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Alison D. Gray, 90

Alison D. Gray (formerly Alison G. Murray) of Weston died Jan. 9 at home of complications from dementia. She was 90.

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Alison Gray: art teacher. Contributed photo

She taught art for 39 years at the Unquowa School in Fairfield, having retired at the age of 82.

Prior to teaching at Unquowa, she taught art at the Thomas School in Greenwich. She was an accomplished artist and gardener, having exhibited her art throughout Fairfield County.

In earlier years, she designed exhibits and taught at the Mid-Fairfield County Youth Museum in Westport, now Earthplace, and reported for the Westport Town Crier.

Known for her wit and candor, she was also a passionate bridge player and devotee of word games and of Compo Beach. She traveled far and wide during her breaks from school.

Alison Gray was born in Neuilly, France on Sept. 9, 1925, the daughter of Edith Deacon Gray and Henry G. Gray and grew up in New York City and Long Island. She graduated from St. Timothy’s School in Stevenson, Md. in 1943, earned a certificate in art and design from Pratt Institute in New York in 1946, and worked for Cannon Mills as a designer.

She was the ex-wife of John F. Murray, Jr. who died in 1977. She is survived by three children Melinda G. Murray (Rob MacDougall) of Washington D.C., John F.Murray, III (Joy) of Jenks, Okla., Matthew D. Murray (Tammy) of Westport and five grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family invites donations to the Unquowa School, the Connecticut Humane Society/Westport Shelter, or the National Wildlife Federation in her name. A memorial service will be held in April.

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