Dorothy Jean Gray  April 15 1927  July 19 2019

Dorothy Jean Gray April 15 1927 July 19 2019

April 15 1927 July 19 2019
Dorothy’s Obituary DOROTHY JEAN GRAY, 92, of Council Bluffs, Iowa, formerly of Chester, Illinois, went to her heavenly home peacefully on Friday, July 19, 2019at Jennie Edmundson Hospital in Council Bluffs, IA with her daughters, Nancy and Sally, by her side. She was born to the late Marshall and Adeline (nee Crittenden) Lochhead on April 15, 1927 in Chester, Illinois. Dorothy graduated from Chester High School in 1944, where she was crowned May Queen. She married Nathaniel Gray and she was the proud mother of 4 children. After raising her 4 children in the Midwest, Dorothy’s adventurous spirit took her to San Francisco. Arriving with only a dog and a suitcase. Dorothy went to work at the age when most people think of retirement. She worked tirelessly and very successfully until the age of 79. Most notably for Hellman Friedman, where she was known as “the voice of Hellman Friedman,” She took great pride in her work and loved fielding calls from all over the world. Given Dorothy’s passion of music, dancing and the arts; it was ironic that her boss, banjo-playing hillbilly billionaire Warren Hellman sponsored his own annual massive music festival in Golden Gate Park called “Hardly Strictly.” After retirement, Dorothy entered the world of dog shows with her 2 much loved Irish setters, Omega and Prince. Together they traveled all around the country. Her favorite hound Omega made it to the prestigious Westminster in New York City. In light of her deep affinity for space exploration, it was very befitting that Dorothy passed away on the day before the moon landing anniversary. Dorothy had returned to Chester from 2010 until 2017. Survivors: 3 Children: Nancy Augustine Ned Gray Sally Hauer 9 Grandchildren 12 Great Grandchildren Preceded in death by: Parents, 1 Daughter – Janet “Jan” Gray Funeral Service: 11:00 am, Tuesday, July 30, 2019 Pechacek Funeral Homes, Chester, Illinois Interment: Evergreen Cemetery Chester, Illinois Visitation: Tuesday – 10:00 am – 11:00 am Pechacek Funeral Homes, Chester, Illinois Memorials: First United Methodist Church, Chester, Illinois Read More

Our most sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Dorothy Jean Gray April 15 1927 July 19 2019.

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Death notice for the town of: Chester, state: Illinois

death notice Dorothy Jean Gray April 15 1927 July 19 2019

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  1. Dorothy was a friend of mine whom I adored talking to. She always had a grain of wisdom in just about everything she said. She was always happy and loved working. I worked with her at H&F for 9 years. I used to love calling the office when I was out for whatever reason to hear that killer voice of hers. She sounded like Marilyn Monroe. Amazing woman and friend and I will miss her dearly,. Safe journey my friend. I am sure you are in heaven now listening to Warren’s new band-mates with Jan. Happy listening. See you someday over the rainbow.



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