Ex-Alderman Vows: I'm Alive; at 86, She's Active in Life despite a Report She Was A[euro][approximately]the Late Bray Gray'

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Byline: Adrian Taylor adrian.taylor@capnews.com.au

BRAY Gray thought she'd better point out that she's not yet dead.

In fact, if she says so herself, she's anot bad for an old girla. And The Morning Bulletin is delighted to report it after publishing a letter earlier this month which referred to her as the alate Alderman Bray Graya.

aI didn't like that. I hate being late and I hate being kept waiting,a says Bray, who served 18 consecutive years on Rockhampton City Council from 1972 with a collection of aldermen, many of whom have departed to the great debating chamber in the sky.

She'll be 87 on Boxing Day and cares for herself at her house in Wandal where she's an avid reader and watcher of news.

In her heyday she was a pioneering woman. Her husband, George, who was the Federal Member for Capricornia for six years, died within a year of the birth of her youngest child and Bray juggled being a housewife, public servant, chairman of the health committee and lone parent to two small children.

aBeing on the council was considered part-time and it paid very little. There were no concessions either. We got no phone or car allowance and often it cost me money to perform the role.

aWe had successful business people, two doctors, a dentist and all of them lost a lot of money to give up their time to the council. …