February 16, 1925 – January 24, 2019
Anna Mae Ray was born in Fannin County near Ravenna Texas, Feb, 16, 1925. She was the daughter of Ed and Lillie Winkler. She entered into rest on January 24 2019 at her home in Denison, TX. Ann married John Ray at the Ravenna Methodist Church on Sept 14, 1940. She worked in nursing for 24 years both at Madonna and Katy hospitals of Denison, TX. She was always known to have served her patients well and with God’s love and kindness. After World War II when her husband was discharged from The United States Marine Corps, they bought a farm south of Ravenna and farmed for five years. They relocated to Denison TX in 1952. John began work at the Perrin Air Force Base in Sherman and shortly after Ann began her career in Nursing. The family joined First Christian Church in 1953, where they faithfully served for over 60 years. Ann served in many area if the church as called on. She was very dedicated to her faith, family, and church. She will always be remembered as a caring Christian, wife, mom, grandparent, and friend. She was preceded in death by her parents Ed and Lillie, husband John, sisters Genevie and Jean, and brothers Glendle Ray and Alton and great great granddaughter Lillian Howard She is survived by sister Louise and Bennie Elk of Denison, sister Lena Hensley of Savoy and sister Brenda and Douglas Brooks of Savoy. Also, son John Wayne (Skeeter) Ray of Willafa Woods, OK and Ronny of Pottsboro TX, and by many grandchildren: Harold and Bridget Ray, Scotty Ray, Jay and Jennifer Stow, Mandy and Brad Underwood. As well as Great grandchildren: Jackie Jackson, Vance Ray, Britnee Ray, Landry Stow, Adam and Taylor Underwood. With great great grandchild: Gavin Holland. And numerous nieces and nephews. Special thanks to: • Sister Brenda for everyday calls • Centric Home Hospice o RN Joyce Phelps o Aide Misty Robinson o Chaplin Rodney Sprayberry Very special thanks to: • Nephew and Niece Eddie and Barbara Ray who cared for her every day and made this long journey possible. Services will be under the direction of Bratcher Funeral Home, and First Christian Church, 800 W Woodard Denison TX. Visitation will be at the Church on January 28, 2019 at 10:00 am. Funeral Services will be at 11:00 am under the direction of the senior Pastor Dr. Jeff Johnson. Pallbearers will be: Robert Hempkins, Robert Brady, J.C. Doty, Bo Jones, Pat Rowland, and Paul Hennin. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations for the research and cure for Dementia.
- Visitation Monday, January 28, 2019
- Funeral Service Monday, January 28, 2019
- Burial Monday, January 28, 2019
February 1, 2019
Many years ago when I was going through a difficult time, Ann in her quiet, sweet way helped me through those months. I will never forget how kind she was to all her family members and to me.
January 27, 2019
I bet it has been sixty years since I saw this precious face...but I knew her angelic face the moment I saw the picture. I remember so vividly when Skeeter and I were in school and he had a birthday party at his house and Ann and John were gracious enough to chaperone while we danced in the driveway to "run around Sue" and other songs. I also remember when my mom had the nursery "Ms. Rhodes" and Mandy and Jennifer stayed there. Ann would often help pick up Mandy and Jennifer when Ronny or Jamie couldn't pick them up. She was a grand woman that one doesn't forget. She had a soft spoken voice with a heart of gold and was so proud of her family.
January 26, 2019
I loved Aunt Ann. She always had such a sweetness about her. Always soft spoken. I love the sweet spirit she had. Very graceful and loving person. Her eyes would say I love you. She always had a smile on her face. Someone I admired. She also shared a birthday with my son. Will miss you Aunt Ann. ❤️
January 26, 2019
You were always loved and accepted by my aunt Ann.She was always smiling or giggling.She gave me my wedding shower at her home.We had lots of long talks when I’d come to visit from Midland.Cannot Tell you how much I love her or how much I will miss her.Rest in Peace my sweet precious Ann.