Luella Esther Matilda Gray, 83, Huntingburg
Died Tuesday (July 7) at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. She was born in Holland January 17, 1932, to Daniel C. and Lena (Nussmeyer) Schroeder. She married Harvey Gray of Reelsville June 30, 1951.
Luella was a 1950 graduate of Holland High School. She enjoyed camping, hiking, and traveling to historical places. During her family’s travels she visited 44 of the 48 contiguous states. While researching her genealogy, she discovered she was a distant cousin to Neil Armstrong and felt a strong bond with him. Ironically, while employed at P.R. Mallory’s in Greencastle she helped make the capacitor that was used in the Apollo mission for Armstrong’s lift off flight from the moon. She loved to play the piano and organ until she lost her hearing, to plant flowers, read, do crossword and jigsaw puzzles, and write letters to family and friends. She was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ in Holland.
She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Harvey Gray; two daughters, Lee Ann Gray, Cloverdale, and Ginger Ward, Valkaria, Florida; one son, Michael Gray and wife Sheila, Brownsburg; one brother, Melvin Schroeder, Holland; one sister, Mildred Helmerich, Huntingburg; four grandchildren, Joe Siebrase, Zionsville, Nathan Siebrase, Tybee Island, Georgia, Mahala Gadley, Cleveland, Ohio, and Eric Ward, Florida; two step-grandchildren, Suzette Corradi and James Burton; two great-grandchildren, Cole Siebrase and Paige Gadley; three step great-grandchildren, Aaron and Morgan Corradi and Christian Burton; one great-great-grandson, Owen Corradi; and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service at 2 p.m. (EDT) Saturday, July 18, at St. Paul United Church of Christ in Holland. Pastor Debbie Roe will officiate. Friends may call from 1 to 2 p.m. July 18 at the church. Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg is in charge of arrangements. There will be no visitation at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to St. Paul Church. Condolences may be shared online at www.nassandson.com.