Community gathers to remember Vernita Gray

Tue. April 1, 2014 10:18 AM by Windy City Media Group

community gathers to remember vernita gray

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Chicago, IL - Hundreds of friends, family and acquaintances of activist Vernita Gray gathered at the Goodman Theatre March 31 to remember her legacy and pay tribute to her.

The gathering was officiated by Mary Morten and Paul Fairchild. 

Morten said that Gray was "a person who led a life of activism, a life of joy and a life of unparalleled gratitude."

Fairchild spoke of Gray's final days, as she gathered friends and family, and then the day of her death.

"She was alone with the two women who loved her most, her wife, Pat [Ewert] and her mother, Toots [Hairston]." Hairston then read John 14:1-7, A Psalm of David.

Gov. Pat Quinn then spoke of Gray's activist legacy, saying that Illinois "has a hole in our hearts. We lost one of our most special souls."

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