Hattie Mae Gray

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Hattie Mae Gray
99, a longtime resident of Strasburg, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Nov. 15, 2010. Born Oct. 5, 2011 in Guernsey County, she was the daughter of the late Joseph Hayes and Bertha Dell Burris Harding. She and her husband, Noble, came to Strasburg in 1937 to live and raise their family. She devoted her life to educating 6th graders for 22 years at Strasburg Franklin Schools and continued to substitute in the system 12 years past her retirement in 1972. Then she taught youngsters in Day Care and at Faith Christian School in Wilmot. Early in her teaching career after graduating from Muskingum College, she taught in four different one-room schools. Hattie Mae was active in the Church of God for most of her life teaching Sunday School. She enjoyed being active in Strasburg Senior Citizens and served as program chairman. She also wrote family genealogies and made picture albums for her children.
She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Ronald Dale and Roberta "Bertie" Haswell Gray of Massillon; daughter, Louise Gray Cook of Dover; nine grandchildren, R. Mark (Joanna) Gray, Cynthia (Mark) Rader, and R. Victor (Charity) Gray, all of North Carolina, Lori Ann (Scott) Arnold, and Ronda Louise Bailis of Massillon, Tracy (Carol) Beal of Winamac, Ind., and Scott Beal, Todd (Rhonda) Beal and Alison Louise (Dean) Barnhart, all of Dover; 16 great-grandchildren, Nicole, Caleb, Elisha and Isaiah Gray, Andrew, Joellyn Louise and Erica Rader, Kaylynn and Jessica Arnold, Collin and Adam Bailis, Jennifer Louise Beal, Sabrina Marie Beal, and Abby Rae, Grace Louise Katherine and Frank Adam Barnhart; and a great-great-granddaughter, Kilee Grace Ellis; and many nieces and nephews. Hattie Mae was preceded in death by her husband of 34 years, Noble Elisha Gray; a loving and gracious daughter, Doris Ellen (Raymond) Beal; two brothers, Burris (Mary) and Walter (Dola) Harding; five sisters, Fannie (Ralph) Wayble, Doris (Lyle) Longsworth, Faye (Orville) Brandt, Edith Harding and Geneva (Dana) Wood; a sister-in-law, Lorainne (Edgar) Stevens; one nephew, Robert Wayne (Harriett) Harding; and a step-grandson, Timothy Thomas.
Her grandson, Pastor R. Victor Gray, will officiate a private family ceremony. Friends may call in the Toland-Herzig Funeral Home & Crematory, Dover on Thursday, Nov.18 from 12 p.m.-1 p.m. Those unable to attend or wishing to share a fond memory may sign the online register book for Hattie Mae by visiting the obituaries link on the funeral home's website. Hattie Mae requested that any memorial gifts be made to her favorite mission project, The Haiti Mission Fund, c/o Wooster Highway Church of God, 5714 N. Wooster Ave. Ext. NW, Dover. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the talented staff of caregivers, including KP, Nancy, Becky, Carol, Brenda and Bonnie, who took such great care of their mother and grandmother.
Toland-Herzig, Dover

Published in The Times Reporter on Nov. 17, 2010