OBITUARY

Gertrude Gray

February 28, 1930May 6, 2019
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Gertrude Gray Obituary (February 28, 1930 – May 6, 2019) Gertrude Gray is the second child born to the union of Oliver Gray and Mary Virginia Gray. Gertrude was born on February 28, 1930 in Tchula Mississippi. Gertrude was one of fourteen siblings. She has five brothers and sisters from the marriage union of Oliver and Mary Virginia; Cleaster Gray (preceded in death), RJ Gray (preceded in death), Beatrice Hobbs, Geneva Calbert, and Rubirtha Ford. Oliver Gray was a widower before his union with Mary Virginia and his first union in marriage produced eight children; Oliver Gray, Mary Strong, Jessie Gray, Hattie Brownlow, Carrie Jenkins, Samuel Gray, Everett Gray (all preceded in death) and Olivia Baker. Gertrude was the mother to five children; Felicia Cannon, Waylon Cannon, Cecilia Cannon, Philip Cannon, and Phyllis Cannon Scott. Gertrude was grandmother to five; La Shawn Cannon, Philip Antoine Cannon, Janyel Cannon, Ashley Scott, and Kayla Cannon. Gertrude was also the great-grandmother to three; Preston Charlie Breylan Cannon, Julian Clay Cannon and Noah Coltrane Cannon. And, aunt and great-aunt to many nieces and nephews. Gertrude was a consummate worker and sometimes held two jobs to care for her family. She attended Los Angeles Community College and graduated with an Associates Degree in Children’s Education. Gertrude retired from the Los Angles Unified School District (LAUSD) after 25 years of service. Gertrude enjoyed working with children. She was a Teaching Assistant delivering reading programs to elementary school students and a Library Resource Assistant at a middle school. Gertrude volunteered in her community throughout her life. She volunteered as Sunday School superintendent and teacher, participated in charity programs, and after retirement volunteered as a Los Angeles County Voter Elections poll worker. Gertrude was a tireless compassionate mother, sister, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, caregiver, and worker. And, will be greatly missed! Let us not remain sadden, but remember, Philippians 3:20-21 “But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.”

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  • Memorial Service Friday, May 10, 2019

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Ashley Scott

May 10, 2019

Grandma was always supportive of my hobbies bowling, track and band. She tried to always attend as many events as she could. I also loved when Grandma would do her famous dance “pull the skip” as I played my saxophone. Just thinking about it brings a smile and now tears of such a great memory. Most importantly, I hope all of you will have the faith and fight to “keep on keeping on”, even when it’s difficult. Grandma’s life might have been discontinued here on earth, but her life continues in Heaven with our family that has already joined the upper room (Heaven). I pray that everyone will have a strong faith like Trudie so they can see her again! Five years ago, Grandma’s doctor told her she had a failing heart. We all know Trudie’s heart overflowed with love! She flew away in the morning, but she did not fly out of our hearts. I beg all of you to consider the faith Trudie had, even if it is as small as a mustard seed. (Matthew 17:20) Trudie believed in blessed assurance and now she is forever lost in the love and presence of Christ! (1 John 3:19-23) This is her story, and this is her song. And may her legacy live on within each us.
Love, Ashley Scott

Ashley Scott

May 10, 2019

When I think of my Grandma (we sometimes called her GG, Gert or Trudie) the word virtuous comes to mind. Trudie shared the same characteristics as the virtuous woman in Proverbs 31; Trustworthy, Gifted, Wise. Selfless. Nurturing. Strong. Hardworking, Provider. Loving, and Caring. Trudie’s personality was very contagious and genuine. I loved when Grandma would share stories of her childhood growing up in Mississippi with her siblings. Grandma stories always painted a vivid picture! I learned a lot from Trudie’s stories and will always cherish her stories. My favorite memory with grandma of course is scratching lottery tickets. When I was a kid, I knew when I went to Grandma’s it was a guarantee we were going to park, library, and store for lottery tickets. Grandma would buy Antione, Janyel, Kayla and myself lottery tickets to scratch. We would all get so excited when she let us pick out our own ticket to scratch with the lucky penny, she provided us. Sometimes I think Grandma was much more excited than we were! In the evening Bea, Rue, or Gen and sometimes all three would call and say “Gert, turn to channel # the lotto numbers are coming on!” Lol When the numbers were being called, we had to be quiet so grandma could write down the right number then of course confirm with one of her sisters. Bea, Rue, Gen would say very excitedly did you win!!! Then Grandma would say, “Aww heck or shucks I came so close, but I am off by one number; if it was this number, we would have won BIG!! I will always love Grandma more than any Mega Million lottery ticket!
Love You All, Ashley Scott

Lorenzo Gray

May 9, 2019

May you travel to your final resting place knowing that you made a huge difference to all that you touched. To the family, my deepest sympathy,

Lorenzo Gray

Sharon Coffey

May 9, 2019

Hello this is your second cousin the daughter of Lula King. My sincere condolences to the entire family. You are in my thoughts and prayers. May GOD bless you with his strength, peace, and comfort~

Joan Nalls

May 9, 2019

Always a beautiful smile, always a kind word, always a big bear hug. That is how I will remember Gertrude. She will live on in the kindness she showed and the love she brought into our lives. To the family, my thoughts and prayers are with you. "God is our refuge and strength." Psalms 46:1

Joan Nalls (Napoleon's wife)

Alma Clement

May 9, 2019

My sincere condolences for the loss of Aunt Gertrude. May you find strength and comfort in your memories.

Your cousin,
Alma (Gray) Clement

Marguerite Rhodes

May 9, 2019

Heartfelt condolences to the family of Gertrude Gray. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during your bereavement. From your cousins; the children of Priscilla (Marshall) Sims.

Marguerite Rhodes

May 8, 2019

Heartfelt condolences to the family of Gertrude Gray. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during your hour of bereavement. Rest in peace Cousin Gertrude. From the family of Priscilla (Marshall) Sims

Lula King

May 8, 2019

Gertrude, my first cousin I will miss you can't believe you are gone. Such a wonderful person so conservative always a lady.

BRENDA GRAY

May 8, 2019

I'd just spoken with her about a month ago and she seemed to be in good spirit. She was a lot of fun at Grandma Virginia Funeral. I remember sitting behind her and she told me that i have a beautiful voice. My prayers and condolences are with my cousins.
Rest in peace Auntie, until we meet again.💏❤❤📖

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