OBITUARY

Jean Hudson Ray

November 11, 1928November 12, 2020
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Death came for Jean Hudson Ray (92) November 12th, 2020. A Graveside Service was scheduled for Saturday, November 14th, 2020 under the direction of Eubank Funeral Home. Adam Muckleroy officiating.

Jean was born November 11, 1928 to Walter W. and Attrice Talley Hudson on the family farm in the Mt. Pisgah Community, where she also attended grammar school. She graduated from Canton High School, class of 1945, and attended North Texas University. Later she graduated with the first dental hygiene class from Tyler Jr. College earning an associate degree with honors.

October, 1945 she married Robert Edwin Ray who was ordained an elder (minister) in the Methodist Church in 1951 after he graduated from Perkins School of Theology S.M.U.

Her years as a homemaker in Methodist Church Parsonages extend from Illinois to the Rio Grande Valley in Texas. Children born to them were Richard Lee Ray, Canton (survivor), Stephen Edwin Ray and Patrick Hudson Ray, both deceased. When she returned to Canton, following her husband’s early death (he was 42 and she was 36) in 1965, she received a position in the dental office of Dr. Michael Hackney where she worked for 29 years, and earned an associate degree in dental hygiene. She was the first accredited dental hygienist in Van Zandt County. She was always grateful to Michael and Juanita Hackney for their help and the position which enabled her to rear her then three dependent children.

She is survived by a brother, Billy W. Hudson and his wife Joanna, son, Richard Ray and his wife Paula, Granddaughters Catherine Lee Ray, and Victoria Ray Thatcher and her husband Seth and her great grandchildren, Thomas, Vivian, and Richard Thatcher, sisters-in-law, Marge Dove, Gwen Reaves, nieces and nephews, and cousins.

She preferred that memorials be given to Lighthouse for the Blind in Tyler. Tylerlighthouse.org.

Services

  • Graveside Service

    Saturday, November 14, 2020

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Paul Bridgefarmer

November 25, 2020

Ricky, what a Joyful and Beautiful Lady your mom, enjoyed so much our visits at Canton Oaks. She always had a smile and words of encouragement as we discussed and studied Gods Word. Heaven has gained a wonderful child of our Lord. Your neighbors Paul and Cheryl

Marsha Holt

November 17, 2020

Ricky, Paula, Casie and Tori,

You are in our thoughts and prayers. We are so sorry for your loss.

Marsha and Brian Holt

Marilyn Pippin

November 17, 2020

I had the opportunity to see Jean again earlier this year when Aunt Marge was in Canton Oaks. She was a great comfort to Aunt Marge during that time, and vice versa, I suspect. Jean was always positive and a bright presence. I admire the life she lived! Peace and comforting love to all her family.

Jeanne Shinn

November 13, 2020

My condolences to the family of my life long friend. Many sweet memories of such a sweet lady.

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