Devout West Mifflin Woman Used Music to Serve God
Vondas, Jerry, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
There were never enough hours in a day for Lola Mae Bray's God- and family-centered life.
As the wife of a Methodist minister, Mrs. Bray was respected for her commitments to the tenets of her faith and her desire to reach out to those in need of encouragement or a helping hand.
Lola Mae Reed Bray of West Mifflin died of cancer on Wednesday, June 10, 2009, at her home. She was 75.
Mrs. Bray's love of music, secular and religious, was therapeutic and one of the focal points of her life, her family said.
Mrs. Bray taught Sunday school, sang in the choirs of the churches her husband served and was involved in the charitable endeavors of the United Methodist Women. She was a former member of the McKeesport Choraliers.
The Rev. James Bray, pastor emeritus of the Dravosburg United Methodist Church, whom Lola Mae Reed married in 1955 while he was in the Navy, said his wife began singing at the age of 5 in the children's choir of the Brush Valley Brethren Church in Indiana County.
Born and raised in South Fork, Cambria County, she was one of seven children in the family of miner John G. Reed and Dorothy C. Walls Reed.
"Lola supported me in my desire to become a minister by working in the treasurer's office at Otterbein College (Westerville, Ohio), where I received my undergraduate degree," said her husband. …