Honora Teressa “Nora” <I>Farrell</I> Bray

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Honora Teressa “Nora” Farrell Bray

  • Birth 24 Aug 1856 USA
  • Death 16 May 1919 Grinnell, Poweshiek County, Iowa, USA
  • Burial Grinnell, Poweshiek County, Iowa, USA
  • Plot West Hazelwood, lot 919
  • Memorial ID 70269952


The Grinnell Herald
May 23, 1919

"Active Life Ended

Grinnell Loses An Active and Earnest Woman in the Death of Mrs. T.E. Bray


Nora Teresa Farrell, daughter of James and Rosanne Farrell, was born at Wells River, Vermont, on August 24, 1856, and died at Des Moines, Iowa, on May 16, 1919. She was married to Thomas E. Bray at St. Johnsbury, Vermont, September 18, 1876, and after her marrige resided at Danville, Vermont, until October 20, 1890, at which time she and her husband and family removed from their Vermont hme to Grinnell, where she has ever since resided with the exception of the last few months, which she has spent at the home of her son in Sigourney, Iowa, administering to his four motherless children.

She was operated on at Mercy Hospital in Des Moines on April 5, 1919, and about three weeks ago was removed from the hospital to the home of her daughter, Mrs. Chas. A. Eglin, 659 West 33rd St., Des Moines, where she appeared to be regaining her health until last Wesnesday when it became apparent that the end was approaching.

She leaves surviving her nine children who are:
Thomas J. Bray, Oskaloosa, Iowa; William M. Bray, Fresno, California; Lillian M. Bray, Grinnell, Iowa; Farrell Bray, Sigourney, Iowa; Mrs. Charles A. Eglin, Des Moines, Iowa; Mrs. Edward Stiles, Burlington, Iowa; Mrs. John C. Kerrigan, Primghar, Iowa; Lisle W. Bray, Cheyenne, Wyoming; and Frances I. Bray, of Des Moines.

She leaves seven grandchildren, who are:
Josephine Bray and James Farrell Bray, children of Thomas J. Bray; Thomas D. bray, Anastasia Bray, Daniel L. Bray and Miriam H. Bray, children of Farrell Bray; and John F. Kerrigan, son of Mrs. John C. Kerrigan. She is also survived by three sisters and one brother, who are:
Mrs. Mary Cunningham of South Danville, Vermont; Mrs. Kate Horrigan, of Holyoke, Mass.; Mrs. Evelyn Hopper, of White Plains, N.Y., and P.J. Farrell of Washington, D.C.

At the time of her death her bed was surrounded by seven of her children, the two absent ones being her son William and her daughter Blanche Stiles, who was too ill to go to her mother. Mrs. Bray's husband died on December 30, 1908.

She was president of the Read and Reflect club, a trustee of the Ladies' Cemetery association and a faithful member of the Catholic church of Grinnell.

Funeral services were held at St. Columbanus' church in Grinnell on Sunday, May 18, 1919, at 1:30 o'clock p.m., conducted by her pastor, Reverend Father hannon, and the body was laid to rest at the side of her husband in Calvary cemetery.

Three of her sons, two of her sons-in-law and her brother-in-law, Henry M. Bray, acted as pall bearers.

A large concourse of friends were present to pay tribute to the memory of the worthy woman who has thus passed beyond. Her life was one of strength and activity. Always kindly, earnest and true, she lived a pure life, marked by great intellectual power and true patriotism.

Few women have given more to the community and few will be more missed. Her upright life and honesty of purpose made her a place of honor in the town as well as in the home, and when the last words are written they will be "she did what she could and that was much."

The usual brief Catholic service was conducted at the church by Father Hannon, who added a few words of commendation and tribute to the beautiful life thus ended, all with charactaristic simplicity and appropriateness."


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  • Maintained by: Patti Zapalac
  • Originally Created by: Bug
  • Added: 23 May 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 70269952
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Honora Teressa “Nora” Farrell Bray (24 Aug 1856–16 May 1919), Find A Grave Memorial no. 70269952, citing Hazelwood Cemetery, Grinnell, Poweshiek County, Iowa, USA ; Maintained by Patti Zapalac (contributor 46583652) .