Betty D. Gray, age 89, of Ismay passed away peacefully with her husband Bob by her side on July 15, 2020 at her home.
Betty was born on April 20, 1931 to Archie and Dora Bruce in Douglas, WY. Betty attended school in Douglas, and after graduating from Douglas High School, she majored in Elementary Education at the University of Wyoming at Laramie. She chose to teach intermediate grades as her specialty. Betty taught the fifth grade for four years and the sixth grade in Glendo, WY.
Betty married the love of her life Bob Gray in 1952 at Orin, WY. Together they ranched with Bob’s parents for two years, and then in 1956 they moved to Montana to run the Montana ranch which they eventually came to own. Together they raised their three sons, Robert, Richard and Roscoe along with Red Angus cross cattle, sheep and winter wheat. Betty always had a longtime interest in historical things and took pride that her and Bob lived on the old Shumaker Ranch that the Gray family had bought in 1952. She was also very proud that she was involved with the restoration of the old Ismay Presbyterian Church building, which has been in use since 1914. She hoped to make it a historical building site while still using it for church services weekly.
Betty was involved in many organizations and a part of many boards. She was a member of and served as president for the Fallon Creek CowBelles, but also was active in the Southeastern Montana CowBelles and the American National CowBelles. Her slogan during her tenure as president of Montana State CowBelles, was “My Brand is Beef.” She particularly enjoyed working on the State Scholarship and Beef Education committees and served as Beef Education Advisor and Director-at-Large on the state board. She was a member of the Royal Neighbors of America, the Range Rider Reps and the Montana Woolgrowers Women Association. She was also a longtime member of the Ismay Community Church where she served as vice president.
She loved spending time in her garden and taking care of her yard. She had many interests and hobbies, including reading, traveling, collecting antiques, learning about history and especially cooking.
She is survived by her husband Bob; sons, Robert (Leslie) Gray of Plevna; Richard (Karen) Gray of Ismay; daughter-in-law, Michele Gray of Dickinson; grandchildren, Scotti (Kevin) Moser, Brandi Gray, Rob (Sarah) Gray, Medori (McCahen) Schweitzer, Jordan Gray, Borden Gray, Elizabeth (Dax) Muri, Katie (Michael) Bost, Kelly (James) Rieger, and Allan “AJ” Gray; granddaughter in-law Jessica (Rhodes) Roberts; great grandchildren, Sawyer, Hayes, Bella, MJ, Leo, Caiden, Ella, Tailey, Ava, Elloree, Leeona, Wyatt, Huntley, Owen and a number of nephews and nieces.
She was preceded in death by her parents and sisters, Leona Niesson and Kay Bruce; son, Roscoe Gray; grandson, Yance Tell Gray; great grandsons, Grayson Rieger and Orin Muri.
A visitation was held on July 19, 2020 at Stevenson & Son’s Funeral Home in Miles City. A funeral service was held on July 20, 2020 at the Ismay Community Church in Ismay, MT. Interment followed at the Gray family ranch. Should friends desire condolences can be made to the family by visiting stevensonandsons.com. Memorials can be made to Ismay Community Church.