Sep. 22, 1871 Pittsburgh Allegheny County Pennsylvania, USA
Dec. 21, 1894 Greeley Greeley County Nebraska, USA
Stella was daughter of Senator and Mrs. William Moore Gray of Ord (Mira Valley). Her husband Lloyd (Gilbert Lloyd Russell) operated a jewelry store in Greeley, Nebraska. Stella collapsed in that store and died in her home a few hours later, of heart problems. Her body was brought from Greeley to Ord by train. Stella had no children. The family lost track of Lloyd not long after Stella's death. He was the son of Rev. Edwin A. at the time of their marriage in 1893.
In June 1892 Stella, at age 20, was the superintendant of the Sunday School at the family church, Wilson Presbyterian Church in Mira Valley, south of Ord, Nebraska.
Lloyd and Stella were married in a double ceremony, with her sister Maud and her groom James G. Hastings. Russells were married by the groom's father, Rev. E. A. Russell of Ord, and the Hastingses were married by their minister Rev. G. A. Ray. The wedding took place at 8:30 PM in the home of the parents of the brides, in Mira Valley, south of Ord, Nebraska. Lloyd and Stella lived in Ord at first, then moved to Greeley, NE.
Stella had St. Vitas Dance as a child. It is a disease later called Chorhea (pronounced "Korea")--which caused a spastic shaking. It was a heart malady. She and her husband had no children. She died at age 23, a year and a half after they were married. (She and her sister Maud were married in a double wedding.) Lloyd and Stella had moved to Greeley, NE in February 1894, where Gilbert ran a jewelry store. Stella was in that store the afternoon of December 21, 1894 when, at a little after 5:00 PM, Lloyd noticed that she looked very ill. He rushed over to her just in time to catch her as she suddenly fell to the floor, appearing dead, but she was not yet dead. He carried her home and summoned medical aid. She remained unconscious until about 7:30 PM when she regained consciousness briefly, then died at 8:15 PM.
She had had heart trouble, but had been better before her final sudden illness. An autopsy revealed "a dilated and fatty heart" and coagulated blood in the artery leading to the lungs. There was a funeral service in their own home in Greeley (conducted by the Methodist minister, Rev. Day, after which her body was transported from Greeley to Ord by train. Her final funeral was in the home of her husband's parents in Ord, services conducted by the Ord Presbyterian minister, Rev. Leonard. The Ord paper indicated that the crowd at the funeral was unusually large.
She is buried a short ways SE of the other Grays in the northeast section of the Ord Cemetery. The family lost finally lost track of her husband. He did not maintain contact long after Stella's death. Stella and her sister Maud had a double wedding. The telegram was to Stella's sister Maud and her husband James G. (not H) Hastings, who were living in Aspinwall, PA at the time (suburb of Pittsburgh, PA). In those days most telegrams were 10 words because the basic fee was for 10 words. The next stone right is that of her grandmother Mary S. Gray. Second right is Stella's father's stone, the tall dark one. The 3rd right, the dark square-ish stone is that of Stella's mother. L to R: Mary R. Armstrong, Maud Gray, Grace Petty, Love Petty and Stella Gray.