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Emma Lynn Gray
Emma Lynn GrayCanningEmma Lynn Gray, 87, of Richwood, died peacefully Tuesday afternoon January 5, 2021 at the Bluebird Retirement Community.

She was born March 11, 1933 in Ashland, Kentucky to the late Jack and Martha (Gibbons) Boaz. She was also preceded in death by a grandson, John Steilyn Gray-Martin.

Emma Lynn retired from the Harold Lewis School in Marysville where she worked for nearly 40 years. She was an active, dedicated member of the Magnetic Springs United Methodist Church where she taught Sunday School for 40 years.

She served her community as a member of the Richwood-North Union Library Board from 1987 to 2006, having been an instrumental part of the 2004 addition and renovation. She had also served on the Union County Board of Developmental Disabilities

She was an artistic person, enjoying painting, crafts, canning, gardening and cooking. Her family was very dear to her; she cherished all the time she spent with them. Lynn and Dick loved to travel.

Surviving is her husband, Richard “Dick” Gray whom she married September 22, 1952 in Indiana. Also surviving are their sons: John David (Linda) Gray of Radcliff, Kentucky; James A. (Judy) Gray of Richwood; Stuart A. (Christy) Gray of Richwood; and Thomas Richard (Kim) Gray of Powell; grandchildren: Betsy Ann (Tony) Baer, Casey (Lucas) Daum, Michael (Natalie) Gray, Tyler (Holly) Gray, Amie Gray, Delaney Gray and Jamison Gray; great grandchildren: Sam, Levi, Cora, Micah, Henry, Harrison, Serour, Emmalynn and Eli.

Public graveside services will be held Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 11:00 AM at the Claibourne Cemetery with Pastor Judy Cramer officiating. There will be private family calling hours.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Magnetic Springs United Methodist Church at 113 Olive Street Magnetic Springs, OH 43036 and Chapel Hill House, P.O. Box 499, Prospect, OH 43342.

The Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home is assisting the family.

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#1 from: Carol and Roy Barr
Wed, Jan 6, 2021 at 12:18 PM

Judy and Jim, Roy and I are so sorry for your loss. Prayers for you and your family.

#2 from: Peggy Hall
Wed, Jan 6, 2021 at 12:28 PM

So sorry for your loss. She was a great lady. Prayers for all your family

#3 from: Larry Nibert
Wed, Jan 6, 2021 at 12:29 PM

Sorry for your loss

#4 from: Bill Moore Family
Wed, Jan 6, 2021 at 12:47 PM

So sorry for your loss. Our family's thoughts and prayers are with you.

#5 from: Jerry and Peg Gray Weaver
Wed, Jan 6, 2021 at 1:22 PM

To the family of Emma Lynn, we are so sorry to hear of her passing. She was a wonderful lady. Tiny but powerful. We have many great memories of her and Dick in Hawaiian Isles in Ruskin Florida. She will be missed.
May God bless you all with His peace and comfort in knowing she is now whole, Healthy and standing in the presence of Jesus.

#6 from: Billie Jordan
Wed, Jan 6, 2021 at 1:34 PM

So sorry for your loss🙏

#7 from: johna nibert
Wed, Jan 6, 2021 at 1:43 PM

So sorry to hear of Emma's death. I know she will be truly missed. Loved waiting on her when I worked at the Grocery store. Was always so happy.Been years ago. Your family has my sympathy
                  Johna Nibert

#8 from: Karen Ross
Wed, Jan 6, 2021 at 1:54 PM

Mark and I are so sorry to hear about this! Our deepest condolences and prayers for you all!

#9 from: Deana Mitchell
The villages,Fla
Wed, Jan 6, 2021 at 2:15 PM

Dick and Lynn were friends for almost 50 years as a couple and Dick and Jim from
High School.We so enjoyed our Euchre Club where Lynn introduced us to and began our love of lamb chops! Our sympathies for the family in the loss of a beloved lady.

#10 from: Stacie Kunkle
Marion, Ohio
Wed, Jan 6, 2021 at 3:28 PM

Dick, Jim and Judy, and family.  We are so very sorry to hear of Lynn's passing.  She was such a sweet lady, and always enjoyed talking with her.  Sending my thoughts and prayers that you find comfort knowing she is completely healed in the presence of our Lord❤

#11 from: Joe and Marty Speyer
Wed, Jan 6, 2021 at 3:43 PM

Our deepest sympathies for your loss. I will always remember the friendship between Lynn, Dick and my parents.  

