Nina Ruth Gray, 77, of Chillicothe, Mo., died Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, at Indian Hills in Chillicothe.

Nina was born Feb. 10, 1936, in rural Davies County, near Jameson, Mo., the daughter of Herald Wilton Elmore and Lorean Agnes Barlow Elmore. On March 20, 1955, Nina married Garnie Edgar "Pat" Gray Jr. in Jameson, and became a life-long homemaker. Pat preceded her in death just two months after celebrating their 50th anniversary, in 2005.

She was a graduate of Jameson High School.

Nina and Pat farmed in Davies County until 1960, when they moved to McCloud, Calif., where she raised three children. In 1980, they moved to Battle Mountain, Nev., where she looked after grandchildren. After retiring in 1991, they moved back to McCloud, until 1995, when they moved to Trenton, Mo. After the death of her husband in 2005, she moved to Chillicothe, with her daughter.

She was a member of the Jameson Baptist Church, and a 50-year member of The Order of Eastern Star, Gallatin, Mo.

Nina enjoyed baking and decorating cakes, ceramics, crafting of all kinds, and flower gardening.

She is survived by two sons, Garnie Edgar Gray III and wife Michele of Spring Creek, Nev., and Harold Dean Gray and wife Andrea of Chillicothe; one daughter, Beverly Joann Martin of Chillicothe; seven grandchildren, Sarah Lorean Martin (Joe), Jacob Tyler Martin (Kelsey), Aaron Patrick Gray, Coty Alan Gray, Harold Dean Gray, Jr. "DJ", Nina May Gray, and Brooklyn Savanna Gray; three step-grandchildren, Zackary Nickolas, Ashley Marie, and Alyssa Nicole; one great granddaughter, Kaylor Justice Gray; a sister, Marjorie Arleene Evans and husband Bob of Liberty, Mo.; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Pat Gray; sister, Sharon Francis Durham; and a brother, Ralph Wayne Elmore.

Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m., on Saturday, March 23, 2013, at Heritage Funeral Home, Chillicothe, Mo.

Memorials in honor of Nina Gray may be made to the Kidney Foundation or the Alzheimer's Association, and left at the funeral home or mailed to Heritage Funeral Home, 3141 N. Washington, Chillicothe, MO 64601.

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Arrangements are under the direction of Heritage Funeral Home, Chillicothe, Mo.