December 24, 1955 ~ June 9, 2014
Charmaine B. Gray, 58, of Moorhead, MN passed away Monday June 9, 2014 at Essentia Health in the presence of her family.
Charmaine was born Bonnie Charmaine Thomas to Guy M. Thomas, Sr. and Bonnie Myers in Mondamin, IA, December 24, 1955. She grew up in Council Bluffs, IA where she graduated from Thomas Jefferson High. Charmaine continued her secondary education in Business for 2 years.
Charmaine married Lee Gray on December 12, 1981 in Cold Spring, MN. They moved to Fargo in 1983 and opened C&L Plumbing together. As their family grew, they moved to Moorhead, MN in 1990 where they purchased and ran two horse boarding stables, Gray Manor Stables and RiverView Estate.
Charmaine was well known for her kindness. She was a very family orientated person who treated her friends just like family. She was known to invite friends to holiday events to make sure everyone had somewhere to be and something to eat. Her passions included shopping, talking on the phone, collecting Christmas decorations, interior design, taking care of horses, spending time with family and friends and always running late.
In 2012, Charmaine was diagnosed with Colon Cancer. Despite her prognosis she stayed very strong and maintained a positive attitude through everything.
Charmaine is preceded in death by her father, Guy M. Thomas, Sr., step-father James E. Myers, Sr., and siblings James Thomas, Markel Thomas and Barbera Jean (Tudy) Adams.
Charmaine is survived by he husband, Lee Gray; her five daughters, Ariel Gray, Shantel Gray, Jessica (Rob) Sell, Angela Middagh, and Theresa (Kelly) Busche; her mother Bonnie Myers; her step-mother Dorothy "Dot" Thomas; her siblings James E. (Greta) Myers, Jr., Karen (Dale) Schneidewind, Mary (Keith) Kasprick, Guy M. Thomas, Jr., Lafe Thomas; step-brother Jeff Nelson; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.