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Mother Mary Ella Gray-Thomas, age 90, retiree of Charity Hospital, entered into eternal rest on Sunday, November 27, 2016. Beloved wife of the late Harold "Father Josh" Thomas. Daughter of the late Robert Gray, Sr. and Odeal Nora Gray. Step-daughter of Emma Gray. Niece of Rev. Huey Hayes (Helen) Gray and the late Charlie Gray. Loving mother of Harold, Jr., Harold Robert, George, Sr, (Renee), Willie, James (Genevieve), Dorothy & Julia Thomas, Elaine (Terry) Bester, Odell (Reginald) Taylor, Kent (late Florence) Jackson and the late Leeroy & Mary Thomas. Grandmother of Ashley, Ashlyn, Billy, Brandin, Christable, Donald, George, Jr., Harontha, Jamel, Mary, Michael, Michelle C., Michelle D., Quentin, Raven and Wayne Thomas, Natasha Bester, Carol & Earl Elexis, Amanda & James Gathright, Deondria Tucker, Candi Wallace, Patricia Weber, Svenia (Matthew) Burlison, Elaina (Erick) Casillas, Kami (Jay) Hawkins, Likiuan (Lynn) January, Sharontha (Christopher) Johnson, Aquendolyn (Gregory) Odum, Nicole (Tyrone) Venney and Odell (Louis) Weston. Sister of Leeroy (Marie) Gray, Linda (late Charlie) Gray, Robert Gray, Angelique Isom, Angela Kelson, Odeal (late Alfred) Patterson, Ann Washington, and the late Lugine (Dorothy) Gray, Joseph (Gerlina) Gray-Pierre, Maggie Gray and George Gray. Great-grandmother of 59, great-great grandmother of 2 (1 belated). Also survived by nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
Family, friends, employees of Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans, Mount Nebo Bible Baptist Church, Third Manger #2, Philadelphia Ministries, Inc. and neighboring churches are all invited to attend the funeral services on Friday, December 2, 2016 at 12:30 pm at Rhodes Chapel, 3933 Washington Ave. Visitation will be from 11:30 am until 12:30 pm. Interment: Resthaven Memorial Park.