Visitation4:00-7:00pm on Tuesday, November 27 at the O'Connell Family Funeral Home of Hudson
Funeral Services1:00pm on Wednesday, November 28 at the O'Connell Family Funeral Home of Hudson
Roberta Joy “Bobby” Gray, age 72 of Hudson WI, died early on the morning of November 24, 2012 at her home, surrounded by her family. Bobby was born November 30, 1939 in Gary, Indiana to parents Robert Samuel and Elva Virginia (Andersen) Powers. She moved with her family to Madison, WI, where she attended elementary school, and graduated from Madison West High School. Bobby then attended UW-Madison where she earned her degree in nursing.
Bobby worked as a school nurse for the Rondo School in Saint Paul, and for the Stillwater School District as well, but even more so, she enjoyed her time spent as a stay-at-home mom. Bobby would be united in marriage to Milo Arthur Gray on August 7, 1978 in Watertown SD. In her free time, Bobby enjoyed traveling the United States and Canada. She also enjoyed flower gardening and floral arranging. She enjoyed music, playing both the piano and the dulcimer, as well as other instruments.
Bobby was both a gifted painter, and a talented quilt maker. She quilted with others as a member of the Hudson Heritage Quilters. As a quilter, and a woman of faith, Bobby had a simple, inspirational truism that she availed in her life: “A day hemmed in prayer seldom unravels.” A passionate Christian and gifted artist, Bobby shared her love of Christ with all she met. Her beautiful quilts will comfort those she loved. She will be missed by her family and many friends in Christ.
Bobby is survived by her husband, Milo; her sons, Jeff (Debra) Powers and their daughter Emilia, Steven (Kristen) Gray and their children Noah, Micah, and Ruth; step-sons Robert (Cindy) Gray and foster son Elijah, David (Sarah) Gray and their children Gordon, Oliver, Calvin, and David Jr.; her mother Elva Powers; and her sister Virginia (Jim) LaMotte. She was preceded in death by her father Robert Samuel Powers; and her daughter Cynthia Lynn Thompson.
Celebration of Life Services for Bobby Gray will be held at 1:00pm on Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home, 520 S. 11th Street in Hudson. Burial will follow at the Fairview Cemetery in Stillwater, Minnesota. Visitation will be held 1 hour prior to services on Wednesday, and from 4:00-7:00pm on Tuesday, November 27. Services are in the care of the O’Connell Family Funeral Home of Hudson WI. 715-386-3725 www.oconnellfuneralhomes.com