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Gross Funeral Home

120 Wrights ST, Hot Springs, AR

OBITUARY

Josephine Doebele Bray

February 28, 1923July 22, 2020

Josephine Doebele Bray

Josephine Doebele Bray died Wednesday, July 22, 2020 in Hot Springs at the age of 97. She was born in Hanover, Kansas on February 28,1923 to the late Philip Urban Doebele and Nora Meier Doebele. She made her home in Malvern in the 1940's and became involved in the community including leader of the local 4H; membership in the Home Demonstration Club, The Green Thumb Garden Club, and the Hot Spring County Democratic Committee; volunteer for Meals on Wheels as well as an Election Day poll worker. She was a judge in The Malvern Council of Garden Clubs and had the distinguished honor of University of Arkansas Master Gardener. She was the founder of a local breast cancer survivor support group and served on the board of the Smith House Shelter for Women. She was honored for her achievements as manager for the Smith House Thrift Shop where she worked tirelessly even into her 80's. She was a talented floral designer and owned Bettie's Flower Shop in Malvern which she operated for over 20 years. She looked forward to attending floral conventions and served as the President of The Arkansas Florist Association in 1977. She was an active member of First United Methodist Church, Malvern volunteering weekly to design the altar flowers.

She was a devoted mother and grandmother who was very involved in the lives of her family. Jo enjoyed cooking, entertaining, and hosting family weddings, engagement, and birthday parties. She and husband Jim enjoyed traveling to Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Europe.

She is survived by three daughters, Susan Lancaster of Fayetteville, Jean Harper and her husband Paul of Malvern, and Martha Lowry of Hot Springs; three grandchildren, Andrea Hassell, Leslie Lancaster-Smith, and Brad Smith; and eight great-grandchildren, Megan Sutterfield, Phillip Hassell, Billy Hassell, Geneva Smith, Lexa Smith, Evan Smith, Sloan Smith, and Drew Smith.

Jo was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, James Vaughn Bray (Jim); a step-son, Jimmy Bray; two sons-in-law, Phillip Toler and John Lowry; three brothers, Steve, Urban, and Frank Doebele; and two sisters, Margaret Koppes and Nora Thiel.

There will be a private family funeral at Gross Funeral Home. Burial will be at Wilson Cemetery near Lewisville.

Memorials can be made to the First United Methodist Church in Malvern

OBITUARY SUBMITTED BY: Gross Funeral Home

  • FAMILY

  • Philip Urban Doebele, Father (deceased)
  • Nora Elizabeth (Meier) Doebele, Mother (deceased)
  • James Vaughn Bray, Husband (deceased)
  • Susan Lancaster, Daughter
  • Jean Harper (Paul), Daughter
  • Martha Lowry, Daughter
  • Andrea Hassell, Granddaughter
  • Leslie Lancaster-Smith, Granddaughter
  • Brad Smith, Grandson
  • Jo also leaves to cherish her memory eight great-grandchildren, Megan Sutterfield, Phillip Hassell, Billy Hassell, Geneva Smith, Lexa Smith, Evan Smith, Sloan Smith, and Drew Smith.


    Jo was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, James Vaughn Bray (Jim); a step-son, Jimmy Bray; two sons-in-law, Phillip Toler and John Lowry; three brothers, Steve, Urban, and Frank Doebele; and two sisters, Margaret Koppes and Nora Thiel.

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Esther Whitlow

July 29, 2020

Jean, your mom was an outstanding person. She always saw her projects through and with great success. She was amazing.

Barbara Doebele Donovan

July 27, 2020

Aunt Jo brought such fun & southern charm to our family in our shared hometown of HANOVER, KS. She & her beautiful daughters, Susan, Jean & Martha visited most summers & we loved hearing their southern accent! Aunt Jo was filled with energy, strength & love. We enjoyed traveling to her home in Malvern for our family vacations where we first saw “Gone With The Wind” on a huge screen in Little Rock. Other fond memories include my first air plane ride with my two aunts & cousin to attend Jean’s gorgeous wedding. I vividly recall the beauty & fragrant smell of Aunt Jo’s specially selected gardenias in the corsages & bouquets from her floral shop. What wonderful memories we recall as we celebrate her life! Sending big hugs & prayers to the entire family.

Jacqueline Doebele

July 25, 2020

I am so sorry for your loss. Aunt Jo was my God Mother. I enjoyed seeing Aunt Jo and visiting with her. I also enjoyed talking to her on the phone. I am very grateful for all the trips Aunt Jo and Uncle Jim made to Hanover, Kansas. She was an amazing lady. May she rest in peace. I will keep your family in my thoughts and prayers. Love Jacqueline Doebele

Karen and Jay Karen and JK GOINS Jr

July 24, 2020

Les, Patrick, Geneva, Lexa, Evan and Susan, we send our love on the loss of your beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She accomplished so much in her life, and I know how much your family treasured her. I so loved going into her flower shop, and was always graciously greeted when visiting her home. Our prayers will be ongoing for each of you.

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