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VIOLA ROLLINS GRAY The seventh of ten children, Viola Rollins Gray was born in Price, Utah to Orson Hyde Rollins and Arley McKendrick Rollin. In 1924, her father was killed in a mine accident that took 145 lives. After the death of her father, her mother remarried. The family came to California in 1927. ChIco has been her home since that time. Viola met a man from Missouri who would change her life forever. That man was Frank Gray. The first time he picked her up, he sang the Missouri Waltz along with the car radio. He stole her heart and they waltzed together for 37 years until his passing. She was a homemaker until her children were old enough to allow her to take part- time work. She worked at the Gridley Cannery for several years before working at the Reynolds Nut Processing Plant. She retired as a full-time employee of Tenneco West Nut Processing. When the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was established in Chico, her family resumed their membership. She spent her retirement doing genealogy records for the Mormon Church. She enjoyed the computer. Her great-granddaughter received an email while in college. When it was shared with friends, they were amazed that her great-grandmother knew her way around a computer. She was also the best holiday baker and candy maker. Viola is survived by her three children, Mary Larsen, Arleyne Waters, and Frank Wesley Gray Jr. She was the devoted and loving grandmother of ten grandchildren: Mary Pearson, Curt Larsen, Kaylene Hirtzer, Karri Carter, Bo Powell, Ann Castle, Mike Powell, Jennifer Gray, Lincoln Gray, and Lance Gray. She had 17 Great-grandchildren and 11 Great-great grandchildren. She She was known as "GGGG" (Great-great-grandmother Gray). She is survived by one sister, lona Reynolds of Oakland, CA She was predeceased by the love of her life, her husband, Frank Gray and five brothers and three sisters. She died peacefully with two of her granddaughters lovingly holding her hand on September 12, 2014. All of her survivors have felt her love and kindness. We have all grown from knowing her. Services are at Brusie Funeral Home at Seventh Street and Broadway, September 19, 2014 at 1:00 PM. Honor her by donations to or by doing an act of kindness to others.
Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on Sept. 17, 2014
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