Gray, Rena Eileen


Rena Eileen Gray, 91, the first woman to serve as lay leader of the Western PA Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, passed away Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019, at GreenField Health & Rehabilitation Center in Lancaster, NY.

Born October 29, 1928 in NuMine, PA, the daughter of Robert and Juanita (Rose) Fletcher, Eileen lived in the Dayton, PA  area for most of her life and was a very active member of Dayton United Methodist Church, where she taught Sunday School for 60 years and served as president of the Dayton United Methodist Women. Eileen will be best remembered for being the first female lay leader of the Western Pennsylvania Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. She was serving as president of the Conference United Methodist Women when she was elected as Conference Lay Leader in 1986.

Her memory will be cherished by her son, Gregory Gray and wife, Donna, of Fort Myers, FL; two grandchildren, Gregory Gray, Jr., and Christine Tinnesz and husband, Dylan; three great-grandchildren, Ellie and Casey Tinnesz, and Hayden Gray; and brother, Robert Fletcher of Apollo.

Eileen was preceded in death by her parents; loving husband, Leonard Gray, whom she married December 25, 1946; brother, Laird Fletcher; and sister, Wanda Dantonio.

Family and friends will be received from 4-6 PM on Thursday, January 2, 2020 at Bauer-Bly Funeral Home, 125 E. Main St., Dayton, PA 16222. Additional visitation will be from 10 AM until the time of funeral services honoring Eileen's life at 11 AM on Friday, January 3, 2020 at the Dayton United Methodist Church, 105 E. Church St., Dayton, PA, with the Rev. Jason McQueen officiating.

Interment will be in Emory Chapel Cemetery, Dayton, PA.

Contributions can be made in Eileen's honor to the Dayton United Methodist Church, PO BOX 336, Dayton, PA 16222.