Ruth L. Gray

TRIMONT – Celebration of Life services for Ruth L. Gray, 92, of Trimont, Minn., will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 21, 2014, at First Lutheran Church in Trimont, Minn., with Pastor Stephanie Christoffels officiating. Burial will be in First Lutheran Cemetery, rural Trimont, Minn.

Ruth was called to her eternal rest on Sunday morning, May 18, 2014, at Trimont Health Care Center in Trimont, Minn. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. today at Kramer Family Funeral Home in Trimont, and one hour prior to the services on Wednesday at the church.

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Ruth Leola Peterson was born June 4, 1921, in Rutland Township, Martin County, Minn., the daughter of Earl and Ella (Rettke) Peterson. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. She attended school in Northrop, Minn., graduating from the 8th grade in District #75, Westford Township. Ruth later attended Truman High School. On Aug. 31, 1939, she was united in marriage to Albert Gray in Wibaux, Mont. This union was to last for 71 years until Albert’s death on Aug. 30, 2010. After they were married, she and Albert worked on a farm in Nashville Township. They moved to Trimont, Minn., in 1943. They joined First Lutheran Church, where Ruth was very active in the Ladies Aid. She served as secretary, vice president and president of that organization as well as Circle leader. Ruth taught Sunday School and Wednesday Bible School. She served on Altar and Sunshine Committees for many years. She became church custodian and worked in that capacity for 10 years. Ruth became leader of both Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts while her children were members of those groups. She belonged to Foster-Bernhardt Legion Auxiliary for several years. She acted as President and Secretary many times. Ruth was active in the Monterey Flower Club and Triumph Woman’s Club. She often held down different jobs for the Trimont Fun Fest program. Ruth was employed by Tony Downs in St. James. She started working on the line and then taught herself how to work on quality control and finally working in the bacterial lab, retiring in 1986. She was an avid sports fan, enjoying baseball, football and basketball especially when her sons and grandchildren played. She liked to craft, sew, crochet, embroider, and quilt, producing some excellent finished products. She loved flowers and was the caretaker of a wonderful flower garden at her home. She shared her beautiful flowers with the church, friends and family. She was particularly fond of roses. Her greatest treasures on earth were her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren along with her many friends.

Survivors include: her children, Jerry (Alice) Gray of Trimont, Janet (Roger) Meyer of Ham Lake, Minn., and Jim (Kristine) Gray of Cormorant, Minn.; her grandchildren, David (Lynette) Gray of Pelican Rapids, Minn., Jim (Mary Ann) Gray of Bismark, N.D., Charles (Linda) Hoekman of Ramsey, Minn., Kamla (Curtis) Jacobson of Chaska, Minn., Ben Gray of Detroit Lakes, Minn., and Rebecca Gray of Rib Lake, Wis.; 11 great-grandchildren, Michaela and Hunter Gray, Elijah and Ezra Gray, Hannah, Emma, and John Hoekman, Simon, Augustus, and Penelope Jacobson and Dante Gray; her brother, Harold (Leone) Peterson of Mission, Texas; sisters-in-law, Ione Gray of Truman, Minn., and Darlene Gray of Colorado Springs, Colo.; as well as many nieces, nephews, and many cherished friends.

Ruth was preceded in death by her husband, Albert; her parents; parents-in-law; her beloved grandson, John Gray; son-in-law, Richard Hoekman; her brother, Herbert Peterson; two sisters and their husbands, Esther and Leroy Moeller, Hazel and Herbert Schultze; sister-in-law, Agnes Rice Hubrig; two brothers-in-law, Donald and Darrold Gray; and other relatives.