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Estelle 'Dolly' Rita Gray
Estelle "Dolly" Rita Gray, 93, of Fayetteville, Ark., died on May 9, 2019, in her home. She was born Jan. 26, 1926, to Humphrey and Jessie (Nicolini) Tortorella in Chicago, Ill.
She worked for IBM in New York City, N.Y., from 1945-1950. After their youngest started school, she became a greeting card organizer for local grocery stores in Decatur, Ind., and nearby towns. The family moved to Bentonville, Ark., in 1976 and soon after she was the greeting card organizer for Phillips Food Stores in Northwest Arkansas. She worked full-time for TRW in Rogers, Ark., then at Walmart General Offices, finally transferring to the Walmart Jewelry Warehouse as a jewelry inspector.
After retiring, she led a very active life, first volunteering at St. Mary's Hospital in Rogers and Donald W. Reynolds Boys & Girls Club in Fayetteville. She was a parishioner of and regularly attended masses at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Fayetteville. She also would attend Masses at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Harold E. Gray Jr.; daughter, Barbara Gray; sons, Harold E. Gray III and Gordon Gray; sisters, Ann Krueger and Marian "Babe" Dempsey; and grandson, William Piha.
She is survived by sons, Brian (Michelle) Gray of Indian Trail, N.C., and Dr. David (Marné) Gray of Carthage, Mo.; daughter, Gail (Monte) Piha of Farmington, Ark.; grandsons, Matthew (Courtney) Gray of Noblesville, Ind., Conner Gray of Charlotte, N.C., Stephen Piha of Fayetteville, David Summerford of Dallas, Texas, Cameron Summerford of Carthage, Mo., and Liam Summerford of Carthage; granddaughters, Lauren (C.D.) Clevenger of Poquoson, Va., Madison (Lee) Moore of Landis, N.C., and Brittney (Grant) Pierce of Huntsville, Ala.; two great-grandsons; and three great-granddaughters.
A rosary service was held May 14, 2019, and a funeral Mass was held May 14, 2019, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Fayetteville. Final interment was in St. Vincent de Paul Cemetery in Rogers. under the direction of Moore's Chapel in Fayetteville.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Circle of Life. To send a memorial gift to her family please visit the funeral chapel's sympathy store.
An online guest book is available at www.mooresfuneralchapel.com.
Moore's Chapel Funeral Home of Fayetteville was in charge of arrangements.
Veronica Louise Hill
Veronica Louise Hill, 72, of Prairie Grove, Ark., passed away on May 23, 2019, from natural causes at Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville, Ark.
She was born on Aug. 8, 1946, in Towanda, Pa., to Peggy Walters and George William Lattimer. She graduated from Troy High School and then married Chester Hill Jr. a few years later, on Oct. 28, 1967. She was also known by her friends and family as Vonnie which she went by pretty much her entire life. She loved crafting, baking, sewing, reading, old movies (Gone With the Wind), music (Elvis) and songs (The Old Rugged Cross), helping others, and most importantly, putting others before herself. She was a wonderful mother and wife. She always adopted other children that befriended her daughters. She inspired others to do what they wanted in life. She was a housewife for most of her life but she did work outside the home off and on through the years. She was part of the VFW Auxiliary, a church Elder at the former West Fork Presbyterian Church and member of its lady's group, Sunday School Teacher, and Girl Scout Leader. Some of her favorite things were the color purple, ducks and geese, and the beach.
She is survived by her loving husband, Chester of the home, in Prairie Grove; daughters, Evelyn Witt and Lynda Davis, both of Fayetteville; brothers, George (Carol) Lattimer, John (Nancy) Lattimer; sister, Shirley (Nick) Jannett; sister-in-law, Alma Irvin of Alpena; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews, cousins, dear friends and other extended family.
Services are yet to be determined.
An online guest book is available at www.luginbuel.com.
Luginbuel Funeral Home of Prairie Grove is in charge of arrangements.Obits on 06/12/2019
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