Blanche Iris Gray

October 5, 1937March 9, 2019

Blanche Iris Gray, 81 of Huntsville, AL passed away on Saturday, March 9, 2019. Blanche was born in Scottsboro, AL on October 5, 1937. She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Mamie Bailey; her siblings, John Bailey, Jr, Jack Bailey and Doris Brocato; her husband, David Gray.

Left to cherish her memory are her sons, Mark Edwards (Lorita) of Madison, AL, Keith Edwards (Janet) of New Castle, Australia and Phil Edwards (Daphe) of Madison, AL; nine grandchildren, fifteen great grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Blanche was a member of The Harvest Fellowship Church. She was a nurse who worked at Huntsville Hospital in the Oncology Unit for many years. She enjoyed traveling and camping.

You may visit with the family on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 from 6:00pm until 8:00pm at Valhalla Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, March 14, 2019 at the Chapel of Love Mausoleum at 3:00pm, officiated by CW Turner. Entombment will immediately follow services. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice Family Care in Blanche’s honor. Please leave fond memories and condolences for the entire Gray family at


  • Visitation Wednesday, March 13, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, March 14, 2019

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Lynne Brocato Daly

March 11, 2019

I remember Aunt Blanche from the time I was 2 years old. Seems as if we were almost always together at different points in our lives. I used to call her “My Second Mother”. I have many, many memories of her, but the one that stands out in my mind the most is seeing her in her nurse uniform for the first time. She looked beautiful in that crisp white uniform and hat. I was so proud of her for that prosperous achievement and her dedication to the medical work she had chosen.
She will forever be the baby of the original Bailey family. Our grandparents and all 6 of their children are reunited at last in Heaven.
Rest In Peace Dear Aunt Blanche. You will forever be missed. Love always, your daughter, as you called me. ♥️

Gail Lenox

March 11, 2019

Aunt Blanche was my mom’s sister and my friend. I was close to her and Jawas tried to make time to visit her and talk about tv shows and movies. We enjoyed KFC together. I visited her a few before she passed but she told me last time I talked to her she was sick she would call me soon for a visit. But it’s been 3 months since I heard from her. I wish her peace and love and know she is in a good place. My husband Billy and I love u much

Teri James

March 10, 2019

My dear, sweet Aunt Blanche❤️ She was my dad’s baby sister, the mother of my three handsome cousins and the daughter of my precious Granny who she grew to look like more and more each day💕 She and I got to spend a lot of time together over the last four years and I enjoyed every minute of it!! My heart breaks because I was too sick to go see her the last week of her life; to tell her I love her (only to hear her tell me ‘I love you more’) and to give her one last hug. We enjoyed Little Libby’s catfish, Arby’s beef and cheddar sandwiches (plus those wonderful potato cakes!) and Kit-Kat!!! A chocoholic no doubt😃 But amidst all the sadness I am thankful knowing she was a precious child of God and for the privilege of witnessing her baptism Nov. 1, 2015. So I say ‘so long Aunt Blanche’. I look forward to our reunion one day. Love you always💔