Nyoka Gail Gray, 71, died peacefully at home with her daughter Kimberly by her side on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018. Nyoka was born in Ellsworth on June 10, 1947, to the late Tyler and Audrey Gray. She was predeceased by her husband of 43 years, Richard (Tater) Gray of Mount Desert.
Nyoka is survived by her brother Tyler Gray and partner Sue Lear of Southwest Harbor and her sister, Sandra Dow of Bar Harbor, two daughters, Kimberly Gray and her husband, Robert, of Trenton and Tammy Goodwin and her husband, Rusty, of Franklin. She is also survived by two grandchildren, Aaron Graham and his wife, Elizabeth, of Trenton and Mikaela Goodwin of Franklin.
Nyoka worked 43 years for her husband’s company, Blanchard and Gray Contractors, as the bookkeeper and also worked many years for Mr. and Mrs. Schafer as head housekeeper at what she fondly called “the cottage” in Northeast Harbor.
Nyoka had a passion for “going dancing” and could be found most any place that had country and western music but frequented the Bangor Singles Club with her dance partner and friend, Tom Colbeth.
Nyoka loved her St. Bernards and owned one most of her adult life. She leaves behind her beloved Moses (JC), who during her last years gave her joy, affection and companionship.
Nyoka had a stubborn streak she was incredibly proud of and a “tell it like it is” attitude, both of which helped her through the tough times life throws at a person. Sadly missed are the days when you could ask Nyoka how she was doing and her standard reply would be “fat and ugly.”
At Nyoka’s request, a graveside side service and a celebration of life will be announced and held in the spring. In lieu of flowers, she requested that donations be made in her name to the Ark Animal Shelter in Cherryfield.