Kathryn Gray


Kathryn Lynne Gray, 68, of Ottumwa, passed away to her heavenly home February 16, 2021.

She was born August 15, 1952 in Greene, IA to Kenneth L. and LaRue Jean Miles Keith. She married Marc Hines, of which 2 children were born, Justin and Amber. They later divorced. She married Scott Gray December 23, 1998, and helped raise his daughter, Addie.

A 1970 graduate of Ottumwa High School, Kathy earned a specialized degree in court reporting from the American Institute of Business in 1973. She worked as an official court reporter for the 8th Judicial District of Iowa until moving to Houston, TX, where she continued as an official court reporter in the Domestic Relations Court for 10 years. Kathy and Marc then returned to Ottumwa to raise their 2 children. During this time, she worked as a freelance court reporter.
Kathy returned to school to become an RN and worked for 6 months at the Ottumwa Hospital. She later returned to work as an official court reporter with the State of Iowa.

Kathy supported and volunteered in many local organizations. She greatly enjoyed her fellowship with the Methodist Women’s Bible study and was a member of PEO Chapter HR. She was most recently involved with Child Evangelism Fellowship, which included the Good News Club and 5-Day Clubs. She was passionate about her pets and shared her beautiful horses with many friends and family members.

Kathy was a devoted Christian, loving mother, grandmother and an extraordinary caring woman.

Surviving is her husband, Scott; children, Justin (Catherine) Hines, Amber Lonsdale and Addie (Kevin) Halley; 7 grandchildren; 2 brothers, Les (Cathy) Keith and Lloyd (Joni) Keith both of Ottumwa; a sister, Sylvia (Bill) Kreamalmyer of West Burlington.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and 2 brothers, Daniel Keith and William Keith Sr.

Her body has been cremated. Friends may sign the register book or leave a memorial from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, February 18th at Reece Funeral Home. The family will be present to greet friends from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.rfh-ia.com.

Private memorial services will be held at Reece Funeral Home with Pastor Chris Childs officiating. For those unable to attend the service, you may watch it live at 1 p.m. Friday, February 19th on the Reece Funeral Home Facebook page. Inurnment will be in Ottumwa Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Grace Church.

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