Corrinne Gray, age 44, passed away peacefully on November 10, 2023 in American Fork, Utah, surrounded by her family, after a lifelong battle with lung disease. She was born January 2, 1979 to Dan and Becky Gray in Columbus, Ohio. She’s been a fighter from that day forward, born 3 months prematurely and spending her first year in the NICU of Children’s Hospital. Her remarkable coming home story was told on the front page of the Columbus Dispatch on New Year’s Day 1980. We’ve loved and cherished this dear girl and made incredible memories throughout the years. She was soothed and enlivened by music of every kind – it was her language – with country being her favorite. She taught us many life lessons without saying a word. Corrinne was endearingly innocent, without guile and lived purely in the present; letting you know her feelings and what she wanted openly. At the same time, she was loving, patient and long-suffering as she endured many physical and emotional challenges.
Corrinne has attended the Chrysalis Day Program for individuals with disabilities where she participated in delivering Meals on Wheels (learning not to eat the food first:), picking up garbage in a shopping center and wherever she found it (which she was compulsive about), going to parks, museums, movies, traveling downtown on Trax and drinking diet coke whenever possible. Corrinne loved attending SNAP (Special Needs Adult Program) with peers and Young Men and Women and leaders from her Stake. She has been living in The Bridge Family Support group home with her roommate Laura and the expert caregivers who cared for her so lovingly. Most of all, Corrinne loved being with family, especially her brothers, while going on drives, eating, drinking diet coke, and listening to their music. We love knowing she is with her brother Jesse in heaven.
So many people have extended love and caring to her and her family throughout her life. Thank you so very much hardly expresses the deep gratitude her family feels. A special thanks to Dr. Lara Hardman, Dr. Bernard Liang, Corrinnes’s support coordinator Amie Smith with Beyond Advocacy, and the amazing nursing staff at IHC American Fork Hospital.
Corrinne is survived by brothers Dave Gray (Hanna Bytheway), DJ Gray (Melissa Erickson), nieces and nephews Madeline, Robby, Cynthia Grace and Maryella Gray, Cam, Caiden, Chase and Cannon Garcia, Ethan and Jackson Clark. She is survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins who loved and supported her. Preceded in death by brother Jesse, aunts Julie Mahoney, Jane Archuletta, Cynthia White, uncle Jim MacDonald, cousin Natalie Horne and niece Lily Erickson.
Celebration of Life Services will be held Saturday, November 18, 2023 at 11:00 am. Prior to the services there will be time to visit from 9:00 to 10:45 am. Location is the Brighton 6th Ward Chapel at 2925 East Bengal Blvd (7800 South) Cottonwood Heights, UT 84121
To view a live stream of Corrinne's funeral service please see video/link below.