Our sweet mother and grandmother, Eloise Kay Leishman Obray, passed away Sunday, January 22, 2023 in Farmington, Utah at the age of 84.
Eloise was born in Logan, Utah to Keith and Irene Anderson Leishman on August 30, 1938. Eloise was raised in Wellsville with her three brothers Gary, Jim and Mike. Eloise grew up working in her home beside her mother cleaning the house, canning fruits and vegetables from their garden and cooking meals for the family.
Eloise was introduced to Clair Obray at the tender age of 14. They both felt that it was love at first sight. They had a fun-filled, four-year courtship that included double dates with Pat (Clair’s sister) and Farrell Balls, nights dancing (or “cutting up the rug” as Eloise would say) at Elite Hall in Hyrum, and day trips to Bear Lake with Clair’s family.
Clair and Eloise sealed their love in the Logan LDS Temple on September 20, 1956. Eloise was a beautiful bride who loved her new husband dearly and her greatest wish was to raise a family together. It took a few years to get that family started. Eloise said the happiest day of her life was when she got a phone call in April of 1962 that a 6-pound baby boy was born for them to adopt. Gregory Clair Obray brought such joy to their hearts. Eloise was able to add 3 more children to their family: Paul, Mark and Julie. The Obray family was complete.
Clair and Eloise raised their precious family in a home they built in Hyrum. The neighborhood was full of families that they would form lifelong friendships with. Their little family was raised with warm breakfasts made with love before going to school, skits performed by their children in their backyard, getting called home from night games by the sound of their mom’s whistle and many memorable holidays filled with delicious food and family.
After their children were raised Clair and Eloise decided to build their dream home in River Heights where they could have their children and grandchildren come for weekend visits. They enjoyed spending time together building memories around just about every holiday and birthday they could.
Somehow Eloise had time to have a professional life outside of the home. Eloise worked for Utah Mortgage for 22 years (6 of those years being full time), she worked as a dental assistant and then took a job closer to her home in Hyrum at Miller Brothers Trucking as an Office Manager.
Eloise was a dedicated member of the LDS church and had a deep love for the gospel and giving service to those within her reach. She was a shining example of unconditional love that her children and grandchildren hope to emulate.
Eloise is survived by her children: Paul (Lori), Mark and Julie; grandchildren: Kylie (Amber), Kaden (Haylee), Tanner (Taylor), Jaxon (Sarah), Addison and Dillon. Each of these grandchildren thought that they were Grandma’s favorite. She is also survived by her brothers Jim (Gae) Leishman and Mike (Connie) Leishman. Eloise was preceded in death by her sweet husband, Clair, and her son, Greg, as well as her brother, Gary.
Our family would like to thank all of the caregivers, owners and residents of Covington Assisted Living Center in Farmington, Utah for the extra love and care that they showed to our entire family. We are so grateful for the time that was spent caring for Eloise.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 28 at Allen-Hall Mortuary, 34 East Center Street in Logan, Utah with a viewing from 10:00 – 11:30 and the funeral service beginning at 12:00 in the mortuary chapel. Interment will be in the Providence Cemetery.
Funeral services will be livestreamed and can be viewed via the following link (password: Obray)