Anna Lisa Olsen Ray

February 15, 1931April 26, 2021

Anna Lisa Olsen Ray, 90, passed away peacefully and surrounded by family on April 26, 2021. She was the daughter of Otto and Evelyn Olsen and predeceased by her sisters Sonja Lackey and Arlene Albright.

She married Charles E. Ray in 1960 and they had 47 wonderful years together until his death in 2007.

She is survived by her daughters Cheryl and Kimberly and her son Keith, as well as her daughter-in-law Amy and son-in-law Jeff. She was the proud grandmother of Eric, Marcella and Charlie.

She grew up in Barnegat Light, NJ and, after graduating Rider College (University), worked in New York City as an executive secretary for J. Walter Thompson Advertising.

She later moved to Connecticut with her husband where they raised their children. She was active in Girl Scouts and president for 20 years of the Southbury-Middlebury Scholarship Foundation which she helped establish. In 2007 she moved back to Barnegat Light and became active in her church and served as a docent at the Barnegat Light Museum that was once the one-room schoolhouse she attended as a child.

Anna Lisa had a smile for everyone and touched all those who knew her. Her greatest joy in life was her family and the love they all shared. She will be missed.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Anna Lisa's name may be made to St Jude Children's Research Hospital or to Covenant House. (Please see links below)

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The Thos L. Shinn Funeral Home, 10 Hilliard Dr., Manahawkin was entrusted with the arrangements.


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Tim Hopkin

April 30, 2021

To Cheryl, Keith and Kim - my sincerest and most heartfelt condolences on your loss. Although I met your Mom only a few times, she was always kind and welcoming. I know she will be sorely missed. My prayers of peace…


April 30, 2021

My condolences go to the Ray family. Your Mom was a wonderful person and I am happy I knew her.

Len DiMatteo

April 29, 2021

The space allowed to add a memory on this memory page is not half of what I would need to explain what a great woman Tante was.

She raised awesome, highly Intelligent, law abiding - great children all of who became great adults.

From the first time I met Tante, she as well as rest of the family always made me feel like part of the family.

There are many things I will miss about her.

I loved looking in her freezer whenever I was there and seeing the INORDINATE amount of ice cream filling said freezer.

The ice cream companies will miss her as much as we will.

Tante was by far the most intelligent person I’ve ever met, and although up there in years when we met, one of the most intimidating.

I learned that when I assisted cleaning up after a birthday party and didn’t clean the ice cream off of the birthday candles. LOL

Tante, I will miss sipping wine and chatting with you, and can’t imagine how devastated your family is.

I will forever love you and miss you.