Claire Datray

August 5, 1929November 22, 2021

Claire Lou Datray, better known as Granny to every one of Valparaiso, IN passed away on the 22nd of November 2021 at the age of 92.

Born on August 5, 1929, in San Saba County, TX to Cody Mack Hibler and Lottie Lee Smithwick. After the passing of her father early in Granny’s life her mother remarried Robert Carl Moore, Granny worked for years at Montgomery Wards, she was also an integral member of several family businesses' including, Hitching Post, Granny’s House Cleaning, Classic Cafe, Service Doctor, Shawnee Western Wear, Shedricks Western Wear, Pecan Village Mobile Home & RV Park, Subway Deli, and Big D Ranch.

She married Arthur Clarence Datray Jr, the first of two times on August 24, 1946. The couple raised three children two sons, Ronnie and Wayne, and a daughter, Darlene. Granny was especially proud of her grandchildren! Angie, Marc, Tawna, Brandi, and Ronnie.

Granny was preceded in death by her mother, both fathers, her ex-husband, her sister Jerry, her two brothers Howard and J.W., her two sons, her grandson Ronnie, her two great-grandchildren Tevin and Lemiah. These losses hurt Granny's heart profusely. She is survived by her two sisters Patsy and Bobby, her Daughter, 4 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren Darcy, Taryn, Dayden, Ashlyn, Eva, and Steven. She also has 7 great-great-grandchildren Rainie, Meka, Isabella, Creed, Darius, Steven, Kira, and one on the way.

When Granny was asked her secret to being so youthful, she would reply "Cigarettes and Margarita's"! But Granny enjoyed being a daredevil. She loved to ride Harleys, gamble, and aerobatics. Granny is most known for her kind heart and nurturing of family, friends, animals, and plants.

There will be a visitation from 12 to 2 on December 11th at Brookside Funeral Home & Memorial Park in Houston, Tx at Eastex Freeway at Lauder Road. The service will be at 2:30. A celebration of Granny’s life will also be held in Indiana on January 8th.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Datray family.


  • Ronnie Datray, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Wayne Datray, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Ronnie Datray Jr., Honorary Pallbearer
  • Tevin Cates, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Lemiah Denny, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Jerry Gerland, Honorary Pallbearer
  • J W Hibler, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Howard Hibler, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Rudy Donat, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Harvey Pudifin, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Marc Cates, Pallbearer
  • Randy Ralls, Pallbearer
  • Robert Anderson, Pallbearer
  • Mike Ripple, Pallbearer
  • Nick Popovich, Pallbearer
  • Joe Buczek, Pallbearer
  • Ernesto Gonzalez, Pallbearer


11 December

Funeral Service

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Brookside Funeral Home

13747 Eastex Freeway
Houston, TX 77039


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Donna Harris-Warren

November 29, 2021

I am so sorry to learn that Mrs Datray has passed away. I went to school with both Wayne and Darlene. Wayne and I exchanged letters when he was in the army and remained friends until he passed away. I know that Mrs. Datray will be missed by her grandchildren and great grandchildren as well as all of her family. I pray for peace for all of you.