HAZEL LUCILLE WHITLOCK GRAY Hollywood, Florida Formerly of Gary, Indiana Age 91, former long time Gary resident, passed away peacefully in the early morning hours of June 17, 2006, at her home in Hollywood, FL. Born Dec. 31, 1914, Mrs. Gray was brought to Gary when her parents, Arthur Brown (A.B.) and Elmyra Diffay Whitlock relocated there from Chicago in 1916 at the behest of Rev. William H. Whitlock, Mrs. Gray's paternal grandfather, who had started Trinity Methodist Church there. Mrs. Gray attended Roosevelt elementary school, and was a 1930 graduate of Froebel High School. After receiving her B.A. degree from North Carolina A & T State University in 1934, she returned to Gary where over the years she worked as a social worker, a public school teacher, a probation officer, and later, a physical therapist at Norton Park School for Crippled Children. She became a member of Delta Sigma Theta and a Chapter Member of Alpha Mu at North Carolina A & T, and Beta Nu. She was a member of St. Augustine's Episcopal Church. Her marriage in 1942 to Gary attorney, the late Terry C. Gray, ended in divorce in the early 1960's, and in 1964, she moved her family to Chicago. While in Chicago, Mrs. Gray entered the world of business and became a civic activist. She marched in anti-racism and anti-war protests and personally confronted the late Mayor Richard J. Daley over Chicago's failure to pass and enforce gun control laws. Mrs. Gray is survived by one sister, Mrs. Arthella Allison of Maui, Hawaii; three children, Elmyra Gray Powell (James) of Birmingham, AL, Oscar T. Gray (Gail) of Gary, and Sarah Gray Freeburg of Hollywood, FL; ten grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren, and many beloved nieces, nephews and cousins, all of whom remember her loving presence, her lively intellect and her ceaseless spirit of adventure. One sister, Mrs. Rosa Morgan of Washington, D.C., passed away on June 27, 2006. An Omega Omega service will be held at 12:15 p.m., followed by a memorial celebration of her life at 1:00 p.m. on July 29, 2006, at St. Augustine's Church, 2425 West 19th Ave., Gary, IN 46404. The church phone number is 219-944-8383.
Published by Post-Tribune from Jul. 23 to Jul. 28, 2006.
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I don't think Hazel's children will remember me. I was a young boy when I knew them and their mom. My aunt, Erminia Juliano, was a good friend of Mrs. Gray (as I knew her), and my family and yours would do things like go camping together back in the day. This may sound silly, but I recently bought a gray car and thought about naming the car "Mrs. Gray" but that didn't seem clever at all, so I named the car "Hazel" in honor of this dear lady, whom I knew so long ago. I hope you don't mind. https://mgdaversa.com/2021/01/10/her-name-is-hazel/
Michael G. D'Aversa
January 11, 2021
To the Gray Family,
My deepest sympathy to all of you during this time of bereavement.
July 29, 2006
God bless you during this time of bereavement.
July 28, 2006
Uncle Oscar I'm so sorry to hear of your mom passing. I be keeping up with the Gary news at least I try.I kept seeing your mothers picture but wasn't reading the name.Then tonight while I was reading the online paper I read the name then the obituary and saw your name and aunt Gail's.I haven't seen you all in a while.Hope your ok,and sorry to hear about your mom.I keep my family and friends in my prayers.Love you all.Millie
July 27, 2006
Our deepest condolences to Oscar and the whole family in your loss of a wonderful and caring family member. May GOD bring peace and comfort to you through it all.
Edwin & Brenda (Manyfield) Hill
July 26, 2006
Dear Elmyra and family:
My deepest condolences on the passing of your dear mother. It is a pain that only God can remove. I lost my mother June 3, 2006 and I know the heartbreak. However, I trust God to help me live my life so that I will see her again one day. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.
Syrathia Irons- Thaxton
July 25, 2006
To the family of Hazel Gray,
It is with deep sorrow that we also send our condolences for your loss in the passing of your mother and grandmother. Yet, having shared a moment in the journey of the life of this woman who was in essence a worldchanger is awesome to behold. Somewhere in my heart, I sense her response to our loss, a soft reply, is whispered in the course of life, "I did it my way!" For the moments that I spent with her, I sense this statement to be true. Know then that she lived her life, and that the reward for many of us is that we were also touched by her on her journey. We love you all. "Catch the Fire" Christian Fellowship Church Family.
Dr. Danny E. Crossley, Sr.
July 25, 2006
To Oscar, Elmyra, Sarah and Family,
I will continue to keep you in my prayers,during this difficult time.
Trust and depend on God. He is your
July 24, 2006
To Oscar and the family,
I am sorry to hear about the passing of your loved one. May God strengthen you during your time of sorrow. Our prayers are with you.
Benita (Piggy - Granddaughter of Elsie and John Pryor).
Sylvester & Benita (Piggy) Lenoir
July 24, 2006
To Elmyra and all of the family,
God will grant you the peace that overcomes all sorrow if you lean on Him. You have our deepest sympathy. Larry and Linda Layne
July 23, 2006
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
July 23, 2006
No bond is as great as that between a parent and child. Our deepest condolences are with you as you grieve.
July 23, 2006
To Elmyra: Friendships rekindled in times of grief often manifest the very strong and everlasting bonds created for us and fostered by our parents. Please accept my sympathy and love and know that you are cared about by many friends - past, present and eternal - as you endure the loss of your mother. From your lifelong friend who keeps you close in her thoughts-