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Kory Gray

1968 – 2022

Kory Beth Gray, 53, peacefully transitioned from this life to her heavenly home with her Lord on January 10, 2022 after nearly nine years of fighting breast cancer with the utmost strength and grace.

Kory was born to parents Marilyn Hjermstad and Tom (Pam) Hjermstad on June 2, 1968, in Edina, Minnesota. She graduated from Menahga High School in 1986 and Anoka-Ramsey Community College in 1989 with a degree in General Studies. She worked as a Case Manager at Legal & General in Frederick, Maryland, since 2001.

Kory’s faith was an essential part of her life. She and her husband, Dave, often took in kids who were having troubles and treated them as their own. She was creative and loved home projects often helping others with theirs. She also loved Snapchat and kept in touch with so many on a daily basis often posting herself singing or saying something uplifting and funny. She loved to travel and took many trips across the States as well as in Europe. Mostly, she loved spending time with her best friend and husband, Dave, and their three beautiful daughters, as well as her family and friends. She always saw the best in people and her beautiful smile, kindness and infectious laugh will be greatly missed.

Kory leaves to cherish her memory, her loving husband of 28 years, Dave Gray, and their three daughters: Shai McKenzie, Taylee McKenna, and Ellivia Joan, all of Frederick Maryland; dad, Tom (Pam) Hjermstad, and brother, Kevin (Debbie) Hjermstad; sisters: Kimberly Lusti, Kerri (Pete) Odland, Katherine (Dave) Blom, Kirsten (Tom) Hjermstad, and Jennifer (Paul) Jevnick, sisters-in-law: Deborah Gray, Denise (Dale) Nelson, and Dawn Gray, as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.

She is preceded in death by her mother, Marilyn Hjermstad, nieces Marah Beth Blom, Amber Raye Hjermstad, nephew Ethan Reed Walter, great niece Kalila Alane Pulido and great nephew Alejandro (AJ) Pulido, Jr.

A celebration of Kory’s life was held at First Baptist Church in Frederick, Maryland on January, 22, 2022. There will be another celebration this summer in Minnesota.

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