Leah A. Gray Fitzpatrick traveled peacefully to her heavenly home, January 14, 2019. She was born on September 25, 1921, the youngest child of Doyen Logan Appleman and Evelyn Fredella Fitchett, in South Fork, Fulton County, Arkansas. In her early years, she moved with her family from Arkansas to Oklahoma, and ending up in Aransas Pass, Texas before she was a teen. On July 10, 1937, she married Robert Samuel “Bob” Gray. Together they had five daughters and one son. Leah was a homemaker, seamstress, mechanics helper, plumber, small engine mechanic, and boat builder as she was Bob’s right hand woman in all his projects at home. She enjoyed it so well that she passed some of the lessons down to her children. Leah also had a passion for dancing, and she would tell stories about the times that Bob would stop their car in the middle of the road whenever Bob Wills music was playing on the radio. He would help her out of the car and dance her around it. After his passing, she joined the Arthur Murray Dance Studio where she continued dancing, and entered several amateur dance contests in New York City, Las Vegas, Chicago, San Antonio, and Dallas.
Leah was preceded in death by her parents, her oldest daughter Marion Roberta Gray, her husband Bob, second husband Archie L. Fitzpatrick, sisters Mary Louise (Frank) Smith, Burnis Ara (Marvin) Mitchell, Thelma Lorraine (Robert Doil) Turner, Isadora Nancy “Ikey” (George) Turner, brothers Donovan Earl (LeeOna) Appleman, Stratton Mayfield (Alice) Appleman, great-grandson Nicholas Carter, and daughter Bobbie Lee Gray Truell. She is survived by daughters Sandra Lou Gray (Leslie) Carter, Jamey Lynne Gray (Jack) McDaniel, Carrie Ann Gray (Harold) Smith, and son, Robert Samuel (Ahline) Gray, Jr., grandchildren Vicki Adelle Truell (Rodney) Hufford, Jennifer Janine Truell (Kevin) Maples, Richard Gray Carter, Christi La Nae Carter (David) Johnson, Jeannie Lyn Carter, Robert Ashley Gray, Frank Lee (April) McDaniel, Tomie Lynne McDaniel, Leah May Smith (Nick) Findlow , Cody Wayne Smith, great-grandchildren Tiffany Renee’ Hufford (Dalton) Smith, Ashley Nichole Hufford (fiancé Nicholas Gribble), Dominik Robert Marion Carter, Victoria Nicole Carter, Michelle Kimberly Johnson (Daniel) Walker, Mercedes Rene Layton, Thomas Vaughn Layton, Kaylynn Rose McDaniel, and Aivry Jo McDaniel.
Visitation will be on Thursday, January 24, 2019 from 6:00 to 8:30 PM at Seaside Funeral Home. A Celebration of life will be held Friday, January 25, 2019 at 10:00 AM at Seaside Reid Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Heart Association at https://www2.heart.org or to the Lewy Body Dementia Association at https://www.lbda.org/donate.