Ada Mae Gray, 78, Stockton, a homemaker, died Aug. 31, 2012 in the Lake Stockton Healthcare Facility following a long and courageous battle with cancer.
She was the youngest of nine children born to German Laffeyette Campbell and Minerva Mae (Nickels) on Sept 2, 1933, in Nevada.
She grew up in the Alder vicinity where she attended Alder school for eight years. She graduated from Stockton with the Class of 1951.
On Jan. 18, 1952, she was united in marriage to Joe Donald Gray. To this union a son and daughter were born. In the early years of marriage she was a homemaker and helped on the farm taking care of the cattle while Joe worked construction.
During her high school years she worked for Bill and Edith Lackey at the Park Hotel Cafe in El Dorado Springs. Later she worked for Bill and Zula Price on the Stockton Square at Price’s Drug Store. She also worked 12 years for John and Wanda Cassell at the Cassell’s Drive Inn Café.
She often talked about all the wonderful people she met working these jobs both in El Dorado Springs and Stockton. She especially enjoyed the friendships and good times she shared with all the young people she met while working at Cassell’s.
Ada Mae was a gracious host that always enjoyed any out of town guests or relatives that dropped in and welcomed them for the night. She always looked forward to the visits with her Aunt Ked and cousins from Nebraska. She shared some very special times with her sisters, Mary Tom and Juanita.
Ada Mae was an avid card player and she and Joe spent many happy hours playing pitch and canasta with their friends. She enjoyed the grandchildren spending the nights and cooking meals for them and any of their friends that happen to drop by.
She was preceded in death by her parents and husband of 52 years Joe Gray on April 27, 2004.
Also preceding her in death was her brothers – Madison, Frank, Joe, Orles and Vancel Campbell and sisters, Pearl Douglass and Juanita Haines.
She is survived by her son, Terry, and daughter, Linda and Randall Hopkins, Stockton; five grandchildren – Trina and Brian Hargis of Nixa, Joey Gray, Jamie and Travis Cargil, Jill and Brian Hubbard – all of Stockton, and Tyler Hopkins, Webb City; 13 great-grandchildren, other nieces and nephews and a host of friends. Survivors also include a sister, Mary (Tom Wollard), Bolivar and sisters-in-law, Mary Lee Gray of Clinton and Betty Campbell of Stockton.
Services were held Sept. 4, in Brumback Funeral Home, Stockton, with Pastor Gene Mears officiating. Burial was in the Stockton Cemetery under the direction of Brumback Funeral Home.
Casket bearers will be Joey Gray, Tyler Hopkins, Rex Ewing, Destry Mick, Randy Whistance and Larry Nottingham.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests any memorial donations be made to the First Responders of Stockton or the Cedar County Relay for Life Cancer Fund.
The family would like to thank Dr. Leo Shunyakov and staff at the Carrie J Babb Cancer Center and the Hospice unit for CMH all of Bolivar and to the staff at the Lake Stockton Healthcare facility for making her short stay as comfortable as possible.