Lillian GRAY

GRAY Lillian Mary Grace Gray of Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, beloved wife of the late Benjamin Franklin Gray, passed away on Sunday, May 29, 2005 after a brief illness at the Red Deer Regional Hospital at the age of 85 years. Lillian was born at Montreal, Quebec on Wednesday, February 25, 1920. At a young age, she moved with her mother to Nordegg, Alberta and shortly after to homestead in Strachan, Alberta. Lillian attended Pleasant Vale School until grade seven. She helped raise her younger brothers and sisters. In 1940, she married Benjamin Gray; together they raised a large family on the Gray Prairie Creek Homestead. They were a hardworking couple eventually retiring to Rocky Mountain House in 1983. Following the passing of her spouse, Lillian moved into the Red Deer Nursing Home where she lived the last seven years. She is survived by her children Frank (Dorothy) Gray and Gloria (Clifford) Sever of Rocky Mountain House, Joyce (Harold) Brownlee of Valemont, BC, Jean (Dennis) Friesen of Bow Island, Ruth (Gordie) Hrycun of Edmonton, Doris (Garth) Riggins of Duncan, BC, daughter-in-law Tina (Lee) Robson of Rimbey, Grace (Larry) Maetche of Red Deer, Step Gray of North Vancouver and Gail (Gary) Anderson of Red Deer. She is also survived by twenty-three grandchildren, twenty-seven great-grandchildren, sisters and brothers Annie Lea, Marjorie Love, Gladys Osborne, Laura Nodeland, Victor and Clifford Evans, numerous nieces and nephews. Besides her loving husband Ben, Lillian was predeceased by her sons Claude, Glen and David, granddaughters Janette Sever and Amanda Gray as well as by her grandson Wesley Friesen, her parents Cass and Ethel Evans and her brothers George, Art and Eric. Those wishing to pay their respects to the late Mrs. Lillian Gray are invited to a time of visitation at the Parkland Funeral Home, 6287 – 67A Street, Red Deer on Friday, June 3, 2005 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. or on Saturday, June 4, 2005 from 12:00 noon until service time at the Church of the Nazarene in Rocky Mountain House. Funeral services will be held at the Church of the Nazarene, 5340 – 59th Avenue, Rocky Mountain House, Alberta on Saturday, June 4, 2005 at 2:00 p.m. and will be conducted by the Reverend Dale Hansen. Interment will follow at Prairie Creek Cemetery at Strachan, Alberta. If desired, memorial donations in Lillian Gray’s name may be directed to the charity of donor’s choice. Sympathies can be forwarded to the family at: In living memory of Lillian Gray, a tree will be planted in the Parkland Memorial Tree Park.

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