The grave marker of Ada Park Gray, a mother of three young children and lifelong Philomath resident who died at age 29 in 1921. (Photo by Brad Fuqua/Philomath News)

Published as it appeared on April 1, 1921, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times, Page 1, Column 2.



Mrs. Ada Parks Gray of Philomath, wife of Ernest E. Gray and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph A. Parks of that little city, died this morning at the family home. Mrs. Gray had been ill the past three weeks from sleeping sickness and the end came very quietly this morning.

Mrs. Gray was one of several children born to Mr. and Mrs. Parks and had spent her entire life at Philomath where she was born November 7, 1891. She was aged 29 years and is survived by her husband, three little children, her parents and several brothers and sisters.

The funeral service will be held from the U.B. church at Philomath at 10 o’clock Sunday morning. Rev. Henderson will officiate at the service and interment will be in Newton cemetery.

Editor’s Note: Mrs. Gray’s death certificate listed encephalitis as the cause of death. Encephalitis lethargica, a form of encephalitis, was often referred to as “sleeping sickness.”