Spouse: Alexander Gray
Father: Elias Browning
Mother: Elizabeth GALLOWAY Browning
"Rose Altha Browning, daughter of E.W. and Elizabeth Browning was born near Craig, August 25, 1854, and passed away at her home in Craig in the early morning hours of Wednesday, Nov. 30, 1933, age 84 years, 3 months and 5 days. She was the second child in a family of 15 children and was united in marriage to Alex Gray July 18, 1877.
Four children were born to this union, namely, Edgar, Lulu, now Mrs. Allen Bowersox, and Miss Erma Gray, of the home. A little daughter, Orpha, passed away in infancy.
Other survivors are nine grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren: two sisters, Mrs. Emma Bertram of Geneva, Nebr., and Mrs. Florence Hopkins of Buhl, Idaho; four brothers, W.A., Walter E., Sanford, and Linza C. All of these relatives were present at the funeral obsequies except Mrs. Hopkins.
Mrs. Gray was a member of one of the pioneer families of the pioneer families of the Sharp's Grove community. Her father and mother, she and her husband were all charter members of the Sharp's Grove Baptist Church. They continued fast in the faith and were faithful in attendance as long as they lived in the community.
Mr. and Mrs. Gray established their early home in northern Holt County, but after a few years bought and moved to a farm three miles north of Craig, where they continued to live and prosper until 1912, when they retired from farm life and moved to Craig.
Mrs. Gray had been in failing health for several years, but was patient and uncomplaining. In the worlds of the Scripture, it can be truly said of her:
"She has looketh well to the ways of her household and eateth not for bread of idleness. Her children arise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he, praiseth her."
Funeral services were held in the Methodist Church, Craig, Friday, Dec. 2, at 2 o'clock, Rev. Garney Puckett of Kingston, Mo., a former pastor of Sharp's Grove Church and a special friend of the family, gave a beautiful and impressive discourse based upon the first verse of the 23rd Psalm: "the Lord is my shepherd. I shall not want."
A quartet composed of Rev. and Mrs. Ogle, Mrs. R.W. Thwing and John Horn, sang the beautiful funeral hymns, with Miss Lena Lawrence at the piano. The pall bearers were Dean, Carl, don, Ralph, Harold Gray, and W.H. Cooper.
The floral offerings, many and beautiful were borne by the granddaughters, Miss Marian and Miss Hope Gray, Mrs. Paul Griffin and Mrs. W.H. cooper.
A large assemblage of sympathizing relatives and friends formed a funeral cortege to the I.O.O.F. cemetery, were the remains were laid tenderly to rest to await the Master's call."
Source: The Craig Tribune, Thursday, Dec. 8, 1938, page 1.
James M Browning
Robert Lee Browning
John Francis Browning
Louisa Jane Browning DeWald
William Allison Browning
Isabella Browning Sharp
Florence Browning Hopkins
Emma Browning Bertram
Walter Elias Browning
Harry Sanford Browning
Linza Carroll Browning
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