Veda D.  (Hensley) Gray Rector
LINWOOD - Veda D. (Hensley) Gray Rector, 97, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020, in her residence following an extended illness.
She was born on Aug. 8, 1922, in Mount Pleasant Township in Delaware County to Charles and Louise (Gilbert) Hensley. She was a graduate of Yorktown High School, Class of 1940. Veda has lived in the rural Alexandria area since 1947. She was an accomplished seamstress and did alterations for the former JC Penny and Sears stores in Anderson. Veda was a skilled wallpaper hanger. She was a longtime member of the Vermillion Friends Church in rural Alexandria.
Survivors: four grandchildren, Gerald (Genny) Imel, Alexandria, Teresa (Brett) Manis in Oklahoma, Michelle Wright, Wolcottville, and Deanna Fields, Gas City; seven great-grandchildren; 12 great-great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Trudy Gray; son-in-law, Arthur Craft; several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Cyril Gray in 1963, Marshall Rector in 2002; five sisters; four brothers; daughter, Janice Craft; son, Roger Gray; granddaughter, Rhonda Higgenbotham; great-great-grandson, Christopher Manis.
Services honoring Veda's life, legacy and faith will take place at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, in the Owens Funeral Home, 412 N. Harrison St., Alexandria, with Pastor Dick Gregg officiating. Interment will follow in Park View Cemetery at Alexandria.
Friends may call at the Owens Funeral Home from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Vermillion Friends Church through the funeral home.
The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to the following caregivers: Brigitte Pettigrew, Patzi Sheets, Connie Connor, Linda Jones, Shawna Tillman and Kindred Hospice.
Owens Funeral Home is honored to care for Veda and serve the Hensley/Rector families.
Online condolences: www.owensmemorialservices.com
Published on January 12, 2020

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Elsie Vannatta and family
Jan 14, 2020
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