Gillies Funeral Chapel


Edith Marie Gibbs Nelson Gray

May 29, 1927 ~ December 26, 2015

Funeral services: Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at the Wasatch Presbyterian Church, 1626 South 1700 East, Salt Lake City, Utah

Interment: Brigham City Cemetery


Edith Gray peacefully completed her earthly experience on Saturday, December 26, 2015, at the age of 88. Edith was born in Laramie, Wyoming, on May 29, 1927 to Frank Octavius and Elizabeth Ljungvall Gibbs. Her early years were spent in Wyoming and Montana. She graduated from Bridger High School in Bridger, Montana, in 1944. It was at Montana State University that she met her future husband, Robert John Nelson, whom she married on August 3, 1946, in Great Falls, Montana. Edith was a member of the Presbyterian Church. Robert worked for the Continental Oil Company and his employment moved them to several locations around the Northwest -- Great Falls, Montana; Spokane and Walla Walla, Washington; Arvada, Colorado; Pocatello, Idaho; and Salt Lake City, Utah. Everywhere she lived, Edith made wonderful friends and became involved in the community. She loved to play bridge, was an avid reader, and was very good at learning to love wherever she lived. She and her family visited local historical sites and became familiar with the unique features of each place they lived. Edith was a good cook and loved to host parties and holiday celebrations. After her daughters were in school, Edith continued her education, graduating from Idaho State University in Home Economics Education in 1964. The family then moved to Salt Lake City, where she began her teaching career at Granger High School. When Cottonwood High School opened in 1970, she transferred schools and loved teaching there! She served as the department chair and made wonderful, lifelong friends. She later received her Master’s Degree from the University of Utah. Robert died on November 17, 1976. Edith was blessed to meet Rollin Lester Gray III at church in 1977, and they were married on April 7, 1979. Edith and Les spent 25 wonderful years together traveling and enjoying family and friends. He preceded her in death on July 4, 2004. Edith lived for 8 years at the Harrison Regent in Ogden, Utah, and 2 ½ years at Apple Village in Layton, Utah. The family would like to extend its gratitude to the staff in both locations for their kind and experienced care. Edith is preceded in death by her parents; her husbands, Robert and Les, and her two brothers, Frank and Milton. She is survived by her two daughters, Shelley Nelson Davis (Clark) of Brigham City, Utah; and Nancy Nelson Reddish of Salt Lake City, Utah. Her stepchildren, Diane "Kip" Gray Herbst of Tooele, Utah; Stephen Gray (Sharon) of Fayetteville, Arkansas; Jackie Gray Harwood (Jerry) of Jeremy Ranch, Utah; Pam Gray Burns (Joe) of Herriman, Utah; Brad Gray (Diane) of Mound, Minnesota. Edith has 9 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren, 9 step-grandchildren, 15 step-great-grandchildren and one step- great-great grandchild. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at the Wasatch Presbyterian Church, 1626 South 1700 East, Salt Lake City, Utah. Interment will be in the Brigham City Cemetery Entrusted to Gillies Funeral Chapel, Brigham City, UT 435-723-5236.

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May you and your family be blessed with love and comfort at this difficult time. We all look forward to the great reunion we'll have in the future. Our hearts are with you and we pray that you will receive tender mercies and all the comfort you need from the Holy Ghost. I know you will! Love you always.



My heartfelt condolences to Shelley, Nancy, Clark, Edith's grandchildren and many great- and step-grandchildren. I loved her kind and generous spirit, and her love for my dad, Milton.

Dawn Maylor


Dear Elder and Sister Davis. It's so sad to hear that our grandma passed away. For all she did on the earth, there is not doubt that she is in Paradise. May you feel supported in this period. I knew she would passed away after you are home. We love you and always pray for you.

Steve & Matilda


As the LDS, Relief Society Presidncy we loved Edie. She always had a book in her hand. She was always so kind and enjoyed being at church even though we were of different faiths. She will be grately missed!

Nanette Nelson


Mrs. Nelson as I knew her was a favorite teacher of mine at Cottonwood High School. I learned much from her and still enjoy the memories from years past. My condolences to the family.

Joyce Vogel


Edie was a wonderful friend. Fun, loyal and great to be around. I taught with her many years at Cottonwood High School and after her first husband died, I stayed with her when I had to spend the night in Salt Lake. After she married Les, we remained friends and I visited them twice in Oak Harbor. Edie was very dear to me. The world has lost a talented, smart, vibrant women with a quick wit that made friends where ever she went. I will miss her, but I am sure she is happy to be with Les again. They were a wonderful, loving couple.

Joan Hahn







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