Ralph Richard Gray (1911-2007) & Edna Louise Hickman (1913-2000)

updated July 2020

Ralph Richard Gray & Edna Louise Hickman were Todd’s paternal grandparents.

Ralph Richard Gray was born February 28, 1911 in Craig, Missouri. He was the 6th of 10 children. His parents are Franklin Edgar Gray and Maude Amy Davis. Read more about them here.

Edna Louise Hickman was born June 6, 1913 in Mound City, Missouri. She was the 3rd of 4 children. Her parents are George Fletcher Hickman and Minnie Alice Showalter. Read more about them here.

On the 1920 US Census, Ralph was 8 and lived with his parents and siblings on a farm in Holt County, Missouri. His brother Emory had died in 1917. Edna was 7 and lived with her parents, siblings and grandfather on a farm in Holt County, Missouri.

In 1929, when Edna was 16 years old, her father George died.

On the 1930 US Census, Ralph was 19 and lived with his parents and siblings on a farm in Holt County, Missouri. Edna was 18 and lived on a farm with her widowed mother and siblings in Holt County, Missouri.

Ralph and Edna were married on August 10, 1932 in Atchison County, Missouri. Edna was 19 years old and Ralph was 21. Grandma Edna told me that her interest in Ralph had been piqued after an afternoon of sledding with a group of friends, which included him.

In 1935, a son was born.

Edna Louise Hickman & Ralph Richard Gray

On the 1940 US Census, Ralph and Edna were married and lived in Atchison County, Missouri. They were living with Tom Westfall as hired hands, and had a 4 year old son, Todd’s father. Ralph was a laborer on the farm and Edna was a laundress.

In 1941, son Barry was born. In 1953, a daughter was born.

In 1965, when Edna was 52 years old, her mother Minnie died. In 1971, when Ralph was 60 years old, his father Edgar died, and the next year his mother Maude Amy died. Also in 1972, Edna’s sister Geneva died. Ralph’s brother Dean died in 1974, his brother Carl died in 1980, his brother Donald died in 1981. Edna’s sister Georgia died. In 1989, Ralph’s sister Frances died. In 1995, the last of Edna’s siblings, her brother David died.

Edna died on January 26, 2000 in Maryville, Missouri. She was 86 years old. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Ralph’s brother Harold died in 2000, his sister Marian died in 2002, and his sister Florence died in 2006.

Ralph and Edna’s son Barry died in 2007. Soon after, Ralph died on October 27, 2007 in Mound City, Missouri. He was 96 years old. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

The children of Ralph Richard Gray & Edna Louise Hickman:

A son, Todd’s father, living

Barry Richard Gray

Barry Richard Gray – Barry was born on December 2, 1941 in Holt County, Missouri. He married and had 3 children. He had a long career with State Farm Insurance. He died on January 22, 2007 in Clay County, Missouri at age 65. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

A daughter, living