Dorothy Ellen Wray, 90, formerly of Iola, passed away Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013, at Emeritus at Spicewood Springs in Austin, Texas.
Dorothy was born May 19, 1923, in Iola to Henry R. and Ruth Strong Hess. She attended Iola schools and is a graduate of Iola High School and Iola Junior College. Following graduation in 1943, she taught a year in a rural school and in 1944 went to Jefferson Elementary School where she taught second grade until 1949. Dorothy continued her education at Emporia State and Pittsburg State.
On Oct. 16, 1949, Dorothy was married to Maurice C. Wray in Iola. In 1951 she returned to teaching as a substitute teacher in USD 257, a position she held for 42 years, retiring in 1993.
She was a lifetime member of the First Christian Church where she served as a Sunday school teacher, a member of the diaconate, an elder and was a member of the chancel choir for more than 40 years.
A member of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 15, Dorothy was a charter member of the Allen County Hospital Auxiliary holding various offices including president. She was a very active member and promoter of bloodmobiles in Iola and served as chairwoman of the Community Bloodmobile program for more than 10 years.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, Maurice Wray, in 1996, son, Hal Wray in 2009 and siblings, Glenroy Hess, Katherine Waite, Marion Foster and Louise Baker. She is survived by her sons, Mike and his wife, Barbara, Austin, Texas, and son Eric, Fort Scott; daughter-in-law Angela Wray, Moran; as well as grandsons Dr. Charlie Wray and his wife, Dr. Jennifer Wray, Loma Linda, Calif.; Scott Wray and his wife Ashley, Clear Lake, Texas; and granddaughter, Kelly Wray, Austin and College Station, Texas.
Dorothy moved to Austin with Mike and his family in 2008 and is now returned to her Iola home.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, at Waugh-Yokum & Friskel Chapel in Iola, where the family will received friends from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Burial will be at Highland Cemetery, Iola.
Memorials may be made to the First Christian Church or Allen County Regional Hospital Auxiliary to benefit the Community Blood Drive.
Memorial gifts may be left with Waugh-Yokum & Friskel Memorial Chapel of Iola.
Online condolences may be left at www.iolafuneral.com.
Wilma “Jean” Clark, 73, passed away Friday, Oct. 2, 2015, at the Unviersity of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan. .Jean attended school in Iola. Jean’s employment was in production, truck driving... [More]
Cheryl E. Tedder, 64, Iola, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015, at Iola Nursing Center. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Friday at the First Christian Church in Iola. Burial will be in Iola’s Highland Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to First Christian... [More]
Joan Beal Beck, 83, of Iola, Kansas, died Monday, October 5, 2015 at Windsor Place in Iola.She was born February 13, 1932, Ω mile west of the Diamond Methodist Church in Deer Creek Township in Allen County on the family farm to Albert Linn Beal and Grace Henrietta Hardin... [More]
Man’s best friend is making his way to the Bowlus stage this weekend.Allen Community College Theatre will present, “Snoopy: The Musical” tonight, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 at the Bowlus Fine Arts Center.The musical brings the beloved “Peanuts”... [More]
ELSMORE — Gone are the days when sounding the local storm siren meant dispatching somebody to the Elsmore fire barn to manually sound the alarm.Thanks in part to a collaborative effort with the city of Elsmore, Allen County’s 911 communications center and Thrive... [More]
The search is over.The inaugural Farm-City Days Medallion Hunt ended late Tuesday afternoon at the old Fred Funston homesite north of Iola.Brothers Joseph and Jason DeVoe and other family members searched for about 45 minutes before finding the small, metal medallion fastened... [More]
For men’s coach Doug Desmarteau, it had been 17 days. For women’s soccer coach Jeremy McGinnis, it had been 18 days.Both the men’s and women’s soccer coaches for Allen Community College entered Wednesday starving for a conference win. Each of them had... [More]
The Allen Community College volleyball team continued its recent losing skid Wednesday when it fell to Cowley Community College in three sets at home (25-16, 25-11, 26-24).The loss marks the seventh straight for the Lady Red Devils, who are now 5-16 overall and 1-5 in the Kansas... [More]