Phyllis E. Gray
ROCA -- Phyllis Elaine Gray, 74, of Benkelman, died Thursday (Jan. 17, 2002) at her daughter's home in Roca. She was born May 31, 1927, in Dundy County to David A. and Manila A. (Osborn) Merklin. She attended school in Dundy County.
On January 21, 1944, she married Ozro James Gray, at Cheyenne, Wyo. She graduated in 1971 from the Western Nebraska College of Nursing in Scottsbluff and returned to Benkelman where she was employed by Dundy County Hospital. She was later employed by Hester Memorial Home in Benkelman where she was the Director of Nursing and Social Services. She was active in the church choir and the American Legion Auxiliary. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ozro James Gray in 1974; three brothers, William Merklin, Donovan Merklin and George Merklin in infancy; one sister, Audra White; and her granddaughter, Christine Miller.
Survivors include daughters, Jeanne Harmon of Mesa, Ariz., and husband, Mark of McCook, Aloha Kier and husband, Jack of Council, Idaho, Luana Gray of Roca, and Anna Gray of Fairmont; one brother, David O. Merklin and wife, Arlene of Benkelman; nine grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Memorial services will be Monday, 10 a.m. MST, at the Friends Church in Benkelman with Rev. Robert Sander officiating. Inurnment will follow services at the Benkelman Cemetery.
There will be no visitation.
Arrangements are under the direction of Forch Funeral Chapel of Benkelman.