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Mrs. Mary E. Sandifar Gray, 89, of Anadarko, Okla., formerly of Madison, entered this life on Jan. 21, 1925, in Jefferson County.
She was the loving daughter of the late Chester W. and Annie L. Stewart Sandifar. She was raised in Jefferson County and was a 1943 graduate of Central High School on Ryker’s Ridge. She was a graduate of Indiana Business College in Columbus with a degree in business and bookkeeping.
Mary was united in marriage to Ralph Dean Gray on Jan. 3, 1953, in Dupont. This happy union of 48 years was blessed with a daughter, Diane.
Mary worked as a bookkeeper for Wesbecker Implements in downtown Madison. She later worked as a clerical worker for the David R. Webb Co. in Edinburgh. She then served as the bookkeeper for the Indiana Masonic Home in Franklin.
She resided in Athens, Tenn., for a number of years and was a member of Pond Hill Baptist Church. She was a 50-year member of Order of the Eastern Star, Franklin Chapter No. 109.
She resided in Anadarko, Okla., the past 12 years and was a member of Bethel Baptist Church of Anadarko.
Mary enjoyed her friends and classmates of the Central High School Alumni.
Mary found great enjoyment in fishing, working in her garden and raising flowers. She liked to knit and share what she had made.
Mary died at 8:17 a.m. Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at Hospice Quality Care in Midwest City, Okla.
Mary will be missed by her loving daughter, Diane M. Goombi of Anadarko, Okla; her loving grandson, Derek Eldridge, and his wife, Simona, of Noblesville; her loving granddaughter, Denise Weaver, and her husband, Steven, of Midwest City, Okla.; her loving great-granddaughter, Samantha Nicole Eldridge of Noblesville; her loving sisters, Martha Shadday of Madison and Helen Gregory of Manchester, Tenn.; her loving brother, Bob Sandifar of Metamora; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Chester W. and Annie L. Stewart Sandifar; her husband of 48 years, Ralph Dean Gray, who died Nov. 5, 2001; her brothers, George, Chester Jr., Gaylord and Elmer Sandifar; her sister, Alma Nelson Kendall; and her son-in-law, William Goombi.
Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Monday by the Rev. Danny Yeager at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, 325 Demaree Drive in Madison. Interment will follow in the Hebron Cemetery near Madison. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday and from noon until the time of services Monday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to West Fork Baptist Church or Bethel Baptist Church of Anadarko. Cards are available at the funeral home.
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