HARRIET KATHERINE LOPEZ GRAY
HARRIET KATHERINE LOPEZ GRAY Harriet Katherine Lopez Gray, 98, the outgoing, dynamic and untiring matriarch of the Manuel Joaquin Lopez family who devoted her life to family, church, Portuguese culture, top secretarial assignments and the less fortunate, passed away peacefully June 25 at Arcadia Retirement Residence where she lived for nearly 24 years. Harriet, a third generation Kama'aina who grew up in Kalihi as the oldest of 10 children, attended Sacred Hearts Academy from kindergarten to graduation in 1935. She remained a life-long advocate of the Academy and the Sacred Heart Sisters who run the school in Kaimuki. She was named a Distinguished Alumnae in 2006. After high school, Harriet completed Cannons School of Business and married Walter Gray of Kalihi, who predeceased her in 2000 after 63 years of marriage. She and Walter had three sons and Harriet worked part-time while rearing her children, including assignments with the Territorial Legislature and the Hawaii Constitutional Convention. Harriet, an expert in shorthand and typing, subsequently held full-time positions with a Circuit Court judge for 8 years, the University of Hawaii for 5 years and Leeward Community College for 12 years. Besides working and volunteering for community organizations, Harriet took courses at Leeward and received an AA degree in 1975. Harriet retired in 1979, but never slowed down. She took courses at the University of Hawaii, Manoa; earned a BA degree in Human Development at the age of 68, and co-authored a family history. She also volunteered with Catholic Charities Services for the Elderly, Portuguese Genealogical & Historical Society, Catholic Women's Guild, Republican Party, Punchbowl Holy Ghost and Sacred Heart Church. Surviving the beloved matriarch are her sons, Walter Gary Gray of Phoenix, AZ; Thomas Maynard (Sue) Gray of Exeter, CA, and Noel Warren (Anne) Gray of the Big Island; twin sisters, Marie Dias and Ann Cabral; grandchildren Doug, Charlie and Joe Gray; Christine Hornburg; Jane Gray, and predeceased John Gray; nine great grandchildren, and one great, great grandchild. Arrangements have been made by Bothwick Mortuary with funeral services Wednesday, July 6, at Sacred Hearts Academy. Visitation will be at 9 a.m.; Rosary, 9:40 a.m.; Eulogy, 10:10 a.m.; Mass, 10:30 a.m.; Sacred Hearts Academy tribute, 11:35 a.m.; Reception, 11:40 a.m. Burial will be at 3 p.m. at Hawaiian Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions in memory of Harriet be made either to the Arcadia Foundation, 1434 Punahou Street, Honolulu, HI 96822, or Sacred Hearts Academy's Development Office, 3253 Waialae Avenue, Honolulu, Hawaii 96816.
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