MARTINSVILLE — Thelma (Traub) Gray, 93, a resident of Vincennes, passed away Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022.

She was born on Monday, Aug. 19, 1929, in Johnson County, to the late Clarence and Hazel (Paul) Traub. She was married to Byron “Gus” Gray on Sept. 20, 1947.

Thelma was a 1947 graduate of Martinsville High School. Thelma’s father worked as a dairyman for the Indiana Masonic Home in Franklin, and she lived on the grounds there from 1934 to 1941. She was a housewife and also a Morgan County commissioner. She was the first lady in the state of Indiana to be elected for that position. Prior to being elected a commissioner, she served two terms as Morgan County recorder. Thelma and Gus were owners of Gray’s Laundry in Martinsville. She was a member of Quincy Baptist Church and Martha Chapter No. 217 of the O.E.S. In 2020, Thelma received the Circle of Corydon Award from the state of Indiana.

She is survived by her daughter, Marietta Haase; grandson, Dane Haase; granddaughter, Tisha Haase (Burt Evans); and great-grandchildren, Gavin Benock, Delaney Haase, Demi Haase and Kendyl Newman. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews, on both the Gray and Traub sides.

Thelma was preceded in death by her husband, Byron “Gus” Gray, who passed away on Jan. 8, 2006; her parents, Clarence and Hazel; sisters, Dorthy Murray and Martha Robinson.

Funeral service will be held at noon on Friday at Costin Funeral Chapel with Todd Barnhizer officiating. Visitation will be prior to the service beginning at 11 a.m.

Burial will be at Independent Order of Odd Fellows in Waverly.

Special thanks to Oak Village Health Care Center and Heart to Heart Hospice.

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