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Craciun Funeral Home

14925 East Bagley Road, Middleburg Heights, OH

OBITUARY

Brenda K. Ray

October 25, 1954June 9, 2020
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Brenda K. Ray, age 65, of Olmsted Falls, Ohio passed away on Tuesday June 9, 2020. Brenda was born October 25, 1954.

Dearly beloved wife of Rev. Freddie J. Ray, loving mother of Gregory (Laura) and Eric, dearest grandmother of Morgan, Sophia, and Allyson, dear sister of Audrey (Ron) Dawson, Judy (William, deceased) Rivera, and Cynthia McKenzie, dear aunt and friend of many.

RESTRICTED VISITATION - FOLLOWING STATE SOCIAL DISTANCING GUIDELINES Everyone attending Visitation should wear a mask and social distance themselves from others.

A visitation for Brenda will be held Tuesday, June 16, 2020 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM and from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, at Craciun Funeral Home, 14925 E. Bagley Road, Middleburg Heights, Ohio 44130. Family extends an invitation to friends and relatives to attend Funeral Services via live stream which will occur Thursday, June 18, 2020 from 11:00 AM to 11:45 AM. An attend committal services via live stream which will occur Thursday, June 18, 2020 at 1:00 PM.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.craciunfuneralhome.com for the Ray family.

  • FAMILY

  • Chester Arlo Burgess, Father (deceased)
  • Audrey Loretta Aleshire Burgess, Mother (deceased)
  • Rev. Freddie J. Ray, Husband
  • Gregory (Laura) Ray, Son
  • Eric Ray, Son
  • Morgan, Sophia, and Allyson, Grandchildren
  • Audrey (Ron) Dawson, Sister
  • Judy (William, deceased) Rivera, Sister
  • Cynthia McKenzie, Sister

Services

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, June 16, 2020

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, June 16, 2020

  • Attend Funeral Services by Live stream

    Thursday, June 18, 2020

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  • Attend Committal Services by Live Stream

    Thursday, June 18, 2020

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Memories

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Kelsey Minniefield

June 18, 2020

Mrs Brenda was and still is one of the sweetest and most loyal people I know. She was a woman of God and integrity, which go hand-in-hand. Although I didn’t get to spend as much alone time with her as I had wanted, she always welcomed me in her heart and her home, helping me to feel safe even if I was hundreds of miles away from my own mother and family. During one of the most difficult times in my life she was there to offer support and encourage me with loving Brenda Kay Ray words that still help me to this day. I’ll never forget what she said and I’ll never forget visiting her in the hospital one of the last times and that big beautiful smile that could illuminate any room you were blessed to be in with her. Oh and Mrs Brenda, I saw a double-rainbow right after you passed last week and I saw another one today (after your funeral)! Those aren’t common so I know it isn’t coincidence, SO thank you and Love you always!

Pamela Hamm

June 18, 2020

Dear Freddie and family, we are so sorry for your loss. I didn't know Brenda well but what I did know of her I remember she was
always smiling and that's a good memory to have of someone. You have always been there for both Bill and my family and our prayers go out to yours. Brenda will be resting high on that mountain!

Edwin Hayes

June 18, 2020

On behalf of the Ohio State Association of Free Will Baptists, we offer our sincere condolences to the Ray family. We truly appreciate the ministry of Brother Freddie and Sister Brenda. God has truly used you both in a great way.
You will be greatly missed.
May the Lord bless.
Rev. Edwin Hayes
Executive Secretary
Ohio State Association of Free Will Baptists

Doris Ward

June 18, 2020

To the Ray family, my deepest condolences go out to you. I loved Brenda's heart! She will be greatly missed.

May God bless and keep you through this difficult time.

