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Phyllis Winnifred Gardiner and Murray Joseph Gray

Phyllis Winnifred Gardiner was born on December 14, 1897, in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. She had one son.

When Phyllis Winnifred Gardiner was born on December 14, 1897 in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, her father, Samuel Gardiner (1859-1914) was 38, and her mother, Teresa (née Stevens) (1861-1921) was 36. She had two brothers and six sisters. According to military records for their son, Phyllis married Murray J. Gray. I haven’t found a marriage record, birth record or any other information on Murray Gray. I’ve done an extensive search on both sides of the border and not discovered a census record for the family in 1920/21 or for Murray prior to that time (Phyllis is with her parents in 1901/1911).

Phyllis and Murray had one child, Leonard Joseph Gray born August 2, 1918 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

I was not able to locate a gravestone for Murray Gray. Leonard’s military files suggest that his father was dead before 1939, and that he died of pneumonia. The military records for Leonard also suggest that Phyllis worked as a part-time stenographer during WWII.

Leonard was killed tragically during World War II at a pilot training camp in Manitoba, Canada at the age of 22. At the time of his death, Leonard’s mother was living at 860 Valleyway, Niagara Falls, Ontario, and his father was deceased. The Niagara Falls Library website suggests that house numbers changes in 1970 in Niagara Falls – “Most of the house number changes that occurred between 1969 and 1970 involved adding 4000 to the number – so 910 became 4910, 1482 became 5482.” – which means that 860 Valleyway became 4860 Valleyway. There is no longer a residence at that address.

Phyllis was changed by the deaths of her son and her husband before their time. After their deaths, she spent time at the Hamilton Psychiatric Hospital.

There is a stone for Phyllis at Fairview Cemetery in Niagara Falls—she died on November 26, 1984, just over two weeks short of her 86th birthday. The obituary suggests that she was at Sunset Haven in Welland, a retirement facility, at the time of her death, but had been living at 6576 Kiwanis Crescent in Niagara Falls at the time of her death and was survived by her sisters Vera and Hilda and her brother Charles.

Obituary (via the Niagara Falls Gazette)
Headstone, Phyllis Winnifred Gray


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