Esther M. Gray

Jan. 12, 1927 - Sept. 24, 2006

Esther M. Gray, 79, died Sunday, Sept. 24, 2006, at Waukesha Memorial Hospital. She was born Jan. 12, 1927, in Williamstown, Ky., the daughter of Ezekiel and Ollie (nee Ashcraft) Work.

Esther was at one time employed at Waukesha Memorial Hospital in pediatrics and was a longtime member of Southside Church of Christ in Milwaukee.

She is survived by her husband, Alfred. They were married Oct. 10, 1947, in Covington, Ky. She is further survived by her children, Donald (Kathy) Gray of North Prairie, Gary Gray of Waukesha, David (Pam) Gray of Grand Prairie, Texas, Patti (Steve) Sears of Lyons, Kan., and Richard (Lynn) Gray of Byhalia, Miss.; seventeen grandchildren, Jennifer (Ron) Koepke, Christopher Gray, Melissa (Eric) Corey, Brian Gray, Melinda (Steve) Cavaghan, Bradley Gray, Marc Gray, Katelyn (Danny) Godoy, Mary Gray, Travis (Kari) Sears, Darrel (Beth) Sears, Laura Beth (Cliff) Mullen, Michael Gray, Erin Gray, Rachel Gray and Ashley Gray; eight great-grandchildren and two more expected soon; her sister, Eloise Adams at Grant Manor, Williamstown; and brother, Andrew Work of Dry Ridge, Ky.

She was preceded in death by her grandson, Jeremy Allan Sears; one brother, Donald; and two sisters, Freda Adams and Mary Lou Dills.

Visitation will be held from 3 p.m. until the 7 p.m. funeral service Thursday, Sept. 28, at the Southside Church of Christ, 1933 W. Grange Ave., Milwaukee. Monroe Hawley, minister, will officiate. Entombment to be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Wisconsin Memorial Park in Brookfield.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Southside Church of Christ or Wisconsin Youth Camp would be appreciated.

A thanks of appreciation to the nursing staff at Waukesha Memorial Hospital intensive care unit and fourth northwest floor for their loving, kind, and professional care.

Mealy’s Funeral Home, 594-2442, is serving the Gray family.