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Ellen R Ray

October 27, 1927February 11, 2020

Ellen Johanne (Rasmussen) Ray, age 92 of Lexington, Texas passed away from this life on February 11, 2020 while residing at Highland Court Nursing Home in Marshall, Arkansas where she was close to her daughter. Ellen was born in Bergen on October 27, 1927 and raised in Dumont, New Jersey to Axel and Matilda (Olsen) Rasmussen. She had eight sibling’s three sisters and five brothers. After Ellen graduated high school and went to work she enjoyed traveling around to different places on the east coast with a group putting on shows for the wounded veterans of WWII to brighten their spirits. Her employer was opening offices in Austin, Texas and asked her if she would transfer. She was a wanderer and enjoyed traveling so off to Texas she went. Ellen married James “Jay” William Ray on December 17, 1949. To this union 5 children was born. She is preceded in death by her parents, all of her siblings, husband Jay, and 3 sons Alan, James and Douglas. Survivors include daughter Marsha (Greg) of Marshall, Arkansas; son Jesse (Tammy) of Lexington, Texas and daughter in law Vicki Ray of Lovelady, Texas; 18 grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren and great great grandchildren along with many nieces and nephews. In Ellen's retirement years she loved to travel and went to many places around the globe. She lived a memorable life and left the entire family with many memories of her travels with several of us included on short excursions. She definitely leaves behind a legacy anyone would be proud of. Graveside services will be held in Austin, Texas on Saturday March 7, 2020 under the direction of Cook-Walden/Capital Parks Funeral Home and cemetery with her oldest granddaughter Cassie giving the eulogy.


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Donna Brewer

February 25, 2020

I meet Ellen several years ago here in Lexington Tx. I was a bartender at Charles Bar and Ellen and (what I become to know ) her bestfriend would come in from time to time to have 1 beer ( Miller Lite ) she always had a smile on her face and so polite. Yrs later I came to live at the apartments that Ellen lived , on game days she would come as well as the other get togethers we had and she was always a pleasure to be around . There was one Wednesday this past November that Ellen couldn't make it to Game Day , I had made beef stew & cornbread ,I took her over a bowl as we where coming from the party Ellen was sitting outside and called me over , she told me that was the best stew she had ever eaten and couldn't thank me enough for thinking about her . I loved to sit and hear her stories. She will be dearly missed. Fly High Angel . It's never goodbye , its see you later and we will see you and all of our loved ones again .

Ronnie Bryan

February 24, 2020

The toughest yet most caring loving Lady I’ve ever met. Always had a smile on her face & uplifted everyone she met. Had privilege of being friends for 50 plus years..She will certainly be missed here @ apartments. Awesome Lady & one of kind❤️