Hazel Alice Gray Dennis
Hazel Alice Gray Dennis, of Little Rock, born December 5, 1915 in Flint,
Michigan to the late Carl McDonald and Julia Etta Broughton Gray. She moved on
to a greater life April 6, 2004.
Hazel lived her early life in Flint until she met and married Melvin
"Dutch" Dennis in 1938. In 1946 they moved to Northeast Arkansas where
they lived in Milligan Ridge, Caraway, Osceola, McCrory and Little Rock. Her
ambition was to be a schoolteacher and writer of children's books but was not
able to attend college. Nevertheless, she became a storyteller to her children,
a substitute teacher in public schools and a dedicated Sunday school teacher.
She was an active worker in the Laubach Literacy Program teaching adults to
read. She was a member of various Methodist church choirs for 74 years. Wherever
she lived, she took care of anyone who needed help, especially children and
older people, reading the Bible and writing letters for them.
Hazel was preceded in death by a daughter, Judy Rhodes who died in 1984, and is
survived by her husband M. D. "Dutch" Dennis of Little Rock, a
daughter Sally Carter of Edmond, Oklahoma, a son Randy and wife Joyce Dennis of
Little Rock, a brother Dave and wife Carol Gray, a sister-in-law Barbara Gray
all of Flint, Michigan, four grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
There will a visitation Thursday from 5 to 7pm at Ruebel Funeral Home followed
by a funeral service Friday at 1pm at Faith United Methodist Church on West
Markham in Little Rock officiated by Dr. James H. Robnolt. Burial will be at
Pine Crest Cemetery under the direction of Ruebel Funeral Home. A memorial
service will be held Saturday, 10am, at First United Methodist Church of McCrory.
Memorials in lieu of flowers may be made to Caraway United Methodist Church, or
the McCrory United Methodist Church.
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