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Vera Gray Osceola

Published: Wednesday, April 30, 2014 9:54 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, April 30, 2014 10:03 a.m. CDT

Vera Evelyn (Smith) Gray was born on October 12, 1919 to Russell Wayne Smith and Edith Verle (McKnight) Smith in Liberty Township in Clarke County, Iowa and passed from this life April 23, 2014 at Clarke County Hospital in Osceola at the age of 94.

She attend country schools in Clarke County. At the age of 13 she won a silver medal for winning second place two years in both oral and written spelling bees in Clarke County. She graduated from Osceola High School on May 27, 1937 with a normal training certificate. She taught one year.

She married Lester F. Gray on July 4, 1937 in Bethany, Missouri. They farmed in the Clarke County area. Two daughters were born to this union, Janice Verlee on November 2, 1940 and Linda Joyce on October 6, 1949.

She had been a member of the First Christian Church since 1948. Vera had worked at Clarke Elementary School for 17 years. She enjoyed gardening, flowers, genealogy and her friends and family who always came first.

Those relatives who preceded Vera in death were her parents; husband, Lester Gray; daughter, Janice on May 5, 1948; 2 brothers Warren W Smith, Dwight W. Smith; 3 brothers-in-law John Stalter, Eldon Stephenson, Elmer White; 3 sisters-in-law Laurene Smith, Iris Smith, Viola Smith. She was also preceded in death by in-laws Gilbert Gray, Bill & Sylvia Gray, Frances & Grace Gray, Robert Gray, Rolland Gray, Marvin & Berniece Gray, Victor & Alma Gray, Verlin & Evelyn Woodard, Paul & Doris Pettit, Andy Kutcher.

Vera leaves to cherish her memory; daughter, Linda J. (Craig ) Ewoldsen of Osceola, IA, Grandchildren, Lori Klages of Lacona, IA, Heather (Randy) White of Osceola, IA, Justin (Melissa) Ewoldsen of Indianola, IA; Great-Grandchildren, Josh Klages, Keatyn and Jedidiah White, Christopher, Hayden and great grand-daughter to be Ewoldsen, sisters, Amy Ruth White of Des Moines, IA, Lois Stephenson of Osceola, IA as well as other relatives and many friends.

Services will be held at Kale Funeral Home in Osceola, Saturday April 26, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. with Pastor Chuck DeVos officiating.

The family will greet friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday, April 25, 2014 at Kale Funeral Home.

Interment will be in the Maple Hill Cemetery, Osceola, Iowa.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Clarke County Animal Shelter.

Online condolences may be directed to the family at www.kalefuneralhome.com.

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