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Martha Ola Gray

Posted May 01, 2013 in Ankeny, Des Moines West, Obituaries

November 3, 1933 – April 23, 2013

Martha Gray

Martha Gray

Martha Gray, 79, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 23, 2013, in her home surrounded by her family after a brave battle with cancer.

A visitation will be held 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Saturday, April 27, 2013 at Memorial Services of Iowa Funeral Home (4208 N. Ankeny Blvd.). A Memorial Service will be held 1:00 p.m. Sunday, April 28, at Ankeny Christian Church (2506 S.W. 3rd St., Ankeny, IA)

Martha was born on November 3, 1933, in Des Moines, Iowa to Dr. George and Ola Rae (Cook) Marquis. She was a graduate of Roosevelt High School, attended Monmouth College where she was a Kappa Delta, and was a graduate of Broadlawns School of Nursing. She was united in marriage to Dr. Lawrence Gray. After Larry’s service in Pensacola, Florida and Corpus Christi, Texas with the United States Navy, they settled in Ankeny where they made their home in 1960.

Martha committed her life to raising a family and found much joy in the simple things that went with being a mother, grandmother, quilter, and friend. She was easily picked out of a crowd for her hearty laugh and familiar booming voice. She shared her love of reading by handing out books and devotionals at Christmas. Martha spent the last several years studying and deepening her faith, and felt especially connected to the community at Ankeny Christian Church.

She is lovingly survived by her four children; Steve (Janet) Gray of Cary, North Carolina, Dr. Laurie (Jeff) Barber of Little Rock, Arkansas, Mark (Tammy) Gray of Ankeny, and Dave (Cathy) Gray of West Des Moines; brother George (Marion) Marquis of Mattoon, Illinois; and 11 grandchildren. Martha was preceded in death by her parents, and sister, Esther Kress, from Windsor Heights.

Martha was a blessing, and will be deeply missed. Her memory will be honored in our hearts as we celebrate a life well-lived in faith, deed, and devotion. She will be remembered for her protective, fighting spirit.

In lieu of flowers, Martha has asked for memorials to be gifted to Ankeny Christian Church( 2506 S.W. 3rd St., Ankeny, IA 50023)

Information provided by:
Memorial Services of Iowa
4208 North Ankeny Blvd
Ankeny, IA 50023

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