1928 - December 24, 2009
Margaret Joyce (Polders) Gray, 81, died Dec. 24, 2009, in Craig. She was born Dec. 10, 1928, the second of four children born to Edgar and Pearl Polders, of rural El Paso County.
She grew up with her three siblings on the family ranch south of Simla, and attended Alta Vista School, graduating in 1946.
The foundation of Margaret’s life was laid when she, as a teenager, put her trust in God’s simple promise, “Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31).
She was baptized at First Baptist Church in Simla, as an outward sign of her inward faith.
Margaret attended Western State College in Gunnison, earning a teacher certificate.
Her first teaching job was teaching primary grades at Tructon School of Yoder. There, Margaret met her future husband, Don Gray. They were married May 24, 1951, and made their home in rural El Paso County, near Rush. They owned a farm/ranch that they operated until 2007.
At that time, they sold the ranch and moved near Craig, to be closer to family.
Margaret and Don were blessed with five children, LuAnne, Tom, Brenda, Jesse and Kris; 13 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren.
Don and Margaret celebrated 58 years of marriage.
They shared much joy and love, along with some heartaches and trials.
Some of their favorite activities were camping, playing board and card games, traveling and attending ball games, checking cattle and crops, raising children and spending time with their grandchildren.
Margaret enjoyed many things, including good friends, reading, gardening, sewing, quilting, American history, writing, decorating, studying the Bible and meditating on God’s words.
Throughout her life, God developed in her a deep love for His word and she spent many hours with him, sharing her joys and sorrows, taking her requests to Him, and listening for His direction in her life.
On Dec. 24, 2009, after a long and valiant battle with melanoma, Margaret went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Services were Dec. 29, 2009, at Craig Christian Church.
She is survived by her husband, Don; children, LuAnne (Keith) Antonson, of Fruita, Tom (Brenda) Gray, of Craig, Jesse Gray, of Craig, and Kristina (Jason) Badje, of Hay Springs, Neb.; 13 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Margaret also is survived by her sisters, Arlene Wofford, of Hiawatha, Kan., and Kathy Minich, of Olathe, Kan.; brother-in-law Jim (Barbara) Polders, of Colorado Springs; and sister-in-law Betty (Norvan) Eaks, of Pueblo.
She was preceded in death by her parents, parents-in-law, Howard and Marie Gray, daughter Brenda Jackson, son-in-law Mike Jackson, and grandson, Jesse Gray.
A memorial service will take place sometime in the spring of 2010 at Kendrick Bible Church in Rush.