Mary Ruth Gray, 86, of Memphis died Thursday, January 3, 2019 at Scotland County Care Center in Memphis.

She was born the daughter of Chauncey and Ruth (Northrup) Trask on November 27, 1932 in Memphis.  

Mary graduated from the Memphis High School.

She married Robert Gray on September 8, 1951 in Miami, MO. He preceded her in death on August 8, 1994.

Mary was employed as a waitress at various restaurants. She enjoyed country music, dancing, traveling and being with her family.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and brothers, McFarland, Edward, James and Maurice.

She is survived by her children, Connie Goodwin (Tim Current), Rick (Cindy) Gray and Rodney Gray, all of Memphis, and Kathy Gray and Kelley (Eddie) VanHoose, all of Kirksville; brothers, Dale (Maria) Trask of Columbia, MO and Harry Alan (Brenda) Trask of Burke, VA; sisters-in-law, Willa Trask of Springfield, MO and Pauline Trask of Bethany, MO; grandchildren Jack (Jessica) Goodwin of Ozark, MO, Rod Gray of St. Louis, Dustin Bliefert of Kirksville, Miranda (Patrick) Kelley of Lynn Center, IL, Jacob (Jessica) VanHoose of Hallsville, MO, and Justin VanHoose of Kirksville; nine great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and friends. She loved everybody, touching the lives of everyone she knew.

Funeral services were January 8 at the Gerth Funeral Chapel in Memphis with Jack Sumption, pastor of the Memphis First Christian Church officiating.   Jack Goodwin, Rod Gray, Dustin Bliefert, Jacob VanHoose, Justin VanHoose, Tim Current and Patrick Kelley served as pallbearers. 

Burial was in the Memphis Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to the Scotland County Care Center and can be left at or mailed to the Gerth Funeral Service, 115 S. Main St., Memphis, MO 63555.

Condolences many be sent to the Gray family by signing the online guestbook at

Arrangements were under the direction of the Gerth Funeral Service.