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Ellen Gray McCOMBS
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Birth: Aug. 19, 1861, Scotland
Death: Nov. 11, 1945
Lincoln County
Wyoming, USA

Incomplete obit
learned she was interested in the Mormon religion, he became very angry and forbid her going to the meetings. She knew the gospel was true and wanted to join the Church but hesitated because she knew that her stepfather, in particular, was very bitter. Her testimony was very strong, and at the age of 18, on the 15th of October, 1882 she joined the Church. This made it necessary for her to leave home and live with friends. She continued to work at the factory for two years. During this time she visited her mother secretly to avoid trouble at home.
She was a beautiful singer and assisted the missionaries very often with her splendid voice. This faith promoting incident was related by Sister McCombs some time ago, giving her a testimony that the Lord does answer prayers. She and one or two other sisters were called by the Elders to help with singing. On this particular occasion she was asked to be present and sing. She had developed a cold and lost her voice, but was promised if she would come and fill the assignment, all would be well. She attended the meeting with a prayer in her heart, although she could hardly utter a sound, yet she could hear her own voice as clear as ever and others told her how well she sang. She praised the Lord for this blessing and testimony.
At the age of 20 she came to America. The ocean voyage took three weeks. She came to Wellsville, Utah and obtained work and payed back her fare from Scotland. While at Wellsville, she heard of an Andrew Grey at Trenton. After inquiring about him, she sound they were full cousins. How grateful she was! She moved to Trenton and at the home of her cousin, she met Carlos McCombs and there began a romance which in mortality lasted 62 tears, Carlos had previously been shown his life's companion and when he first saw Nellie, as she was called he knew she was the one. Shortly afterwards they were married in the Logan Temple 25 June 1884m one of the first couples to be married there.
In May 1886 they moved to Star Valley living first at Afton, then moving to the ranch north of Grover. They were truly pioneers and played a prominent part in the building of this valley.
Sister McCombs was a good manager, both of home and finances. Brother McCombs said that although he spent two years as a missionary in England, he was better off financially when he returned home than before he went because of her ability to carry on.
She was a good friend and neighbor. She was deeply concerned about the welfare of everyone. This was shown when her brother came from Scotland with four small children to care for alone. sister McCombs took two of the children to care for in her home for several years. her home always had a welcome sign above the door and a warm feeling inside.
The last few years, Sister McComba' health has not been good. Early this Spring she suffered a stroke from which she only partly recovered. After the death of her husband, she went to live at the home of her son, Arvid. All that human hands could do was done for her. in the latter part of October she contracted the flu. In her weakened condition it was impossible to regain her strength. She passed away Sunday November 11th at 3 o'clock.
She was the mother of eleven children 5 boys and 6 girls. Her husband and 7 children have preceded her in death. She is survived by four children, Mrs Ellen Van Leuven, Elmer, Arvid, and Mary McCombs.
Funeral services were held in the Grover ward Friday at 1;00 o,n, Bishop Jay L. Hepworth presided.
The opening son, God, The was sung by the choir. Clifford turner offered the opening prayer.
Bp Delos Gardner gave a sketch of the life of Sister McCombs. He also spoke of her great faith and payed tribute to the family for their care and devotion to their mother.
Ernest Turner sang, "The End of A Perfect Day."
Bp. Ray S. Thurman spoke of the faith and devotion that Brother and Sister McCombs and their family had for the gospel and the Church.
Pres. Carl Robinson told of the influence for good that was given by Bro. McCombs as a member of the High Council.
"The Last Rose of Summer" was sung by Agatha Hurd.
closing remarks were given by Bp. Hepworth.
The choir sang, "I Know That My Redeemer Lives."
The benediction was pronounced by Delos Anderson.
The burial was at Afton. The grave was dedicated by George W. Hepworth.
The pall bearers were four grandsons and two nephews.

McCombs, Ellen Gray (i 22 Nov 1945)Star Valley Independent 
Family links: 
  Alexander Wardrop Gray (1839 - 1935)
  Agnes Carnegie Gray (1841 - 1898)
  Andrew Carlos McCOMBS (1857 - 1945)
  Ellen Lucetta McCombs Van Leuven (1885 - 1970)*
  Andrew Alexander McCOMBS (1887 - 1887)*
  Lucy Luvilla Mccombs Thurman (1888 - 1938)*
  Carlos Elmer McCOMBS (1890 - 1969)*
  Agness Catherina McCOMBS (1892 - 1892)*
  Mary Luraina McCOMBS (1893 - 1964)*
  Isadora Amelia Mccombs Dutson Christensen (1896 - 1945)*
  Laura Idella McCOMBS (1898 - 1904)*
  Earnest Valney McCOMBS (1900 - 1900)*
  Jessie McCOMBS (1901 - 1901)*
  Arvid Gray McCombs (1906 - 1990)*
  Ellen Gray McCOMBS (1861 - 1945)
  Samuel Wardrop Gray (1864 - 1865)*
  Catharine Gray Forbes (1871 - 1899)*
*Calculated relationship
Afton Cemetery
Lincoln County
Wyoming, USA
Created by: Carol STEVENS
Record added: Jun 16, 2007
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Ellen <i>Gray</i> McCOMBS
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Ellen <i>Gray</i> McCOMBS
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