Elsie Mae Bray, daughter of the late Ellis and Mary Watkins, was born on June 10, 1941 in Halifax, Virginia.
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She accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized at First Baptist Church in Norfolk, Virginia.
And continued her walk with Christ and joined Mount Olive Baptist Church on December 29, 2014.
She departed this life on October 29, 2020 after a short illness.
She received her education at Booker T. Washington High School in Norfolk, Virginia.
She married Earl Henderson Bray on September 22, 1961 and out of that union, three sons were born: Kenneth, Alvin and Calvin.
Elsie retired from the Norfolk Public School System after 18 years of service. She enjoyed being on the Hospitality Committee, the Golden Years Ministry and Missionary Ministry.
She participated in the Norfolk Senior Olympics and was a member of the Grand Court, Order of Calanthe of Virginia.
Elsie, or “Skinny” which she was fondly known as, enjoyed going to the movies, reading books and having lunch with her friends. She loved family holidays and traveling.
Elsie leaves to cherish her memory: her son Kenneth, Alvin (Felicia) family friend, Calvin( Tanya) a devoted daughter in law. One sister Wilhemenia Avant of New York;
adopted sister and brother Esther Charity and James Carter both of Norfolk, Virginia; five grandchildren, Tiara, Shayla, Kimberly, Kenneth and Brianna and a host of great grands, nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.