Obituary of Betty Hunt Gray
Betty Hunt Gray, 88, of Shawnee, Kansas, formerly of Windsor, Missouri, died Friday morning, February 24, 2017, at the Shawnee Mission Medical Center, Shawnee Mission, Kansas.
She was born September 6, 1928, in Windsor, Mo., the daughter of Rochelle Isaac Hunt and Gladys Vance Hunt. On June 30, 1956, at the Harmony Baptist Church she married Myron Stratton Gray and he preceded her in death on August 8, 1986.
After graduating from Lincoln High School, Betty earned a Bachelor of Science in Education from Central Missouri State Teachers College (now University of Central Missouri). She went on to earn a Master’s degree in Music Education from the University of Illinois. She taught in the Santiago rural school for 2 years, elementary music 3 years in Raytown, Mo. and 3 years in Webster Groves, and then in Clinton, Mo., teaching Junior High Music for 3 years.
After retiring from teaching to be on the family farm as a full-time mother, her avocation was church music. Betty was a very active member of the First Baptist Church, Windsor. She was the church choir director for 34 years. She taught children’s Sunday School for 18 years, Vacation Bible School for many years, and was an adult Sunday School teacher in later years. She was active in the Women’s Missionary Union and the Roundtable Book Club of the church.
Survivors include a son, Richard Gray and his wife Kris McCann, Shawnee, Kansas; a daughter, Myra Gray Fouts and her husband Scott, Fredericksburg, Virginia; 4 grandchildren, Jacob Gray and wife Kelsey Hixson-Bowles, Nathan Gray, Jordyn Fouts, and David Fouts; a great-grandchild to be born in April; a brother, Harold Hunt and his wife Helen, Lee’s Summit, Mo.; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. In addition to her husband, Myron, she was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Wigton, and a brother, Robert Hunt.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, February 28, 2017, at the First Baptist Church, Windsor, with Rev. Scott Fouts officiating, Rev. Richard Copeland, and Rev. Doug Hall assisting. Burial will be in the Laurel Oak Cemetery, Windsor. The family will receive friends Monday evening from 6-8 at the Hadley Funeral Home, Windsor. The family suggests contributions to the First Baptist Church Scholarship Fund in care of the funeral home.