|Laura Beatrice Sprague was born May 23, 1914 to Henry Monroe and Dora Mae (Simonson) Sprague in |
Gravette, Benton County, Arkansas. The family along with her brother George, moved to Argentine, Wyandotte
County, Kansas sometime after 1917. Living at 2114 Wyandotte, Bea was only a few houses away from Ruth's
grandparents, Edward and Sadie Engel, who lived at 1622 South 21st and Louis and Willimina Lange, who lived
at 2019 Ruby Avenue. Ruth had just moved back to Argentine in 1923 and was living at 3224 Barber. Bea and
Ruth attended Franklin Elementary school and they would walk to one of the three drugstores in the area
after school, either A. G. Fleming at 1523 South 21st, McGeorge Drugstore at 2200 Metropolitan or J. C.
Rawles Drugstore at 2615 Strong Avenue. Growing up in Argentine, Ruth and Bea became quite close and spent
a lot of time together. As they got older and advanced to Junior High School they attended Argentine High
School at 22nd and Elmwood. In the summer of 1927, Ruth moved to Liberty, Missouri and Bea graduated from
Argentine High School in 1930. They kept in touch after Ruth moved to Liberty.
Bea met Howard D. Keele and they were married September 01, 1933 in Argentine, Kansas. Of this marriage
two children were born, Laura Louise, May 17, 1934 and Bette Marie, April 01, 1942. The family lived in Kansas
City, Kansas and then moved to Edwardsville, Kansas.
She then married Allen Roscoe Gray on February 06, 1970 in Rich Hill, Bates County, Missouri.
Lauren Beatrice "Bea" Sprague Gray died June 09, 1981 in Lohman, Cole County, Missouri.
She is buried in Enloe Cemetery in Russellville, Moniteau County, Missouri.