Evelyn Marie Grizzle Gray, 93, of Orange,  formerly of Beeville,  passed away on March 22. She was born on Feb. 17, 1920 in San Antonio, to Harvey H. and Annie Harriet (Hobbs) Grizzle. She grew up in Beeville, and graduated from A.C. Jones High School in 1937. Evelyn married Percy P.D. Gray on Oct. 2, 1940.  She was a member of St. Paul Methodist Church in Bridge City, and former member of First Christian Church in Beeville.

She was past president of Beeville Art Guild, past president of The Soroptimist Club, a member of The Garden Club, The Red Hat Club of Orange, and The Orange Singles Club.She dedicated many hours in family genealogy, was a creative artist, and Evelyn had a great love for cats and donated to The Humane Society of South East Texas.  She worked alongside her husband throughout the years in the designing of custom homes in Beeville. The Gray’s opened the first Dairy Queen in Beeville in the 1950’s.  They owned and operated it until 1979.

She was preceded in death by her parents Harvey and Annie Grizzle Wyckoff, husband P.D. Gray, and 2 grandsons, Jeremy Ryan Stone and Bryan Davis Stone.

She is survived by her son, Gary, and Alyce Gray of Beeville; daughters, Cheryl and Jerry  Stone of Orange, and Connie Bell of Austin; granddaughter, Kristy  and Troy Berry of Bridge City; two great grandsons, Bryson Constance and Ryker Berry; sister, Frances Carlisle of Papalote, and brother, Dennis & Earline Grizzle of Victoria.

A graveside service was held at Glenwood Cemetery, with the Rev. Vivian Woods officiating.

Donations may be made in Evelyn’s memory to the Humane Society of South East Texas P.O. Box 1629  Beaumont, Texas  77704.