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Fannie Lou Gryder
Mrs. Fannie Lou Gryder, 85, passed away the morning of January 12, 2013, due to congestive heart failure.
A native of Magee, MS, Mrs. Gryder spent her childhood in Mississippi and Louisiana. As a teenager, her family moved to Watsonville where she enjoyed surfing the Monterey Bay off the coast of Santa Cruz. She married Milton Albert Gryder on February 5, 1944 and started a family of four shortly thereafter. Mrs. Gryder worked multiple jobs while raising a family in Watsonville and Salinas. She worked at an ambulance company in Watsonville as well as multiple vegetable sheds in Salinas, where she was a supervisor and union steward.
Mrs. Gryder attended the Pentecostal Church of God. She loved children and even when bedridden, would collect pop tops off aluminum cans to donate to the Le Bonheur Children's Hospital in Memphis, TN.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, Milton Albert Gryder, who passed February 12, 2010; her parents, Edna and Phelix Roach; and her four siblings.
Survivors: Children, Albert Gryder of Salinas, Helen (James) Harvell of Gonzales, Edgar (Cynthia) Gryder of Randolph, MS, Phelix Gryder of Randolph, MS; 5 granddaughters, 8 great-grandchildren, proudly 1 great-great-grandson, numerous nieces, nephews and honorary grandchildren.
Visitation: Sat., Jan. 19, from 5 to 9 p.m., and Sun., Jan. 20, from 12 to 2 p.m., at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home, 270 Coffee St., Pontotoc, MS. Services: Sun., Jan. 20, at 2 p.m. Graveside service will follow at the Guinn Cemetery.
Arranged: Tutor Memorial Funeral Home, 662-489-2828.
Published in The Salinas Californian on Jan. 18, 2013