This site is dedicated to the memory of Moira Gray.

Moira Susan Gray, née Harnett,  was born in Hampstead on 19 January 1956. She is much loved by her husband Alan, her twin sister Penny and twin brothers Paul & Adrian and will always be remembered by all her friends and family.

Moira has suffered with Multiple Sclerosis for many years and spent the last fifteen years in Highgate Nursing home, where she received excellent care and attention for which the family are very grateful. Moira fought her illness in a determined and gracious way but sadly lost her battle on 17th March. The family have decided that at the funeral there will only be flowers from the immediate family. Anyone who wishes to make a donation, in lieu of flowers, is asked to donate to the MS Society and there is a link on this page. Moira's brother Paul is co-ordinating the collection arrangements and in case of need can be contacted through the link also on this page.

Please leave any messages which will be shared throughout the family and thank you for your support at this sad time.

Details about the funeral

The service will be at 11:00 am in St Michael's Church on Friday 29 April 2016.
The committal will be at 1:30 pm in the East section of Highgate Cemetery, Swain's Lane, London N6 6PJ on Friday 29 April 2016.

There is very restricted parking in Highgate with no parking between 10.00 - 12.00 hrs. Car parking at the church will be reserved for the immediate  family and therefore anyone wishing to attend is strongly advised to travel by public transport.  It is proposed that all mourners will walk from the church to the cemetery which is approximately ten minutes away.
St Michael's Church, Highgate South Grove Highgate N6 6BJ

Family flowers only. In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation to the MS Society in memory of Moira.

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I remember when Tom and Mark were really young watching Moira play with them using a glove puppet. She did it so well that I have not forgotten those few minutes. Somehow she managed to bring that puppet to life in such an appealing way that the puppet really was alive and interacting with the children. They only played for a short while but I was so impressed by Moira's understanding of how to engage the children and make that puppet lifelike that I have remembered it ever since. I'm sure Moira would have said it was nothing but in that little event she gave me something I have treasured. I imagine many people will have felt the same kind of inspiration in her company.
Sent by Lydia on 29/04/2016
We were part of the life of St Michael's Parish Church at Highgate 1982-85. There was Moira - a beacon of light in her unassuming faith. She functioned as a role model to the younger women of the choir. There was the musical sound of her laughter and her astonishing occasional renderings of the complex organ music of Messaien. She was working as a medical social worker at the time and she knew the tragedies of ill-health. We were glad to hear of the caring that she received as her life dwindled away. She leaves behind recollections of a joyful personality and of beauty in her faith. Richard & Linda Ginn, Suffolk
Sent by Richard on 27/04/2016
As we grew up and saw Moira and the rest of her Harnett family on holidays I came to realise that she was the most artistically talented person I knew – by a long way. I was therefore rather in awe of her, but I need not have been. I can remember meeting her in Birmingham when she came for an interview and she was lots of fun and immediately made me think musical scholarships and the like were, well, fine and good but not a subject for personal pride. Moira’s life was not, alas, to bring her the adulation of enraptured audiences. Her achievement was infinitely greater – God’s grace demonstrated in adversity. To have seen that is to have been touched by the One Who made all the talents there have ever been, and of course Moira’s too. And Who gave grace: tough grace, grace with tears, grace with many questions, but still Grace. For Moira and for all who cared for and sustained her, thank-you. John & Alyson Holden
Sent by John on 01/04/2016

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