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Lola Conner
January 24, 1935 ~
October 15, 2018
Date of Service: October 22, 2018

William Curtis
April 8, 1933 ~
October 03, 2018
Date of Service: October 26, 2018

Charles "Roger" Britt, Sr.
September 22, 1945 ~
October 07, 2018
Date of Service: October 27, 2018

Marlis Wernberg
January 2, 1944 ~
October 16, 2018
Date of Service: October 27, 2018

Lynda Ross
March 4, 1940 ~
October 15, 2018
Date of Service: November 03, 2018

Frances Babcock
February 23, 1929 ~
August 22, 2018
Date of Service: November 09, 2018

Virginia Frizzell
June 12, 1936 ~
October 16, 2018

George Dale
July 29, 1933 ~
October 13, 2018

Bert Kamps
December 8, 1923 ~
October 12, 2018

Rex Biddy
June 4, 1919 ~
October 12, 2018

Jerome Nelson
July 16, 1941 ~
October 09, 2018

Margaret Gary
June 24, 1923 ~
October 04, 2018

Joyce Shepard
July 29, 1927 ~
October 03, 2018


Joan Bray

May 27, 1924 ~ December 11, 2017

Graveside Service: June 16, 2018 11:00 AM
   Location: Custer County Cemetery, Miles City

Iris “Joan” Bray

Joan Bray peacefully entered the Kingdom of Heaven surrounded by all of her children on December 11, 2017.

Joan was born to Sydney and Frances Holland on May 27, 1924, in Richmond, Surrey, England, where she grew up with her brother, Ken.  She was awarded a scholarship to attend the prestigious Tiffin Girls School where she graduated at the age of 17.  Raised in the midst of nightly bombings during WWII, wearing a helmet and carrying a gas mask to school or work was a daily event.    

Joan married Ralph Bray, a U.S. soldier stationed in London, in Surrey, England, on June 3, 1944.  Soon after, she made the long, solo journey to Miles City, Montana, prior to being joined by her new husband at the conclusion of the war.  Together, they raised their family and operated Bray’s Mortuary in Miles City.  In 1958, Joan and Ralph, along with their four children, moved to Terry, Montana, where they owned and operated the Agate Angus Ranch.  In 1970, they relocated to Bozeman.  Joan graduated with honors from Montana State University in 1974 with a degree in Home Economics.

A highlight of her life, Joan proudly represented Miles City and the state as Mrs. Montana in the 1956 Mrs. America pageant.  Through the years, Joan participated in the Robert Burns Scottish dance troupe, enjoyed doing a variety of arts and crafts, played bridge regularly, taught pre-school and kindergarten several years, served on the Terry public school board, delivered Meals on Wheels, volunteered at the Bozeman Senior Center and was an accomplished seamstress and knitter.

Joan was preceded in death by her parents and Ralph, her husband of 60 years.  She is survived by her brother, Ken (Betty) Holland; her four children, Ken (Vonnie) Bray, Edwin (Georgia K) Bray, Janet Bray, and Stuart (Patricia) Bray; 9 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.                           

Graveside services will be held Saturday, June 16 at 11 a.m. at the Custer County Cemetery in Miles City.

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