ROCKWELL CITY - Lilybell Gray 86, passed away Friday, September 28, 2012 at the University ofIowa Hospitals & Clinics in Iowa City. Celebration of Life Service will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, October 4, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Rockwell City with Pastor James Hoover Mossman officiating. Burial will be at RosehillCemetery. Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Palmer & Swank Funeral Home, Rockwell City.
Lilybell is survived by her children, Vicki (Kenard) Carstens of Harlan, Julie (Kirk) Loomer of Coralville, and Randy Gray of Harlan; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Barbara Bucker of Kansas City, MO; and her beloved dogs, GiGi and Yale. She was preceded in death by her husband Dale; her parents, William and Delila Colvin Bucker; and brother William P. Bucker.
Lilybell Bucker Gray was born February 17, 1926 at Hopkins, Missouri. She graduated from Elmo High School in Elmo, Missouri, with the Class of 1943. Lilybell earned her Bachelor Degree in Music Education from Northwest Missouri State University. In 1947, she moved to Rockwell City and began her teaching career. On June 27, 1948 she was united in marriage to Dale E. Gray at Elmo. The couple established their home in Rockwell City, where Lilybell continued to teach school in Rockwell City for four years, and then one year in Manson. She then taught school in Lohrville for eighteen years, until retiring in 1984. Dale passed away in 1993. Lilybell shared her time at her cottage on South Twin Lakes, and her home in town. Lilybell was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Rockwell City, the Rockwell City Rotary Club, Twin Lakes Golf Club, Calhoun County Chorus, and P.E.O. She served on the School Board, Library Board, and was active in community musicals and productions. Lilybell also attended the Delaware Water Gap Workshop, and the Fred Waring Workshop.