Phyllis Gray, 1973

Winter 2018 (January 13, 2018)

Phyllis Gray, age 66, of Decorah, Iowa, died Nov. 2, 2017, at the UW Madison Hospital in Madison, Wis. Services were Nov. 11, 2017, at the Center of Faith and Life, and a Memorial Dinner Gathering for Phyllis was held Nov. 21 at Baker Commons at Luther College. Phyllis was born on April 5, 1951, in Chicago. She was the daughter of Walter and Alma Everlyn (Berry) Gray of Prentiss, Miss. She was a baptized, confirmed member of Bethel Lutheran Church of Englewood in Chicago. She attended William G. Beale Elementary and Beale Upper-Grade Center. She graduated with honors from Englewood High School in 1968. Phyllis matriculated at Kennedy King, Roosevelt, and Northern Illinois universities in Chicago. She received her bachelors of arts degree in speech and theater from Luther College in 1973 and her master’s of education in children’s theater from the University of Northern Iowa in 1984. Phyllis’ most recent endeavors involved pursuing a doctorate of education—Ed.D. at the University of Northern Iowa at the time of her homegoing. Phyllis taught English and social studies at Logan Jr. High in Waterloo, Iowa. She worked with the Upward Bound Program at Luther College for 40 years and served as the director for 35 years (1977-2012) inspiring and impacting thousands of people for multiple generations. Phyllis’ professional organizational memberships and affiliations include Valley Supporting Players (co-founder 2003-2005), American Association of University of Women (treasurer 1998), Mid-American Association Educational Opportunity Program (president 1995-1998), TRIO (Iowa Chapter board of directors 1986-1995; Iowa Chapter chair 1993-1995; Achievers chair 1997-1998), National Council Educational Opportunity Associations (board of directors member 1995-1998), New Minowa Players (board member, costumer, performer). She leaves to cherish her memories three sisters Bunny Lou Gray, Independence, Mo., Mary E. Gray, Prentiss, Miss., and Dolly E. Gray ‘85, Durant, Miss. One brother Teddy Gray ’75 (Theresa), Chicago, a host of nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends, God Children, Extended Family, co-workers and staff members. Phyllis is preceded in death by her parents, her sister Bertha C. Gray and brother Tommy L. Gray. Special thanks to the doctors, nurses, and other staff members at University of Wisconsin Health Hospital Palliative Care Unit for their outstanding care of Phyllis. The family would like to sincerely thank everyone for their prayers, sympathies, condolences, and concerns during our time of need. Memorial to the Alma E. Gray Study Abroad Scholarship at Luther College, Decorah, Iowa. You can make a gift on-line at: www.givenow.luther.edu. Phyllis believed strongly and was a life-time supporter of education.