Lauda Barnett Gregory, lovingly known by her family as "Granny", 97 of Victoria, passed away peacefully, Easter Sunday, April 21, 2019. Family and friends will gather for visitation from 6:00PM to 8:00PM, Thursday, April 25th, 2019 at Grace Funeral Home, 2401 Houston Hwy. in Victoria. A service celebrating Lauda's life will be at 11:30AM, Friday, April 26th at The First Baptist Church, 301 N. Glass, Victoria, 77901, with Rev. Rick DuBroc, Dr. Richard Hammonds and Pastor Jim Shamburger officiating. Burial will be held privately at Memory Gardens Cemetery where her grandsons will serve as pallbearers, Lee Anderson, Craig Hammonds, Steve Rice, Rich DuBroc, Jon DuBroc and Chad Hammonds.
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Lauda was born August 14th, 1921 in Dublin, Texas to the late DeLaney Barnett and Bessie Olivia Jones Barnett. Spending most of her childhood and young adult life in the Dublin area. She married her high school sweetheart, Durwood Newman Gregory, March 28th, 1940. In the early 1940's, they moved their young family to San Antonio and then on to Ranger, Tx to try to save them from the Polio epidemic. In 1948, they moved to the Victoria area. Lauda was a wonderful mother, always taking time to play with her children, whether it was basketball or baseball in the yard. She and Durwood were longtime sales agents for Stanley Products and Aloe Vera Products. Lauda also served for many years as the hostess for Houston Natural Gas, when they would hold company functions. She was a longtime member of First Baptist Church Victoria. Lauda was known for always making sure the new born babies received a copy of the New Testament. Granny Lauda was also known for always making sure there were plenty of yummy pies, her famous chocolate chip cookies, snickerdoodle cookies and peanut brittle. A true servant at heart, Lauda served others all her life in one form or another, she will be deeply missed. Lauda was preceded in death by her parents, DeLaney and Bessie Barnett; her husband of 49 years, Durwood Gregory, who passed January of 1989; her 5 brothers, Coy, Verlon, Dale, Dane, and an infant brother; her 2 sisters, Oneta Gryder and Vida Stephens.
Lauda leaves to cherish her memory and continue her legacy of service to others, her three loving daughters, Sandra Anderson of Victoria, Olivia Hammonds and her husband, Dr. Richard Hammonds of Belton, Larna DuBroc and her husband, Rev. Rick DuBroc of Louise. She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Gene Ann Gregory Creecy of Carmel, CA; her 6 grandchildren that will miss their "Granny" very much, Lee Anderson, Lisa Rice and her husband, Steve, Craig Hammonds and his wife, Megan, Rich DuBroc and his wife, Tammy, Jon DuBroc and his wife, Karen, and Chad Hammonds and his wife, Christan; 14 great-grandchildren, Mylie, Chloe, Corban, Canaan, Caiyah, Kaitlin, Chris, Taryn, Cheyenne, Colt, Ellie, Cade, Dax and Charly; 4 great-great-grandchildren, Hayden, Addison DeLane, Kinsley and Reed; along with numerous other loving family members and friends.
Those wishing to make memorial donations in Lauda's memory can do so to the Cystic Fibrosis Central Texas Chapter-Austin, 3316 Bee Cave Rd., Suite A, Austin, TX 78746 or at www.cff.org/CentralTexas.
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