OBITUARY

Dolores S. Ray

June 18, 1931November 1, 2020

Ruth Dolores Ray, 89, born on June 18, 1931 went to her heavenly home on November 1, 2020 after a short illness. She married Dean Leroy Ray in 1950 in Ingalls, Kansas, and they shared 50 loving years of marriage. Well loved by her church, St. Marks Catholic Church in Westminster, where she was the organist for over 40 years, Dolores was cherished by both the choir and the congregation. She began teaching piano lessons at 13 years old, and was recognized Nationally over the years for her teaching efforts, until she retired recently at age 85. Dolores was loved deeply by her family and will be sincerely missed.

Dolores was preceded in death by her husband Dean LeRoy Ray, her son Gregory Dean Ray, her parents Edward and Ruby Salm, and her brother Edward Salm. She leaves behind her daughter Stephanie Lynn Boespflug and her husband Michael, her daughter Catherine Ann Messmer and her husband Jerry, 4 Grandchildren, Shawna Cullen-Willmott (Doug), Michael Boespflug (Shelly), Lacey Blankenship, and Isabelle Ray as well as 6 great grandchildren: Maliky Ray, Isaiah, Nate, and Juniper Blankenship, and Mikhail and Riley Boespflug.

Services will be held on May 7th, 2021 at St. Mark's Catholic Church located at 3141 W 96th Ave, Westminster Colorado. The Rosary will be at 10:00 a.m. and the funeral mass at 10:30 a.m. Interment will be at 12:30 p.m. at Olinger Highland Cemetery. Dean and Dolores Ray will be laid to rest together at this time.

Services

  • Recitation of the Holy Rosary

    Friday, May 7, 2021

  • Memorial Mass

    Friday, May 7, 2021

  • Committal Service

    Friday, May 7, 2021

Memories

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Lacey Blankenship

April 27, 2021

My grandmother was my best friend. She took care of me allot as a child. As an adult, she gave me advise, told me how proud she was of me and always listened to whatever I had to say. My favorite memory with her was making homemade chicken Noodle soup and making the noodles from scratch. She always made the best chicken Noodle soup. I love you grandma, a bushel and peck! You are missed.

Velvin Bixby

November 29, 2020

Dolores created so many wonderful moments for the community at Life Care. Her piano playing enlivened everyone as she vigilantly gave of herself during religious services and special events. She looked after others, sitting by a friend and reassuring him the day before he passed and after residents in the dining area if they needed something. Dolores leaves a big gap and is greatly missed. She was a blessing from God. Thanks for all you did, Dolores, and thanks to her daughter who is in my thoughts.

Deacon Michael Berens

November 14, 2020

I am sorry about Dolores. She played for many of our Catholic Communion services and Friday devotions at Lifecare. She was a gifted musician. I know she would get frustrated with her playing due to problems with aging, but she persevered and enhanced our praise to God immensely. Coming from a musical family myself, I would often compliment her on how musically she played and she would always say her heart was in it for the Lord. May she now play for her Lord perfectly and for eternity. Dolores and the family are in my prayers. I thank God for the gift of Dolores and the joy and happiness she brought to others. I thank God also for her beautiful witness to the Faith.

Catherine Messmer

November 11, 2020

My mom was special. Always there for anyone who needed her. No matter what, she would support or be there for people. My mom was also my piano teacher. She taught me so much, not only Piano, but life's lessons as well. I will miss her smile. When I would do a video with her at Life Care, her smile would radiate the screen. I love you mom, and so happy you are now with Daddy again.

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