November 27, 1936-August 21, 2019
MOLINE — Ramona Grace Grissom McCray, Moline, entered life on Nov. 27, 1936; and celebrated her sunset on Aug. 21, 2019. Ramona spent her last years in Chicago, close to her daughter, Judith McCray,with frequent visits from sons, Gregory (Sharon) McCray, Michael (Julie) McCray, and daughter Susan Armstrong. Her grandchildren, nieces and nephews called and visited often, including her brother, Roger Grissom (Los Angeles).
Ramona loved her 80-plus years in the Mississippi River valley — manifesting a remarkable life. She was loved by many and a comfort to even more. She married James McCray on Sept. 27, 1956, enjoying over 50 years of marriage until his death in 2007. Ramona and Jim owned McCray Accounting for 35 years, providing business advice and income tax services to prominent and diverse clients. Ramona was very involved in the community, including teaching children to read, volunteering at the Moline Public Library, her church and in local and national politics.
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Ramona was preceded in death by her husband, James R. McCray Jr.; her sister, Jean Anna Cooper; her sister-in-law, Dorothy Steverson; her mother, Edmonia Swancy Grissom; her father, Jerry Grissom; her father and mother-in-law, James and Olivia McCray; and brother, Kenneth Mason.
She is survived by her brother, Roger; her four children; 10 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. We miss her greatly.
Please join the family on Sept. 21 for the Memorial for Ramona McCray at Unitarian Church, 3707 Eastern Avenue, Davenport, Iowa 52807, with visitation at 1 p.m. and service following at 2 p.m. Instead of flowers, the family requests that donations be directed to the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Quad Cities (www.uucqc.org), as Ramona greatly admired and supported its social justice and service activities around the world.