Shirley M. Fray (nee Lyons)

(June 7, 1930 - May 23, 2014)

An exceptional woman, an exceptional life…Shirley left this world, surrounded by her loved ones, on May 23, 2014.
For Shirley, there was nothing more dear than family, but to her family, she was the treasure. As a mother, she held her children’s hand while they were young, but held their hearts forever. Both selfless and gentle, she always put their needs before hers and rarely had to raise her voice to get a point across. They remained the center of her universe, that is, until she was blessed with grandchildren. She had the uncanny knack of making each grandchild feel as if they were the most special and most loved…simply because they were. If you needed to confide in someone, Shirley was always there. She wasn’t just trustworthy, she was the world’s best secret keeper. She made a lasting impression on everyone she met. Sometimes this was from her gentle nature, sometimes from her caring way, but many times it was from her contagious laugh and quick wit, which she had until the end.
Shirley is survived by her husband Francis “Hughie” Fray of Willingboro. Together, their 58 years of marriage were blessed by their children: Gregory, of Willingboro, Lisa Price (Scott), of Shamong, Carole Ehrgott (Eric) of Burlington and the late Linda (Steve Wszelaki), and again by their grandchildren: Jennifer Rossi, Mark Fray, Zachary Fray, Scott Price, Jr. and Andrew Liebner and their great-granddaughter, Zata Fray. She is also the sister of Arlene Gaynor and the late Dorothy Lyons-Baranoski.
Come celebrate Shirley’s 83 exceptional years on Tuesday from 9 AM at Corpus Christi Church 63 Sylvan Ln., Willingboro, where Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 AM. Interment in Lakeview Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers memorial gifts may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 3 Eves Dr. Suite 310, Marlton, NJ 08053.

4 thoughts on “Shirley M. Fray (nee Lyons)

  1. Sharon Stellwag

    Shirley was my friend for over 20 years and I will never forget her. She was kind, gentle, understanding and most of all trustworthy. I will miss her deeply. She was a wonderful person and my heart goes out to her family for their loss. I loved her!!!!

  2. Williams Family

    I read the obituary about the loss of your loved one and I extend my sincere condolences. May you find loving comfort to know “God is near to those broken at heart and those crushed in spirit he saves.
    Psalms 34:18
    May the fond memories of Shirley sustain now and in the future.

  3. Diane Markert

    Mrs. Fray was one of many women who enhanced my life by sharing her children with me. The fact that she trusted an eager 8th grader to care for them was truly an honor. The blessings continued when her “baby” married my “baby” brother and added Zach to our family.
    Elegant and beautiful, I was always impressed by the lovely couple who went dancing on Saturday nights. I remember a graduation gift that was carefully wrapped and decorated with roses from her garden. This was an example of her thoughtfulness and the extra touch that made me feel special and appreciated.
    I hope that your memories bring comfort to your family as we honor and celebrate her life.

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