Elmer Lewis Gray

Elmer Lewis Gray

Foster, Bates County, Missouri, USA
Death 31 Oct 1964 (aged 83)
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Burial Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Plot PARK, 22, 5, 3W.
Memorial ID 15095694 · View Source
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Son of John and Lavina Gray and husband of Lilly E. Gray.

Elmer Lewis Gray was born in Butler, Bates County, Missouri. This gentleman was the husband of Lilly Edith Gray. (alt. birthdate Mar. 12)

It is possible that Elmer's birth name was Elmer Lewis (or Louis) De Gray. On the 1917 Draft Birth Registrations list for Custer County, Colorado an Elmer Lewis De Gray appears with the March 12, 1881 birth date.

He might have been married to a Florence Potvin and he may also had been in several prisons in his lifetime, including Oklahoma, Colorado and Utah.(source: Lesli Cadena)

"Her husband, Elmer Lewis Gray, whom Edith married when she was 72 years old, may have been incarcerated before their marriage," says (researcher) Richelle (Hawks).
"I have found records for an Elmer L. Gray's ‘Criminal Pardons Application'(Case #: 9015) in 1947. I have also found a 1901 Ogden Standard newspaper clipping in which a man named Elmer Gray was arrested and sentenced to ‘five days on the rockpile' for stealing an umbrella valued at $3.50, from the Paine and Hurst Company. I have no way of knowing if this is the same Elmer Gray, but the date and his age seems to fit." (source: Richelle Hawks)


Elmer Lewis Gray, 83, 1216 Pacific Ave. (440 South) died in a Salt Lake hospital Saturday at 12:30 p.m. after a long illness. Born March 12, 1881, Butler, Mo. Married Lilly Zimmerman, 1955, Elko, Nev. She died, 1958. Retired butcher. Survivors: brother, William, Golden, Colo. Funeral, Wednesday, 10 a.m., 36 E. 7th South, where friends call hour prior to services. Burial, Salt Lake City Cemetery. (Salt Lake Tribune, Tuesday, November 3, 1964 p. 24) Thanks to Ryan Moore for the obituary.

We now also know from various documents that Elmer perhaps had a few psychological challenges and mental state may be a piece or perhaps even the vital piece of the puzzle concerning the "Victim of the Beast" inscription on the marker of his wife Lilly.

In fact, researcher, Richelle Hawks who has long studied the mystery believes she has cracked the case. If she is correct, perhaps now, after more than five decades, his good wife Lilly can finally rest in peace.

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  • Added: 30 Jul 2006
  • Find a Grave Memorial 15095694
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Elmer Lewis Gray (12 Mar 1881–31 Oct 1964), Find a Grave Memorial no. 15095694, citing Salt Lake City Cemetery, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Carl W. McBrayer (contributor 46558074) .