Sylvia A. (Prather) Gray, age 84, passed away peacefully with her husband by her side, on Tuesday afternoon, December 29, 2020 at Franciscan St. Francis Health in Indianapolis. She was a resident of Morgantown.
Sylvia was born February 25, 1936 in Detroit, Michigan to her parents, the late Gerald O. and Vera M. (Kinnick) Prather. Her family moved back to Indianapolis six weeks after her birth and settled in Beech Grove, where she graduated from high school in 1954. While in high school, she met the love of her life, Earl Gray. They married May 1, 1955 and remained in Beech Grove and started their family. As the family grew they moved to Southport until May 1969 then moved to Greenwood. In the summer of 1978 they built their dream home on their lake in Morgantown.
Just after they were married, Sylvia and Earl started their business, Earl Gray & Sons Plumbing in Bargersville and worked together for many years retiring in 1998.
She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and homemaker.
Sylvia and Earl were fortunate to be able to travel to many places in the world with their family and the several friends they made in their life. In retirement, they became snow birds in Odessa, Florida where they made many new friends.
Sylvia learned to play golf in retirement and had many good times. She also enjoyed cooking and being a member of several organiztions such as Jobs Daughters (where she was an Honored Queen), Eastern Star, Jaycees, the mothers of twins club (now called parents of multiples) and the Ladies Auxiliary for the Plumbing, Heating, Cooling Contractors. She was also a member of the Morgantown United Methodist Church. Sylvia held many offices in these organizations and worked hard for their success all while working in the business and raising four children.
She is survived by her loving husband of 65 years, C. Earl Gray. She is also by her children Jeri Ann (Bruce) Mitchell of Bargersville, Kathi Gray (Kathy Roberts) of Franklin, Mike (Carrie) Gray and Mark (Cindy) Gray both of Trafalgar, twelve grandchildren: Michelle (John) Bennett, Brian (Amanda) Mitchell, Joshua (Miranda) Gray, Justin (Ashlie) Gray, Michaela (Nick) Cheek, Katie Gray, Hannah Gray, Cody (Abby) Roberts, Dakota (Haley) Roberts, Luke Roberts, Noah Roberts and McKenna Roberts; eight great-grandchildren: Anthony Mitchell, Ella Mitchell, Kyle Mitchell, Bella Bennett, Everett Gray, James Roberts, Will Roberts and Matthias Cheek and one on the way and one great-great grandchild Tanner Mitchell.
Sylvia was preceded in death by her parents; and two sister, Marylin Wright and Janet Windell.
Rev. Burt Brock and Pastor Ann Spahr will conduct a graveside service at 1 p.m. on Wednesday at East Hill Cemetery in Morgantown. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Meredith-Clark Funeral Home Cremation & Personalization Center in Morgantown. The graveside service will be livestreamed through Meredith-Clark Funeral Home’s Facebook page.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent in honor of Sylvia to the Shriner's Hospital for Children, 2900 Rocky Point Dr., Tampa, FL 33607 and or Morgantown United Methodist Church Trustee’s Fund, PO Box 226, Morgantown, IN 46160.
Condolences may be made to the Gray family at www.meredith-clark.com.
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