Betty Louise Gray, age 87, passed away peacefully at her residence on Dec. 8.
Betty was born Nov. 14, 1931 in Cañon City, Colo. to Elmer Haskell and Mary Anna (Sumruld) Watkins. Betty spent most of her childhood in the Cañon City area, and attended high school in Pueblo.
Betty married the love of her life George Filmore Gray on March 28, 1948. They raised three children, George Kenneth, Gary Lee, and Carol Karen. They resided in Gunnison County for most of their married life as well as Pueblo, Hotchkiss and Montrose. Betty was employed as a cook with the Gunnison County School as well as Gunnison County Hospital. She was a long-time member of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Gunnison. She enjoyed reading, sewing, painting, needle as well as adult coloring and ceramics.
Surviving family include, her sons George Kenneth Gray (Patty) of Casper, Wyo. and Gary Lee Gray (Joyce) of Gunnison; and a daughter Carol Karen Dunn (David) of Ridgway. As well as her step children, Loretta June Anders (Don) of Pueblo; Michael Lloyd Gray (Brenda) of Parker, Ariz.
Betty is also survived by her sister Noreatta J. Hicks of Alexandria, Ohio and a brother William E. Watkins (Dorothy) of Parker, Colo. She is also survived by her precious grandchildren, Bryce Dunn (Angelena) of Chesapeake, Va.; Brandon Dunn (Jenny) of Coaldale, Colo.; Melinda McDonough (Cody) of Montrose; Wylie Gray (Krystal) of Montrose; Ryan Gray (Kari) of Brighton, Colo.; and nine great-grandchildren; Colten Dunn, Justin Dunn, Kinsley Dunn, Sophia Dunn, Breeanna McDonough, Parker McDonough, Tanner Gray, Kolby Gray, and Holden Gray; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and step-grandchildren.
Preceded in death by her parents, husband George Gray, sister Alma Ruth Barker, brothers Vernon Watkins, Robert (Bob) Watkins, stepson Mitchell Gray, nephew Normon Barker and step-grandson Mikel Anglund.
Our mother was an amazing mother and woman. She loved her family unconditionally. Everyone who knew her loved her. She had a great sense of humor and was always laughing. She was kind, caring and loved life. If someone needed help, she was one of the first to offer her help. Our dad was the love of her life. They were married 52 years before our dad passed away in 2000. They loved to dance. They actually met at a dance. They especially loved being with family. Christmas was our mom and dad’s favorite time of year.
A funeral service in loving memory of Betty is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 15 at 11 a.m. at the Multi-Purpose Building at the Gunnison County Fairgrounds, with Pastor Rick Barton officiating.
Burial will follow at the Gunnison County Cemetery. A reception will follow the burial at Joyce and Gary Gray’s residence at 217 Tomichi Ln. in Gunnison.
Memorial contributions in loving memory of Betty may be made to Volunteers of America Senior Community Care, 2377 Robins Way, Montrose, Colo., 81401 or www.voaseniorliving.com; and American Diabetes Association, 2460 W. 26th Ave. #500C, Denver, Colo., 80211.
Crippin Funeral Home of Montrose is assisting the family.