Edith Julia Snowden Gray died in her Las Cruces home Friday, May 24, 2014. She was 87. Edith was born in El Paso, Texas, April 30, 1927. She graduated from El Paso High School and attended Texas College of Mines where she received a bachelor of Business Administration degree in 1947. She always loved children, so she returned to Texas College of Mines to get a degree in teaching. Her first teaching job was at Beall School in El Paso. It was during this time that she met the love of her life, Russell Gray. They were married June 5, 1949. This marriage lasted almost 65 years. Russell passed away 17 days before Edith. Edith and Russell had three children: Russell Jr., Dorothy and Marian. Edith stayed home and raised her children until they were school age and then she went back to teaching at Trinity Day School at Trinity Methodist Church in El Paso. In 1960, the family was transferred to Las Cruces. Edith began teaching at Fairacres Elementary School and taught there for 28 years. While teaching, she continued her education and received a Masters of Arts in teaching from New Mexico State University and joined Delta Kappa Gamma, a society for professional educators. Edith volunteered as a leader of a Brownie troop and later as a Girl Scout leader. Edith and Russell were both very devoted to their faith and their church. Edith was a member of the United Methodist Women, taught Sunday School and she and Russell sponsored the Methodist Youth Fellowship. She also served on the Global Missions committee. Russell and Edith enjoyed taking family vacations visiting scenic and historical sites across the country. After Edith retired in 1985 and Russell retired in 1987, they were able to expand their travels beyond trips to see their family. They traveled overseas to include trips to Europe, Australia, Russia, Nova Scotia, Mexico, South America and the Holy Land. Edith and Russell's last few years were spent at home surrounded by a special group of caregivers who cared for them with love and compassion. Edith was preceded in death by her father, James Albert Snowden, and her mother, Edna Berry Faulk Snowden; her son, Russell D. Gray, Jr., and her sister, Edna Foley and Edna's husband, Harry Foley. She is survived by her daughters Dorothy Lewis of Dell City, Texas and Marian Barker and husband Larry of Lubbock, Texas; her grandsons, Scott Lewis and wife Becky of Dell City, and Travis Lewis and wife Amanda of Dell City; three great-grandchildren: Emily, Coby and Hope Lewis; and her nieces Brenda Melton (Dan Crutchfield) of San Antonio, Texas, and Denise Hamm and husband Russell Hamm of San Marcos, Texas. Services will be held at St. Paul's United Methodist Church Saturday, May 31, 2014, at 11 am. Pallbearers: Scott Lewis, Travis Lewis, Lorenzo Apodaca and Joshua Gonzalez. Honorary Pallbearers: Larry Barker, Russell and Denise Hamm, Brenda Melton, George and Lena Hughes, Thelma Hammond, and Virginia Hair. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Paul's United Methodist Church or Mesilla Valley Hospice. Services are entrusted to La-Paz Grahams Funeral Home.
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Published in Las Cruces Sun-News on May 29, 2014