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Ruth Ann Ellender Gray, 81, a native of DeQuincey, La. and a resident of Lawrenceville, Ga., died on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012 surrounded by her loving family.
Visitation will begin on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012 from 5 p.m. until !0 p.m. at Landry's Funeral Home in Thibodaux. Visitation will resume on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012 from 8 a.m. until 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Co-Cathedral in Thibodaux. A Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10 a.m. at the church with burial following in Port Hudson National Cemetery in Zachary, La.
She was known as "Mimi" by her eleven grandchildren; Jack Ryan Twachtman, Nicholas Twachtman and wife, Erynn, Andrew, Phillip, David, Julia, John Paul, and Josiah Gray and Cannon, Ellie and Morgan King. She also leaves two great-grand children, Jillian and Rudy Twachtman.
She was preceded in death by her parents, James Bernard Ellender and Ruth Lavender Ellender; husband Walter J. "Brother" Gray, Jr. her only sister, Barbara Ellender Bernard; and her niece, Denise Elaine Bernard. She is survived by her five children and spouses: Jeff W. Gray, Elissa "Lisa" Gray Twachtman, Dr. J. Paul Gray and wife Rebecca, Leslie Gray Shatzen and husband Erwin, and Lauren Gray King and husband Jeff.
She graduated from DeQuincey High School in 1948 and Northwestern State University of Louisiana in 1952 where she majored in elementary education and library science. She taught first grade in Westwego, La. and then at Chackbay Elementary. It was when she was teaching first grade at Chackbay Elementary when she met her husband, Walter "Brother" Gray, Jr.
After raising her five children, Mrs. Gray became active in many local organizations, including fundraising for Lafourche Crossing Fire Department and as a volunteer for Laurel Valley Plantation. She was very passionate about the preservation of Laurel Valley Village volunteering as a sitter and a docent. Her memory will live on in the hearts of her children and grandchildren as being one of the sweetest people on earth.
The family would like to extend special thanks to the staff at St. Joseph Manor in Thibodaux and to The Life Care Center of Gwinett in Lawrencevill, Ga. For their loving care of Ruth during her illness.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you make a donation to
Landry's Funeral Home of Thibodaux, is in charge of arrangements.
Published in Houma Today & The Daily Comet from Sept. 24 to Sept. 25, 2012