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Grayce Marie Sparks Johnson
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Birth: Apr. 9, 1884
Lewis County
Washington, USA
Death: 1963
Washington, USA

Grayce's parents were:
Amaziah Robert Sparks (1832 - 1918)
Sarah Ann Fowler Sparks (1842 - 1913)

She was the 10th of their 11 children.

Grayce married James Ira Ray in Toledo, Lewis Co, WA on June 5, 1901

Over the years local news articles & Federal Census records have helped provide a brief glimpse into their lives.

ON APRIL 19/20, 1910,
Ira & Grayce Ray, ages 30 & 26, were buying a home on West Walnut Street in Centralia, Lewis Co, WA. He was a salesman in a hardware store. They had two children: Neva, age 6 & William L., 3 months.

Centralia Daily Chronicle
Tenino News
"Mr. and Mrs. Ira Ray and daughter, of Centralia, are visiting in town this week."

TUESDAY, JULY 15, 1913
Centralia Daily Chronicle Examiner
"Mrs. Grace Ray entertained at her home, 511 Walnut street, in honor of Miss Cynthia Wing and Miss Mae Imboden on Saturday evening, July 12. The rooms were beautifully decorated with carnations and ferns. Music was furnished by the noted violinist, Miss Chloe Hoak, and Miss Cynthia Wing, Miss Mae Imboden and Miss Hertha O'Neil gave several selections on the piano.

Mrs. Cecil Sparks assisted the hostess in receiving the guests. A three-course dinner was served at 12:00 o'clock. Those invited were: Mrs. and Mrs. Hoak, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Browning, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Sparks, Mr. and Mrs. Ray, Miss Chloe Hoak, Miss Hertha O'Neil, Miss Cinthia Wing, Miss Mae Imboden, Mr. Frost , Mr. Alva Romis, Mr. Leland Catermole and Mr. Phil Martin."

DECEMBER 1, 1917
50 Years Ago
"Prof. C. Lee Martin and his wife and daughter of Mossyrock, spent the week at the home of Mrs. Grace Ray."

Chehalis Bee Nugget
Friday, January 28, 1917
"Grayce M. Ray VS Ira Ray, divorce. The complaint charges defendant with having a violent temper, and that he cursed and reviled her. They were married at Toledo June 5, 1901. There are two children, a married daughter and a son, 17 years old. Property settlement has been made."

Evidently they settled their differences and were back together by the time the following census was taken.

ON JANUARY 5-7, 1920,
Ira J. & Grayce M., ages 39 & 34, were living on South Gold Street in Centralia, where they owned a home & hardware store. Their children were Neva & William Lee, ages 16 & 10. Two young boarder lived with them: George & Effie Hall, ages 10 & 9.

On April 2, 1930, Ira J. Ray, age 50, shown widowed, owned a home Pearl St. valued at $6000. He was working as a retail merchant in a hardware store. He was living in Centralia in 1935.

However, Grayce was still alive!

U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989
Name: Harrv H Lindsey
Gender: Male
Residence Year: 1935
Street address: 990 N 20th
Residence Place: Salem, Oregon
Spouse: Grace M Lindsey
Publication Title: Salem, Oregon, City Directory, 1935

ON APRIL 2, 1940,
Grayce & Harry H. Lindsey, ages 52 & 57, owned a home in
Salem, Marion Co, OR valued at $4000. Harry had a job as a City Incinerator Superintendent. Harry died five years later.

Washington, Select Death Certificates
Name: Harry H. Lindsey
Gender: Male
Marital Status: Married
Age: 62
Estimated birth year: abt 1883
Death Date: 20 Aug 1945
Death Place: Olympia, Thurston, Washington
Father: E. W. Lindsey
Mother: Sarah Ann Henderson
Spouse: Grayce
FHL Film Number: 2032467
Reference ID: 155

Washington, County Marriages, 1855-2008
Name: Fred Johnson
Gender: Male
Age: 59
Birth Date: 1891
Marriage Date: 7 Jul 1950
Marriage Place: Washington
Marriage License Date: 7 Jul 1950
Registration Place: Lewis, Washington
Father: John Johnson
Mother: Olivia Heceor
Spouse: Grayce Sparks

Their marriage record revealed that Fred Johnson, age 59, was divorced; Grayce, 59, was a widow. Grayce's last name was Lindsey. Both were living in Longview, WA.

U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989 about Fred Johnson
Name: Fred Johnson
Gender: Male
Residence Year: 1953
Residence Place: Kelso; Longview, Washington
Occupation: Employee
Spouse: Grayce M Johnson
Publication Title: Kelso, Washington, City Directory, 1953

Grayce died in Olympia, Thurston Co, WA on Aug. 19, 1963; Fred in Olympia on June 9, 1965.

Researched & compiled by Virginia Brown
April 2014
Family links: 
  Amaziah Robert Sparks (1832 - 1918)
  Sarah Ann Fowler Sparks (1842 - 1913)
  James Ira Ray (1880 - 1949)
  Neva Marie Ray Fulton (1903 - 1974)*
  John William Sparks (1855 - 1943)**
  Sarah Jane Sparks Stone (1861 - 1940)*
  Ella Rebecca Sparks Smith (1864 - 1892)*
  Emma Frances Sparks Wilson (1866 - 1947)*
  Ida Belle Sparks Bold (1869 - 1905)*
  Anna Mary Sparks McGhie (1873 - 1938)*
  May Zeralda Sparks Rich (1873 - 1943)*
  Effie Melinda Sparks Grimes (1876 - 1964)*
  Lodia Lenore Sparks Strange (1878 - 1955)*
  Lelia Leona Sparks Grubbe (1880 - 1971)*
  Grayce Marie Sparks Johnson (1884 - 1963)
  Martha Elverda Sparks Stevenson (1886 - 1964)*
*Calculated relationship
Masonic Memorial Park
Thurston County
Washington, USA
Plot: Row: 24 Lot: 11 Block: 157
Maintained by: Virginia Brown
Originally Created by: Lizzie
Record added: Dec 01, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 45005469
Grayce Marie <i>Sparks</i> Johnson
Added by: Elaine and Bill Schrock
Grayce Marie <i>Sparks</i> Johnson
Added by: Lizzie
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