She was born Nov. 24, 1950, in Fullerton to Dr. James and Marilyn Gregory. She attended Sunnyhills High School and in 1972, graduated from Whittier College with a degree in sociology and special education.
A resident of the Walnut Creek area since 1979, her life was about giving. She was a program director for the Family Stress Center and director of the Berkeley Food Pantry. She led the Youth Educator program at Las Lomas High School and was director of the Score! Educational Center in Alamo. She earned a master's degree in nonprofit organization from the University of San Francisco.
In addition to her own children, she took in kids that needed a home and gave them the gift of motherly love. In 2004 she married Greg Strong. They enjoyed traveling, concerts, theatre, the A's and Cal games. Some of her happiest moments were when holding her new grandson.
She is survived by her husband, Greg Strong; her daughter, Michelle Young and fiancé Merrill Long; her son, Thomas Young; one grandson; her parents, Dr. and Mrs. James B. Gregory; and countless friends.
A prayer service was held at the New Life Church in Alamo on Jan. 18. She requested any donations be made to the Berkeley Food Pantry at 1600 Sacramento St., Berkeley 94702.
Danville resident Mary Whelton passed away Dec. 28 at the age of 96.
She was born on April 2, 1911, and grew up in San Jose. She attended Notre Dame High School and San Jose State, where she was secretary of the student body, and in the elite dance group, Orchesis. She was also in the honor society, Black Masque, and the educational honor society, Kappa Delta Pi.
She and her husband, Jerry Whelton, raised three children, Bob, Sue and Lindy, in Oakland. Mary taught in Castro Valley and at Laurel Grammar School in Oakland.
She is survived by her children, Robert (Jan) Whelton, Sue (Larry) Smith and Lindy (Mike) Lickiss; 12 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren. Mary was widowed in 1981.
A memorial and celebration of Mary's life was held Jan. 30 at St. Isidore's Catholic Church in Danville. Donations can be made to Interplast, 857 Maude Avenue, Mountain View 94043, or Maryknoll Missionaries, P.O. Box 301, Maryknoll NY 10545.
Charles W. 'Bill' Gregory Sr.
Charles W. "Bill" Gregory Sr., a resident of Danville, passed away Jan. 25 at the age of 85.
He was born April 10, 1922, in Carolton, Ky., and led a long life of giving. He signed up for the Marine Corps at age 19, on the day Pearl Harbor was bombed, beginning a 22-year career in the Marines. He saw action in World War II, the Korean War and was assigned to Vietnam.
He retired from the Marines as a sergeant major and established his own financial advisory business; in 1980 he and his family moved to Danville.
An active part of the San Ramon community, Bill was a charter member of the Chamber of Commerce and recognized twice as Business Man of the Year; he was involved with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of San Francisco after losing his first wife, Mary, to cancer - he was recognized as the Society's National Man of the Year in 1999; he was a passionate member of Rotary International; and a major donor to the Paul Harris Foundation.
He founded the Rotary Club of the San Ramon Valley and served as its president for two years. There, he met his second wife, Danielle "Dany" Nolan.
He also ran six marathons; the last one at age 80.
He is predeceased by his first wife, Mary; sister, Helen Wolfe; and nephew. He is survived by his wife, Dany T. Gregory; three sons and a daughter: Charles W. Gregory Jr. of Tracy, Robert M. Gregory of East Point, Mich., Stephen P. Gregory of San Ramon, and Paula "Cindi" Gregory of Carmichael; two stepsons, Antony J. Timothee of Pleasant Hill and Terry Bastin-Timothee of Liege, Belgium; two grandsons; three granddaughters; one great-grandaughter; sister Leona Maloney and brother-in-law Thomas Maloney; brother-in-law James Wolfe; and two nephews.
A private service was held Jan. 31 in Danville with interment at Oakmont Memorial Park in Lafayette.
A memorial service is being planned for mid-February at the Crow Canyon Country Club in Danville. Friends, business acquaintances and Rotarians are invited. Donations can be made to the Bill Gregory Memorial Fund of the San Ramon Valley Rotary Foundation, P.O. Box 2935, San Ramon 94583.
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