The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

July 5, 2013

Elaine Virginia Bray Amey

Clinton Herald


Elaine Virginia Bray passed away on July 3, 2013 in Pensacola, FL. She was born in Scales Mound, Ill on August 28, 1921. She gradu- ated from Lyons, Iowa High School in 1939, attended a year at Iowa State Universi- ty and graduated from Jane Lamb Nursing School in Clinton, IA with a degree as a registered nurse in 1944.

She married Ralph Miller and they had two daughters, Lynn and Marcia. Her second husband was Calvin Amey.

For most of her professional career, she worked as an industrial nurse at DuPont Cellophane Plant in Clinton, Iowa. After her retirement she moved to Pensacola, FL where she volunteered her time as a guardian ad litem for the state of Florida. Many chidren’s lives were made safer by her intervention on their behalf.

Ginny enjoyed going to the library to check out an armful traveling, shopping, playing Bunco and 500. If you were lucky, she would be walking in the door on your birthday with her famous chocolate chip cake. Whenever she traveled to Minnesota, she had to make her famous meat strudels and saffron bread for her family. For Christmas, you may have recieved some knitted slippers or a fuzzy hat from The Hat Lady as some of her friends called her. You may have re- ceived a postcard from her that showed a photo of the Maori dancers that she performed with in New Zealand. She was in West Berlin when the wall came down in 1989. If the phone rang at 7 a.m., it was Ginny who couldn’t wait to tell you some exciting experience she wanted to share with you. She loved children because she saw things through a child’s eyes, always curious and believing the best of people, always looking for adventure. She was a “Free Spirit” which she had printed on her business cards. She had a special place in her heart for animals, especially her 3 little grand dogs: Coco, Nellie and Sparky.

Ginny’s parents were James Dixon and Mary Bray, her older brother was Alden Bray. She has two daughters, Lynn (Richard) Carr of Houston, Minnesota and Marcia Priller (Michael) Catena of Brooksville, FL. her grandchildren are Deborah “Chipper” Carr of Caledonia, MN, Richard (Becky) Carr, JR. of Houston, MN, and Stefany (James) Adinaro of Salt Lake City, UT. She has 5 great-grandchildren, Tyler (Anna) McNamer, Mackenzie Lynn Anderson, and Hayley, Lilly, and Julia Carr. Also she has two great-great-grandchildren, Amelia and Eli McNamer.

Services and burial will be held at a later date in Clinton, IA at Lemke Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to a library she watched grow, Houston Public Library, 202 E. Cedar ST, Houston, MN 55943 or Favor House, 2001 W. Blount ST, Pensacola, FL 332501.

Great-granddaughter Mackenzie wrote a school paper about Grandma Ginny and at the end she wrote “If your heart is cold maybe you should call up my Grandma Ginny."