Dora Francis Gray
by Dee Bishop
ODESSA — Dora Francis Wootan Gray was born in Mason County, Texas, on
Nov. 10, 1918, to Sam Houston and Lillie Henry Wootan. She passed from
this life on Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2004.
Dora married Moore Gray on Sept. 16, 1940. She was blessed with an
instant family, as Moore brought his children, Moreen and Donald Wayne
to this union. A daughter and son, Naomi and Nathan were later born and
completed the family.
She always had time to play with her children, teaching them about God
and disciplining them in her gentle, loving and patient way. When
grandchildren came along, she continued to spend hours sewing for them,
playing games and entertaining them with stories and songs. She was
never too busy to get down on the floor and play with the children. She
always took time to be with her family.
She was a dedicated Christian lady and was a longtime member of the
First United Pentecostal Church. She was a Sunday school teacher for the
junior class for many years. Dora took her relationship with God
seriously, and prayed daily for her friends and family members.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Moore Gray; her sister, Selma
Elliott; two grandsons; and her dear friends, Louise Johnston and Ruth
She is survived by her four children and their spouses, Nathan and
Elaine Gray, Naomi and Larry Bunch, Donald Wayne and Faye Gray, and
Moreen and Don Butchee. She is also survived by her 10 grandchildren and
16 great-grandchildren, with another one expected soon. She will also be
greatly missed by her sister, Helen Sanders, her brothers, A.C. Wootan
and Sam Wootan and their spouses, as well as numerous nieces, nephews
and a host of friends.
The family will be receiving visitors from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5,
2004, at Hubbard-Kelly Funeral Home.
A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 6, 2004, at the
First United Pentecostal Church with Rev. Terry Pugh officiating.
Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens.
Services entrusted to Hubbard-Kelly Funeral Home.