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Alta Wookey Gray Barham
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Birth: May 12, 1908
Butte County
California, USA
Death: Dec. 4, 2005
Butte County
California, USA

Lifelong Chico resident Alta Barham passed away peacefully in her sleep on Dec. 4, 2005, she was 97. Alta was born in Dayton, outside Chico, on May 12, 1908 to parents Jesse Gray and Frances Cory Gray who were also born in Dayton, Calif. Alta had one sister Laura "Dolly" Hovey who preceded her in death in January, 1989.Alta shared wonderful stories of her childhood in Chico, such as traveling to school everyday in a horse and buggy from Dayton to Chico. Alta attended local schools in Chico until she married Dewey Wookey in November, 1924. Alta was widowed from Dewey in 1949. In early 1956, Alta met Joseph H. "Buck" Barham and they were married on Nov. 1 1956 in Chico. The Barhams made their home in Chico until Alta was widowed a second time in 1971.Alta was considered a "modern woman" as she always worked outside the home. Alta's career spanned over 60 years having been employed for many years at Diamond Match, the 7-Up Bottling Company, Montgomery Ward and finally retiring from the Butte County Credit Bureau.Alta is survived by one nephew, Leo Hovey of Raceland, Ky. and her great-nephew David Hovey and his wife Linda of Chico. Her extended family includes numerous great- (and great-great) nieces and nephews in both California and Texas. The family wishes to express deep gratitude to Daniela Olteanu and her family for providing patient and loving care to Alta during the last four years.Visitation will be held Thursday evening, Dec. 8, from 5-8 p.m. at Bidwell Chapel. Services to be held at Bidwell Chapel on Friday, Dec. 9, 2005 with interment at Glen Oaks Memorial Park.  
Family links: 
  Jesse Alfred Gray (1883 - 1948)
  Frances Fern Cory Gray Talley (1888 - 1958)
  George Dewey Wookey (1899 - 1949)*
  Harold Joseph Barham (1907 - 1971)*
  Alta Wookey Gray Barham (1908 - 2005)
  Laura May Gray Hovey (1920 - 1989)*
*Calculated relationship
Glen Oaks Memorial Park
Butte County
California, USA
Created by: dar
Record added: Dec 14, 2005
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Alta Wookey <i>Gray</i> Barham
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Alta Wookey <i>Gray</i> Barham
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Alta Wookey <i>Gray</i> Barham
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