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Harriet Ellen Gray

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Harriet Ellen Gray, of Charles City and formerly of Spencer, Ia., passed away at Cedar Health in Charles City on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011, six days shy of her 83rd birthday.

Harriet was born on Oct. 14, 1928, at home, the daughter of Christian and Ruth Jespersen. Her early years were spent on the farm outside Armstrong and she received her education at a small country school in Maple Hill, Ia., graduating in 1946.

After her high school graduation, she married Leo Gray in 1947 and went to work for Bell Telephone as an operator. A job she held through her retirement in 1987.

Harriet's marriage to Leo produced four children, Craig Leo, Jonna Christine, Catherine Ann and Joel Lynn. Harriet and Leo later divorced.

Harriet enjoyed many hobbies including playing cards, bingo, knitting, sewing, handwork, watching westerns and spending time with her friends and family. She was active in many charities including the Red Cross and Spencer Chamber of Commerce.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and two children, Craig in infancy and Jonna Christine Thompson in 2006.

Left to cherish her memory are her sister, Velma White, of Estherville; her children: Catherine (Gene) Hall and Joel (Penny) Gray of Charles City; grandchildren: Heather (Alex) Fox, of Omaha, Neb., Courtney Ackerberg of Sioux City, Ia., John Hall of North Liberty, Ia., Christopher Hall of West Des Moines, Ia. and Paige Gray of Charles City; five great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

No services are planned at this time.