Funeral services for Dorothy Grace Grau Gruber, age 89 of Plano, formerly of Mount Vernon, were Wednesday, May 2 at the Valley View Christian Church in Dallas. Burial was in the Mount Vernon City Cemetery.
Mrs. Gruber was born Dec. 9, 1923 in the Union Community of Franklin County. She was the oldest daughter of seven children born to Estle and Lura Olive Simon Grau. She graduated as the salutatorian of her Mount Vernon High School senior class in 1941. Her father and brother went to Shreveport, La. for work. There she met the love of her life, Leland Frank Gruber, who was stationed at Barksdale Field during World War II. On Nov. 1, 1945, they married and moved to Illinois. She was a homemaker, a seamstress, and a waitress for the Illinois State Legislature lunch counter. She was a waitress for Mary’s Cafe, Head Cashier for National Food Store, and an Auto Rater for Horace Mann Insurance.
After her husband retired in 1976, they moved to Garland to be near family. In 1986 she retired from Texas Credit Union after 10 years as an auto rater for insurance to care for her husband. After his death in 1988, she worked in a law office, retiring when she moved to Carrollton with her daughters in 1998. She was a member of the Eastwood Christian Church for 20 years and a member of the Valley View Christian Church in Dallas for the past 17 years.
She died Sunday, April 29. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and her brothers, James Weldon Grau, Gerald Eugene Grau, Derwin Clyde Grau, and Billy Earl Grau.
She is survived by two daughters, Jean and Denna Gruber of Carrolton; two sisters, Marjorie Mott of Gun Barrel City and Marlene Broome of Bentonville, Ark.; numerous nieces and nephews, and a sister-in-law, Dorothy Williams Grau of Richardson.