Patsy Ruth O’Dell Gray was born in the small coal town of Boomer, West Virginia on 29 March, 1937 at the end of the Great Depression. Boomer is located on the north bank of the Kanawha River, 2 miles southeast of Smithers. Patsy often teased that she was born on a slag pile overlooking the Kanawha River. She was the 4th daughter born to Paul Edward O’Dell of Fowlers Knob, West Virginia and Aultie Elizabeth Fox of Beury, West Virginia along the New River Gorge. At the time of her passing, she had two older sisters who preceded her in death: Lois Evelyn O’Dell Moran of Charleston, WV and Bonnie Jean O’Dell Pierce, of Pratt, WV. She is survived by an older sister, Elizabeth “Betty” O’Dell Boley of McAlpin, FL and her little brother James “Sam” Edward O’Dell and wife Barbara J. O’Dell of Fayetteville, WV. Patsy O’Dell grew up along the Kanawha River Valley. Sometime in the late 1940’s Paul O’Dell moved his family to Youngstown, WV, also known as Beckwith, where Patsy and her siblings grew up and attended Elementary and High Schools. She is a 1956 Graduate of the Fayetteville High School. After graduation, in 1957 at the end of the Korean Conflict Patsy was compelled to join the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps also known as the WAC’s. She served honorably in Washington, DC working in the Pentagon with the Inspector General Office. After leaving the Army, she moved back to West Virginia, where she met and married the love of her life, Alexander M. Gray II. In 1972, she graduated “Magna Cum Laude” from Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. In 1976, she was hired by Benson Miller Vice President of Sergeant & Greenleaf Lock Company, as a Corporate Secretary. Benson quickly Realized her potential and promoted her into several key positions. By the end of her career with S&G in 2009, she had advanced to the position of Corporate Credit Manager and International Sales and Shipping Manager. Patsy Ruth O’Dell Gray is survived by her husband Alexander M. Gray II, three sons Frank E. Gray and his wife Cecilia R. Gray; Steven G. Gray and wife Gina D. Gray; and Brian P. Gray; She is also survived by her brothers-in-law Stewart “Skip” R. Gray and wife Nancy Pat Gray and Gregory M. Gray. She has three grandchildren, Kellye N. Gray, Alexandria C. Gray and Gavin E. Gray and one Great Grandchild Kailynn M. Johnson. Patsy Gray is also survived by 11 Nieces and Nephews. Kathryn Elizabeth Moran Rogers, Kenneth Ray Walker, Wayne A. Boley, Debbie Sue Pierce Thomas, Roger Dale Pierce, Kimberly E. O’Dell Toney, Jennifer R. O’Dell, Stewart R. Gray Jr., Kimberly Ann Gray, Mark A. Gray, and several Great Grand Nieces and Nephews.
Saturday, March 11, 2017
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September 25, 2017
Pat was a confidante, a confessor, a loyal and loving friend, a wonderful and constant voice of reason and sanity in a not-so-sane world at times. I shall never forget her and the wonderful years we had together as family, and I shall carry her in my heart the remainder of my days. I love you, Pat.
March 24, 2017
We will miss our dear Patsy very, very much! What a friend for almost 40 years!!!!
Augie Caunedo and our family at AC International Inc. in Miami, Florida and American Locks SA in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Corky, and all the family.
March 12, 2017
Your smile, your laughter, your wisdom will be greatly missed and fondly remembered!
Sally Shaw, Tucson, AZ
March 11, 2017
We go through life and we make friends, some stick with you and some do not. Patsy was my forever friend, did not make any difference how much time elapsed we always seemed to pick up our relationship as if it was only yesterday we had parted. I will miss that very much. Prayers for all the family. Love to Corky and all.
March 10, 2017
My thoughts are with you always MOM!, your loving son Steven
March 9, 2017
May God's loving kindness and comfort help you and your family through this very sad time Psalms 29:11