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Thelma L. Kray, age 93, Cromwell Dr., Geneva, died peacefully Wednesday afternoon at her residence.
She was born Dec. 20, 1923, in Denmark Township, the daughter of Harold E. and Bertha I. (Leonard) Walker and lived in Jefferson all of her life before moving to Geneva in 1990. She was married to Stephen L. Kray on Dec. 7, 1940, at the Bulah Methodist Church parsonage.
Thelma's greatest joy was her family, spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She loved to go shopping, going out to eat, watch wrestling and enjoyed sewing. She and Stephen enjoyed camping at Kenessee Camp Grounds.
Her survivors include five children, Richard L. (Mary) Kray of Ft. Smith, Alaska, Jane L. (David) Valitsky of Yulee, Fla., Judy A. Kowalski of Miami, Fla., Jeanne L. (Dan) Doll of Harpersfield Township and Susan K. (Ernie) Auciello of Painesville; 16 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and a sister, Doris J. Rider of Andover.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Stephen in 2005; a grandson, Steven Kray; a great-granddaughter, Hannah Leigh-Jane; a sister, Mildred A. Bates; and three brothers, Alan A., Calvin A. and Howard E. Walker.
Funeral Services will be held Monday, May 1st, 1 p.m. at the Jefferson Home of FLEMING & BILLMAN FUNERAL DIRECTORS AND CREMATORY, 49 W. Jefferson St., Jefferson, with the Rev Mick Gilliam officiating. Burial will be in Oakdale Cemetery.
Visitation will be held Monday from 12 - 1 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be directed to Hospice of the Western Reserve, 1166 Lake Ave., Ashtabula, Ohio 44004.
The Fleming & Billman Funeral Homes and staff are privileged to serve the Thelma Kray family. Visit fleming-billman.com to view obituary, express condolences, send a flower or light a candle.
Published on April 28, 2017
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