Carole Edith Ruhlen Gray
Carole Gray, 89, passed away Aug. 11, 2017 in Lenexa, KS. Memorial services will be Sat., Sept 9 at 1:00 pm at Asbury Methodist Church, Prairie Village, KS. Graveside services are noon Sunday, Sept. 10, in Eureka, KS. Carole was born Au-gust 9, 1928 at Winchester, KS, the youngest of five children of Rev. Charles and Edith (Stafford) Ruhlen. Carole grew up in multiple small Kansas towns as the daughter of a Methodist minister. A Jayhawk and Watkins Hall scholar, she graduated from K.U. in 1948. She married Glenn (Barney) C. Gray on Sept. 2, 1948 at Ebenezer Church in Clay Center, KS. The young couple moved to Nebraska after graduation, and later settled in Prairie Village, KS. After their 5th child, they moved to Overland Park, Kansas. Carole was a founding member of Asbury Methodist Church in Prairie Village, KS. She and Barney supported the church throughout their lives. She enjoyed singing in the choir and her UMW circle. Carole was president of the MSPE Auxiliary, and an officer in the Kansas Historical Society. Carole played trombone, piano, and organ. She was an accomplished seamstress, bridge player, and an excellent cook. She loved spending time with her many friends and family. Carole is preceded in death by her husband, Glenn C. (Barney) Gray; and her siblings; Stafford Ruhlen, Ralph Ruhlen, and Lylas Guglar. Carole is survived by her sister, Ruth Butterfield and her five children: Jeffrey Alan Gray (Katy, TX), Jon Gray and his wife Karen, (Overland Park, KS), David Gray and his wife Brenda (Ann Arbor, MI), Julia Saller and her husband Art (Sugar Land, TX), Laura Gray (Overland Park, KS.); and her eleven grand-children and five great-grandchildren.