Doris

Lorissa Titus

June 18, 2020

I am so sorry for the loss of Brenda. She was so kind and genuine. I will forever cherish all the time I got to spend with the Ray family. You guys always made me feel like family and feel so very loved. My thoughts and prayers go out to the whole family. See you again someday Brenda Ray love you ❤️

Carlos Hendrix

June 18, 2020

I'm lucky and proud to have a lifetime of memories of Brenda Ray. So many I would like to share but not enough space. Brenda was so inviting to a shy 12 year old in the spring of 1986. There are so many words I think of when I think of Brenda. Loving, friendly, infectious smile and personality, accepting, god serving, wife, hard worker and the list could go on forever. Mom is main word, she was a mom to so many of us, proud of us no matter what. Would listen, talk and guide us with such simple concepts. I don't know if many people knew of the teenage flop house that she ran on 88th street in the late 80's and early 90's but boy it was fun and molded so many of us. I think of a time Brenda made honey ham around a holiday. 30 plus years later, still maybe the best food I ever ate. Brenda always told me to remember that women are "catty". Look that one up, surprising a women would admit that and share that secret with the opposite sex. I liked so many of the church activities with Brenda but the hot dog sales and homecomings were the best. My favorite memory is stupid, funny and happened 7 days a week for about 7 years of my life. Brenda would either sleep to about 4pm after working all night or would get home from work about that time. I would spend most of my day beating up on Freddie in Bases Loaded or Double Dribble on Nintendo in Greg and Eric's room while they slept. He wouldn't let me stop playing as he was obsessed with winning just one time. The countdown would come for when Brenda would be awake or come through the door. Freddie and I often scrambled to straighten and clean (sometimes Eric). Often Freddie would have "church duties" (wink, wink) about the time she was to come home. Brenda would come through the door like a hurricane if the house was a mess (often was), she would be screaming, even would drag Greg out of bed before his 6p rise time. You can't replace those memories. I'm so glad that I was part of her life. Love you forever!

Judy Smothers

June 17, 2020

Prayers and condolences to Brenda's family. I worked at MetroHealth and interacted with Brenda on many occasions. May she rest in peace.

Frank Sirianni

June 17, 2020

Dear Freddie, Greg, and Eric. Brenda was the best wife and mother anyone could ever hope for. She was also a very best friend to Connie and me. We had so many memories of her that it is hard to pick one out. Thank Almighty God for memories! Our family has had to call on Freddie and Brenda for their help by praying with us and for us. We thoroughly enjoyed the many visits we had with them in Cleveland and also when the two of them would visit us. Connie and Brenda were especially close. They especially loved to go shopping together. This has left a hole in her heart. But I know that she will fill it with memories! We love the Ray family and always have considered them to be a part of our family. Our heart goes out to you all at this time of need. Although we cannot be there in person we are with you spiritually. Brenda will be greatly missed. Love you all!

Laura Ray

June 17, 2020

I was blessed with the best mother in law anyone could ask for. She always treated me like a daughter and would tell people I was her daughter all the time. The feeling was mutual. In addition to a mother, she was a great friend. She was always there to listen, sympathize, and offer advice on so many things. She was kind to everyone she met and always put everyone's needs and wants before her own. She called everyone "honey" even if she just met you. I always loved and will miss that. Last week I came across a picture of the day we first met in 1992 at a Turkey Bowl Greg was playing in. I remember being nervous to meet her, but that instantly faded upon talking to her that day. She was so accepting and genuine. The world lost a truly wonderful human being and I will miss her every day. Rest in peace, mom.

Morgan Ray

June 17, 2020

my grammy was always such a loving and kind soul, and everyone she knew loved her so much, and she loved them all back. all she ever wanted was to make sure everyone was happy and had everything they wanted. she always treated me like a princess and never let me be alone. she always made sure i knew i was loved. i’ll never forget all the vacations, holidays, birthdays and countless days i spent with her. and i will cherish them all forever. i’m so blessed to have known and been loved by such an amazing woman. as much as i wish i could hold her one last time and hear one of her funny remarks, i know she’s telling her mommy and daddy all about her life with everyone she knew. i love you forever grammy. save me a seat on your amazing porch i’m sure you have up in heaven. i promise i’ll see you again someday. rest easy my sweet angel 🌹💕

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