maxine Booze (Gregory), Ruby Matthews (Carl), and Tammy Johnson; two brothers, Walter Johnson, Jr. (Maxine), and Joseph Johnson (Ruthel); a very special and devoted family friend Milton Jones; one brother-in-law, Stewart Gray; two sisters-in-law, Gertrude Plater and Barbara Beverly (Malcolm); eight uncles, James Jacks, Leslie Jones, Levi Evans, Robert, Wilson, Robert, Maurice and George Jacks; nine aunts, Geneva Coates, Elizabeth Hawkins, Florence, Mildred, Ethel, Florence, Mattie, Dorothy, and Doris Jacks; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.
3:00 PM on Wednesday, May 25, 2011 Cheltenham Veterans Cemetery 11301 Crain Highway Cheltenham, MD, 20623 (map/driving directions)
4:00PM to 6:00PM on Sunday, May 22, 2011 at Sewell Funeral Home 1451 Dares Beach Road Prince Frederick, MD, 20678 (map/driving directions)
10:00AM to 11:00AM on Monday, May 23, 2011 at St. Edmond's UM Church 3000 Dalrymple Road Chesapeake Beach, MD, 20732 (map/driving directions)
11:00AM on Monday, May 23, 2011 at St. Edmond's UM Church 3000 Dalrymple Road Chesapeake Beach, MD, 20732 (map/driving directions)