Adele Bray was a vivacious woman who loved to travel, had a great sense of humor, and was always willing to help others, Merlin Bray, her husband of 60 years said.
“She was so level-headed, and had an ability and strength and resilience to get through difficult and trying times,” he said. “She was a Cubs fan, after all, which is trying.”
Adele Bray, 80, of Valparaiso, died Sept. 20. She earned her nursing degree from Purdue University, and had worked as an RN with Porter Memorial Hospital,, the VNA of Porter County, and Infant & Child Care.
“She felt like it was her calling to serve families who had significant difficulties,” her husband said. “She was able to be helpful to them and work with them.”
She was an active member of Immanuel Lutheran Church. She was involved with the VU Guild and with Hilltop House nursery.
Bray enjoyed bowling and playing softball. She was a gifted musician, playing clarinet and singing alto in the church choir, her husband said.
She loved to travel, and had traveled the world extensively. She had been to Scotland, England, Germany, Australia and Norway.
Her favorite trip was to New Zealand with a friend, where the pair went black river rafting.
The Bray family also enjoyed camping trips with their six children, traveling around in their Airstream, which they called the “Silver Banana.”
“She really enjoyed traveling,” he said. “We taught them to love the environment.”