LUBBOCK - Elizabeth (Jean) Ray went peacefully to sleep Tuesday, February 6, 2012 at University Medical Center in Lubbock, Texas.  She had been a resident at Harmonee House in Amherst, Texas the past four years.  Jean was born October 11, 1923 in Fort Worth, TX to David Mills Powell and Elizabeth Rae Powell.  She was raised in Fort Worth and San Angelo.  She graduated from the University of Texas June 24, 1945 with a Bachelor of Arts.

She married Walter Lee Ray, Sr. June 15, 1947.  They ranched in Christoval a short time and later made their home in San Angelo.  They lived in Oregon and Washington from 1963 to 1970 then returned to San Angelo but also lived in Fort Sumner, NM from 1976 to 1984 then returned to San Angelo.  She was an avid bridge player and loved to china paint, cook and entertain.  Walter preceded her in death in May 1998, her mother Elizabeth Rae Powell in 2002, brother David Powell in 2005, and sister Judy Graham in 2011.


Jean is survived by a son: Walter (Lee) Ray, Jr. and wife Lorretta of Sudan, TX; a daughter Susan Ford and husband Jess of Fort Sumner, NM; her grandchildren Walter Lee Ray, III and wife Brandi of Waco, Lauren Wilson and husband Shawn of Levelland, TX, Quinton Ford of Fishtail, Montana, Crystal Boyd and husband Justin of Fort Sumner, NM; great-grandchildren Aiden and Lilly Ray, Brett Lane, Trent and Kendall Wilson, Peyton and Macy Ford, and Clayton Boyd; one brother John Rae Powell of Eldorado, TX; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 11, 2012 at Fairmount Cemetery.

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