MaryAnn Gray

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MaryAnn Gray
February 12, 1932 to October 2, 2018

MaryAnn Gray, 86, of Elkader, Iowa, died Tuesday, October 2, 2018, at the Elkader Care Center. MaryAnn Seeland Gray, daughter of Louis and Florence (Drallmeier) Seeland, was born February 12, 1932, in Boardman Township at her family home. She was baptized May 15, 1932, at Lutheran Lions Lutheran Church at Clayton Center, Iowa.

She went to Boardman country school through junior high and then Elkader High School where she graduated on May 21, 1950. She met Arlyn Gerald Gray through mutual friends, Merlin and Lenora Mae Anderson, and they married on December 7, 1950 at Peace Evangelical Church of Christ, Elkader. She was confirmed March 18, 1951, by Rev. Paul Kitterer, Peace Evangelical Church of Christ, Elkader.

Four children were born to this marriage, Cheryl, Jay (Lynn), Dean and Duane. MaryAnn and Arlyn raised and provided for their children on her home farm, that now is 140 years in the Seeland/Gray family.    

She enjoyed cooking for her family and church, spending many hours in Peace Church’s kitchen. She also loved her flower and vegetable gardens with some of her flowers still blooming at the farm.  She worked on the farm, helping to milk and drive tractor (her favorite job was raking hay).  She and Arlyn loved to go fishing on the family pontoon, and spent many evenings dancing to a local country music band. Every anniversary of theirs and their close friends’, Merlin and Lenora Mae Anderson and Sylvan and Mary Torkelson, were spent together for 60 years. They belonged to a neighborhood card club and she was an excellent euchre player, known by the family as “the winner.” Every Wednesday night for many years she bowled for Lynn’s hairstyling. They enjoyed all their special outings and trips and their yearly fishing expeditions.  She was an active member of the Friendly Neighborhood Club, Woman’s Fellowship and Deborah Circle of Peace Church in which she held many offices. She was also on the board of Scenic Acres.

MaryAnn was very proud of her children, and her grandchildren were the light of her life. In later years the great-grandchildren always brought a smile to her face.

Survivors include her children: Cheryl (Don) Bossard of Farmersburg, IA; Jay “Lynn” Gray of Tucson, AZ; Dean (Joanne) Gray of St. Olaf, IA; and Duane (Ruth) Gray of Thomson, IL; nine grandchildren, Ann (Jeremy) Smith, Jerry (Kelly) Bossard, Talitha (Joe) Kozlowski, Rebecca Gray, Sarah (Todd) Lawson, Abby (Dan) Palmeri, David Gray, Steven (Nicole) Gray and Flora Gray; four step-grandchildren, Christopher Jones, Jonathan (Kate) Jones, Andrea (Jeff) Braunger and Angela (Chad) Jilek; four great-grandchildren, Domenik Smith, Skylar Palmeri, Ciera Gray, Jackson Gray; 10 step-great-grandchildren, Madeleine Jones, Meagan Jones, Mackenzie VanWinkle, Xander Jones, Xavier Jones, Gabriel Jones, Ethan Braunger, Avary Braunger, Kinsey Jilek and Kamryn Jilek; her sisters, Eileen Smith of Marion, IA  and Florene (Lee) Kopecky of Cedar Rapids; her sister in laws, Alice Sorenson of Ames, IA and Lavon Gray of Blue Grass, IA; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

MaryAnn was preceded in death by her husband Arlyn; her parents; her sister, Amy Dvorak; her brothers-in-law, Eugene Dvorak, Les Smith, Alan Gray, and Harold “Chris” Sorenson; and her brother-in-law and sister-in-law Harold and Arlene Dicus.

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