OBITUARY

Betty Melancon Ray

January 10, 1929May 15, 2020
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Services for Betty Lou Melancon Ray, 91, of Lufkin are scheduled for 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 19, 2020 in the Gipson Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Jimmy Hedges and the Reverend Max Reynolds officiating. Interment will follow in Ryan Chapel Cemetery in Diboll. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Betty was born on January 10, 1929 in Dierks, Arkansas to Edmond Daniel Melancon, Sr. and Lillian Cortez Sutton. She passed away peacefully on Friday, May 15, 2020 in Lufkin, Texas. Betty married Jessie James Ray, Jr. in 1946, and they were married 59 years before his death in 2005.

Betty was a very loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, and was known affectionately as “MamMaw.” She was a devout Christian and was a loyal member of Calvary Baptist Church for over 65 years. She retired from Woodland Heights Hospital after 27 years of service as a nurse in labor and delivery. At her retirement party, it was estimated she had cared for more than 13,000 new moms and babies. Betty was an excellent cook and loved preparing special meals for her family. Some of her specialties were red velvet cake, blackberry cobbler, and cheesecake. Her grandchildren especially enjoyed her chicken and dumplings.

She is survived by her three sons and their wives: Garry and Barbara Ray, Ricky and Glenda Ray, and Billy and Alys Ray, all of Lufkin. In addition, she is survived by seven grandchildren: Rhonna Lymbery, Rachelle Wigginton, Kelly Ferrara and husband Brannon, Jennifer Robertson and husband Andy, Scotty Ray, Reagan Ray and wife Jill, and Ryan Ray and wife Cleo. She is also survived by 13 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Jessie; 2 brothers and 1 sister.

The family would like to express their gratitude to the staff at Pinnacle Senior Living for their kind and compassionate care. Memorials may be made to LifePoint Church (formerly Calvary Baptist Church), 4737 Ted Trout Drive, Lufkin, Texas, 75904 or Ryan Chapel Cemetery Association, P. O. Box 423, Diboll, TX 75941. Services have been placed in the trust of Gipson Funeral Home. Condolences may be offered at www.gipsonfuneralhome.com

  • FAMILY

  • Garry and Barbara Ray, Son and Daughter-in-Law
  • Ricky and Glenda Ray, Son and Daughter-in-Law
  • Billy and Alys Ray, Son and Daughter-in-Law
  • Rhonna Lymbery, Granddaughter
  • Rachelle Wigginton, Granddaughter
  • Kelly Ferrara and husband Brannon, Granddaughter
  • Jennifer Robertson and husband Andy, Granddaughter
  • Scotty Ray, Grandson
  • Reagan Ray and wife Jill, Grandson
  • Ryan Ray and wife Cleo, Grandson
  • Betty was also survived by thirteen great-grandchildren.


    She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Jessie James Ray, Jr.; her parents, Edmond Daniel Melancon and Lillian Cortez Sutton; two brothers and one sister.

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  • PALLBEARERS

  • Reagan Ray, Active
  • Ryan Ray, Active
  • Scotty Ray, Active
  • Hunter Robertson, Active
  • Brannon Ferrara, Active
  • Christopher Lymbery, Active

Services

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, May 19, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, May 19, 2020

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James and Paula Sturrock

May 21, 2020

Our sympathy, love and prayers go out to all of Betty's family. Betty was a wonderful person. It is a blessing to have known her.

Felicia (Loggins) Mooney

May 21, 2020

I worked with Mrs. Betty at Woodland Heights hospital when I was a new nurse. She took me under her wing and taught me so much. She was a great nurse and a wonderful person. We developed a genuine friendship that lasted many years. I have thought of her often and it always brings a smile to my heart. We shared many laughs and good days at the hospital. Prayers go out to her family.

JOAN HOPSON

May 19, 2020

My condolences to the family of Betty Ray. I knew her for many years through the medical field. Betty was always such a friendly and caring lady. I know she will be missed.

Micho and Nancy Hales

May 19, 2020

You are in our thoughts and prayers during this time of sorrow. We offer our deepest sympathy and will continue to pray for your family.

Dixon Miller

May 18, 2020

I just learnt of Betty Lou’s passing from my mother. My father, Dale Miller, was one of her many cousins, and the few times I was fortunate enough to meet Betty Lou, she was so kind and thoughtful, and left the most indelible memory of such a loving soul. My sincere condolences to the entire family.

Ronnie and Susan Lee

May 18, 2020

Condolences to the rest of the family on the loss of the sweetest, kindest aunt I could ever hope to have had. May God give peace to all of you during this time. Would love to be there in person but circumstances do not allow for that but know we are with you in thought and prayer!

Angela Valdes

May 15, 2020

Aunt Betty is dear to my heart. She stayed in touch with me as a pen pal when I moved away from Lufkin as my link to the family. We visited from time to time when I returned. She was a strong woman who loved her family and wanted everyone to get along. I am happy she can now rest in peace with the lord. She will be missed but I am sure she is watching from heaven.

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