Funeral services were held today at 10:30 a.m. at the Holstein United Methodist Church. Rev. Jerry R. Miller officiated. Burial was in the Sunset View Cemetery at Washta. Visitation was on Tuesday from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. at the Boothby Funeral Home in Cherokee with the family present from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Visitation continued on this morning at the church in Holstein from 8:30 a.m. until service time. Online condolences can be left at www.boothbyfuneral.com.
Louise was born on Dec. 10, 1913, at Jefferson, Iowa to Irving and Gladys (Crowl) Torrey. Louise graduated from Correctionville High School in 1930. She continued her education obtaining her teacher's certificate and taught country school until her marriage. She was married to Russell W. Gray on Oct. 14, 1934 at rural Cherokee. She and her husband farmed in Buena Vista County for one year, in Woodbury County for 13 years and in Ida County from 1949 until 1994, when they retired and moved to Holstein. Louise and her husband Russell had 68 wonderful years together before his passing on March 30, 2003. In the spring of 2007, Louise moved into Char Mac Assisted Living in Holstein and in November of 2009 moved to the Holstein Good Samaritan Center. She was a member of the Holstein United Methodist Church, Order of Eastern Star and the Neighborhood Club. She enjoyed raising sheep on the farm, working in her flower garden, baking, reading, and spending time with family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She is survived by one daughter and three sons: Shari Pretzer and her husband Wallace of Leesburg, Fla.; Lanny Gray and his wife Patty of Buffalo Grove, Ill.; Bill Gray and his wife Marlis of Correctionville; Jim Gray and his wife Marcy of Bellevue, Colorado; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one brother: Robert Torrey and his wife Phyllis of Cherokee.