Erma Sharpless Gray, formerly of Kennett Square

Erma Sharpless Gray

Erma Sharpless Gray

Erma Sharpless Gray died peacefully at the age of 103 on Monday, April 25. She spent most of her years in West Chester and Kennett Square but resided in Brinton Manor in Glen Mills for her last years. She was the wife of the late Samuel Gray with whom she shared 10 years of marriage.

Erma was born in Westtown Township, and was the daughter of the late Wesley and Clara (Ginsley) Sharpless.

Erma spent her life helping others, as evidenced by taking care of four generations of the Smedley Family.  She worked at Elwyn, the Barclay Home as the administrator, the Hickman Home in the kitchen and the Friends Home, as manager of the dietary department.  After her retirement she spent many hours volunteering at Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital and the Pocopson Home. She loved watching sports, pet sitting for others and being with family.

Erma is survived by her step son, William Gray of Maryland, two grandchildren, Ellen Liversidge of California and Richard Bleecker of New York and life long friends Willard Smedley (Julia) of Kennett Square, and William Smedley (Janet) of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. and their families.

Aunt Erma, known as Rosie by her cherished “sons” and their families, was a truly amazing lady. She was deeply loved and will be extremely missed by all who were blessed to have known her.

Services and internment will be held privately. Contributions in her memory may be made to the Friends Home, 147 W. State St, Kennett Square, PA  19348. Arrangements are being handled by the Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home Inc. of Kennett Square. To view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, please visit

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