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Frances Dennis Bray

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Frances Dennis Bray
Frances Dennis Bray, 90, of Urbanna passed away peacefully Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2009, in a nursing facility in Richmond after a short illness.

She was the beloved wife of the late Robert Bray; cherished mother of their daughters, Jane Bray Flax Wolfe and Linda Bray Presson of Richmond; and adored “Grandma Frances” of grandsons Robert Aaron Flax of Alexandria, Jonathan Michael Flax of New York City, and Matthew Waring Presson of St. Louis, Mo.

Survivors also include her son-in-law, Marvin Lee Presson Jr., sisters, Wynona “Nonie” Dennis Hensley and Mary Lou “Jane” Dennis, and brother, James Creighton Dennis, all of Fort Worth, Texas; and many nieces, nephews and dear friends.

She was predeceased by her parents, Otis Napoleon Dennis and Annie Earl Flurry Dennis; and brothers, William Otis “Buster” Dennis and Don Earl Dennis.

Mrs. Bray was a native of Marlow, Okla., and after marrying in 1939, she and her husband moved to Dayton, Ohio, and then to his homeplace “Tuscarora” in Essex County. From there they went to Tappahannock and, in 1956, they accepted positions at Christchurch School in Middlesex County, from which they retired to Urbanna after 22 years.

Mrs. Bray was a member of Urbanna Baptist Church, and was a Ladybug volunteer at the former Saluda Nursing Home, where she devoted over 1,000 hours of work. Mrs. Bray, a tireless and positive lady, loved her home, family and friends. One of her sayings remembered was “Everyday, I wake up happy and go to bed happy!”

A private, graveside service will be held at a later date.

Mrs. Bray’s family wishes to express immense gratitude to Urbanna townspeople, staff at Imperial Plaza Manor Care, and clergy of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Richmond. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to an animal rescue program of choice.

posted 02.27.2009

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