#12 from: Bruce and Becky Beery
Wed, Jan 6, 2021 at 3:47 PM

We all want to express our deepest sympathy. She was a wonderful,good and caring person with a great sense of humor. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time. Buck,Becky and Ashley

#13 from: Pam Mc Cloud Endsley
Wed, Jan 6, 2021 at 4:20 PM

I’m sorry to read of the loss of Lynn. May your memories help you during this difficult time. Thoughts and Prayers.

#14 from: Brad and Bonnie Besst
Wed, Jan 6, 2021 at 5:22 PM

So sorry to hear about the passing of Emma Lynn. She was a very sweet and creative person. We will miss her very much.

#15 from: Bob and Roxie Nauman
Wed, Jan 6, 2021 at 5:37 PM

Dick and the entire family,
Emma Lynn was a wonderful lady who helped guide many young people through the years.  We've missed her smile and wit.  She was always so willing to help us with any activity at our church. Her teasing manner was infectious.  God give you all comfort knowing she is now whole.

#16 from: Fred & Rita Rubeck Parker
10484 Hoskins Rd., Richwood
Wed, Jan 6, 2021 at 5:58 PM

Our heartfelt sympathy to the Gray family.  Emma always had a friendly smile and a kind word.

#17 from: Lora Chambers
Wed, Jan 6, 2021 at 6:38 PM

So sorry for your loss,Stu & Christy! Sending prayers

#18 from: Kara (Vance) McElroy and Family
Wed, Jan 6, 2021 at 7:14 PM

So sorry to hear of your loss. Prayers and hugs to you all!

#19 from: Chris Ransome
Pawleys Island, SC
Wed, Jan 6, 2021 at 7:32 PM

Many many fond memories of growing up with and at the Gray's home. Emma Lynn was always like a mom to me! My prayers are with you all at this time! God's love and peace be with you all. I know how much you'll miss her! In loving memory! Chris & Becky

#20 from: Marge Retterer
Wed, Jan 6, 2021 at 8:16 PM

Dick and family, I am so sorry to hear of Lynn’s passing!  We had a lot of fun playing Euchre and camping,  good ole days!!sincerely, Marge

#21 from: Matt and Angie Justin
Wed, Jan 6, 2021 at 8:21 PM

To the whole family, Matt and I are so sorry for your loss. She was such a special part of both of our lives. I loved spending time with her. She will truly be missed. Love to all

#22 from: Randy & Barbara Sullivan
Wed, Jan 6, 2021 at 8:21 PM

To all the family, we thought a lot of Emma Lynn. She was fun to visit with and get to know especially at fairboard parties. She and Dick played a lot of cards and had a lot of laughs with my parents. Our thoughts and prayers have been with you and will continue. Love to all! Randy and Barb

#23 from: Julia and Don Thogmartin
Seabrook Island, SC
Wed, Jan 6, 2021 at 8:28 PM

We are so sorry for your loss. We will cherish the many memories that we have of Lynn, Dick and the entire family.

#24 from: Dan Foos
Richwood, Ohio
Thu, Jan 7, 2021 at 3:38 PM

We send our sympathy, she was a good lady.r

#25 from: Pat Krebehenne
Thu, Jan 7, 2021 at 6:18 PM

My love and sympathy to the whole family. So many good memories as a church member with my parents and as I babysat for you boys when they went to card club. She was undoutedly one of the best wives Mother and grandmother I have ever known. Always the same happy helpful beautiful woman. She will be missed and remembered by many. Good memories family and your faith will get you through. Sincerely Pat Krebehenne and family

#26 from: Paul&  Betty Jo Shoup
Upper Sandusky Oh
Thu, Jan 7, 2021 at 6:37 PM

To the Family of Lynn Gray

#27 from: Dan and Ann McElfresh
Kenton Ohio
Fri, Jan 8, 2021 at 8:16 AM

We are very sorry for your loss. Prayers to your family.

