Eyvonne Crawford-Gray was born July 11, 1955 in West, Mississippi to George Kirkwood and Alize Crawford but was raised in Beloit, WI. Eyvonne Crawford- Gray peacefully entered into eternal life on 05/03/19 at Agrace Hospice in the presence of her loving husband and family friends.
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Eyvonne graduated from Beloit Memorial High School and attended Milton College, Milton, WI. While attending Milton, she met the love of her life, James Gray, moved to Milwaukee,WI and started her career with the State of Wisconsin. She continued her education at UW-Milwaukee, completing a BS in Community Education. In 2009, she completed the Certified Manager Program at UW-Madison and in preparation for her anchor career in healthcare, she completed the Madison College Phlebotomy Certificate Program and earned a BA in Health Management from Concordia University in 2017.
Eyvonne held several positions with the State of Wisconsin, most of which were with the Department of Public Instruction-Teachers Education, Professional & Licensing Development as an Education Specialist.
Due to her passion for social justice, she was elected as the first African American (female) to serve on the Dane County Board of Supervisors representing the 14th District in 1990. Eyvonne was very active in City and County government serving on numerous boards and committees (Allied Drive Neighborhood Center, League of Women voters, Madison Community Block Grant Commission, Madison Police Advisory Bd, etc.) more recently she served on the education committee for St James School.
Eyvonne had a young spirit and was the true definition of a “people person”, because when you met her you wouldn't forget her name. She loved to travel and had a passion for cooking and baking which prompted her to start a restaurant and catering business (HMI Catering) in the Dane county area. She has Co-owned and operated HMI Catering for over 20 years and has provided first time employment opportunities for several teens and adults.
Eyvonne was proceeded in death by her father George W. Kirkwood, mother in-law Gertrude Gray, brother John Earl Kirkwood, and longtime friend Anthony Johnson. She will be forever remembered and cherished by her husband James Gray; two children, daughter Conswello Crawford (Jeff Wiest) and son Jameson Gray; Mother Alize Crawford of Beloit; sisters Rose Crawford of Beloit, Dianne Kirkwood, Betty (Martin) King, Doris L. Kirkwood all of Milwaukee; three brothers James Crawford, Dwight (Dorothy) Crawford of Beloit and Bryce Crawford of Madison, sister friend Karen Johnson of Dayton OH and a long list of relatives and friends.
Donations can be made to St James School at 1129 St. James Court Madison,WI 53703