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 Nellie Frances <I>Smith</I> Gray

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Nellie Frances Smith Gray

  • Birth 17 Mar 1882 Compton, Los Angeles County, California, USA
  • Death 29 Aug 1944 Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
  • Burial Gardena, Los Angeles County, California, USA
  • Memorial ID 38230462

Since Nellie was my grandmother, by adoption, and since she passed away many years before I was born, I don't know very much about her.
I was told that she was a devout Christian lady who loved the old hymns. My adoptive mother had a cook book that had belonged to Nellie and it was titled "What Gardena Methodists Eat" so I am assuming that she was Methodist.
Nellie's mother was Martha Ellen Sackett (of the famous Sackett Family) Martha's mother was Permalia Vervell (who came to California in a covered wagon).
Nellie and Verner's first child was miscarried after an accident where the buggy wheel hit a rock and threw a pregnant Nellie to the ground, but her long skirt got caught up in the works of the buggy, and she was drug some distance as Verner tried his best to stop the buggy.
I was told that Nellie was well loved in her community. One of her daughters, my Aunt Frances told me that when she was a teenager, she and a girlfriend were hiding in the barn smoking wheat straws when Nellie walked in and caught them. Nellie told them that it was dangerous to smoke those things in the barn due to the fact that the barn could easily catch fire and burn to the ground, so she told them that if they wanted to smoke wheat straws they should do it in the house where she could join them.
Nellie succumbed to Cancer in 1944.

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Gravesite Details Buried next to Verner W. Gray.





  • Maintained by: Big Mike
  • Originally Created by: BJW
  • Added: 11 Jun 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 38230462
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Nellie Frances Smith Gray (17 Mar 1882–29 Aug 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 38230462, citing Roosevelt Memorial Park, Gardena, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Big Mike (contributor 47078060) .