#28 from: Mike Heifner
Fri, Jan 8, 2021 at 9:42 AM

Union County lost a pioneer in the developmental disabilities field with the passing of Lynn Gray.  Upon my arrival to Union County in 1981, I soon realized that the backbone of the Harold Lewis Center (formerly known as the School of Opportunity) was shared by Mrs. Gray and Mrs. Rinehart.  Lynn, though small in stature, stood above all others due to her knowledge of the community and her compassion of children with disabilities.  I thank her for her time and dedication to the improving lives of people with disabilities throughout her life.

My condolences to her family.  Your wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother was a true treasure.

#29 from: Virg and Jani Rankin
Fri, Jan 8, 2021 at 7:54 PM

Lynn was a special lady.  Hold on to all the wonderful memories.  Our deepest sympathy.

#30 from: Anne Crabtree
Sat, Jan 9, 2021 at 7:59 AM

Hugs and prayers to all the family.  Emma Lynn played an instrumental part in my Christian faith beginning at a very early age.    Singing before breaking out for Sunday School class.  Each Sunday morning started with “Come Into My Heart Lord Jesus”.  She taught us sign language for songs when we would sing upstairs and VBS,  And of course the guys Donnie, Tom, and Bill would always be in trouble when “Deep and  Wide” would be played as they would fling their arms so forcefully to hit each other in the guts... she always tried to make them spread out but it never lasted long.  Fun times!  May you have peace knowing the next time you meet it will be forever!  Many hugs!!

#31 from: Beckie McMahan Congrove
Sat, Jan 9, 2021 at 5:12 PM

Dear Dick and Family,  we are so sorry to learn of your
loss.  Beckie so enjoyed working with Emma Lynn at Harold
School.  We will surely miss seeing you at Magnetics ice cream socials.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Sincerely, Mike and Beckie Congrove

#32 from: Kit Hughes
Sun, Jan 10, 2021 at 8:26 AM

Jim, Judy & Family
I am so sorry for your loss. May God comfort you at this time.

#33 from: Pat Krebehenne
Richwood, Ohio
Sun, Jan 10, 2021 at 9:17 PM

Your Father was also a very special hardworking community minded sharing giving man. I know you all take comfort in knowing they are together again and in the presence of our Heavenly Father. What a
Marvelous legacy your parents left. Hold onto all the wonderful memories, lessons they taught you, each other and your faith to get you through.

#34 from: Sam J Foos
Mon, Jan 11, 2021 at 12:39 PM

To Dave,Jim,Stu and Tom
We remember Emma Lynn as the Jr.Sunday School and V.B.S.leader who influenced so many children around Magnetic Springs. Knowing her was a great asset to all of us.
Prayers for your family+

#35 from: Patricia Parrott Eby
Reno, Nv.
Tue, Jan 12, 2021 at 12:28 PM

Just learned of Emma Lynn's passing. SO very sorry. My condolences on the passing of both of your parents but how wonderful neither has to be alone

#36 from: Judy Hall Baker
Tue, Jan 12, 2021 at 6:48 PM

So sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you all.

#37 from: Connie isler
Tue, Jan 12, 2021 at 8:56 PM

She might have been short, but she was mighty in action.  Was a joy to be near her.

#38 from: Barbara Holcomb
Richwood, OH
Wed, Jan 13, 2021 at 11:37 AM

To the Gray Family,
I was sorry to learn of the losses with which your family is coping.The Gray family devoted themselves to being good stewards of the family farm. Dr. Holcomb always enjoyed his visits with Bernard and Dorothea. They centered around agriculture in general and the Gray farm in particular. Bill spent his summers working on his mother's family's farm. That experience was precious to him and he enjoyed talking about it with receptive listeners.

Your mother and father carried on that excellent stewardship and shared their gifts generously with community organizations. Both grandparents and parents have left an encouraging legacy for the next generations.

My love and deepest sympathy .
Barbara Holcomb

#39 from: Juanita Neel
Palm bay  fl
Mon, Jan 18, 2021 at 2:03 AM

So sorry to hear of your loss. She was a great person and friend. Love to all of you. God bless  Nita  Neel

#40 from: Kathryn Price
Mon, Jan 18, 2021 at 2:16 PM

I pray for your healing in the loss of both of your parents.  Emma Lynn was such a sweet and giving lady.  Both were a wonderful asset to our community.

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