LaBell Marie Gray, age 105, and resident of Bartlesville, Oklahoma, passed away on Wednesday, November 14, 2012, in the Bartlesville Health & Rehab Community.
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LaBell "Marie" Corle was born August 8, 1907 in Jefferson, Kansas which is a small town outside Independence. She was the daughter of Peter Wesley Corle and Lillie Pearl (Scott) Corle. Marie came to Oklahoma from Kansas at an early age in order for her father to work in the "Oklahoma Oilfields". She started school in the first grade at Catoosa, Oklahoma before moving with her family to Oglesby, Oklahoma. She attended high school in Ramona, Oklahoma, until the age of 17. She furthered her education by attending Bartlesville Business College. Shortly after the family moved to Oglesby, her father married and the children had a step-mother.
Marie held several clerical positions before going to work as a secretary for Cities Service Oil & Gas Company where she was a faithful employee for many years. She also worked for Phillips Petroleum Company for a period of ten years, where she became a member of the Jane Phillips Sorority. Her last employment was with the Mason Hotel in Claremore, Oklahoma as an elevator operator and manager of the coffee and gift shop
Marie was married to Lowery Albert "Monte" Gray. Monte was a traveling shoe salesman and until his death, he and Marie traveled in his business. In 1952, Monte fell sick and died of cancer at 48 years old. Marie continued to live in the Mason Hotel in Claremore, Oklahoma and operated the coffee shop until the hotel closed in approximately 1987. She then moved to a small house on Patty Page Blvd., in Claremore. Marie remained there until she became sick and her niece, Daisy Mathews, brought her to Bartlesville to live with her and her family. After approximately five years, Marie was moved to Forrest Manor in Dewey, Oklahoma where she remained until August 2012. At that time, she was moved to the Bartlesville Health & Rehab Community where she lived until her death.
Marie was preceded in death by her husband, Monte; her parents, Wesley and Lillie Corle; sisters, Dortha Melton, Daisy Margworth and Ruth Johnson.
She is survived by her nieces and nephews, Daisy Mathews, Lillie Gardner, Charlene Copeland, Darlene Stone, Kathlene Blevins and W. S. "Bobby" Melton and his wife, Mildred, Jimmy Zinn and his wife, Patti, Bea Pierce and her husband, Bob, Frieda Trask, Jack Margworth and his wife, Joann and Earnest Margworth and his wife, Myrna.
The family will greet friends on Sunday, from 1:00-3:00 PM in the Arnold Moore & Neekamp Funeral Home, 710 S. Dewey Ave.
Services for Mrs. Gray will be held on Monday, November 19, at 2:00 PM in the Arnold Moore & Neekamp Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Lillie Gardner will be the officiant. Interment will follow in the Jefferson, Kansas Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of the Arnold Moore & Neekamp Funeral Home. Online condolences can be left at www.honoringmemories.com
Published in Examiner-Enterprise from Nov. 18 to Dec. 18, 2012