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Charlotte Parr Ray went to her heavenly reward on August 25th, 2014 at her home in Galveston after a brief illness, surrounded by immediate family and friends.
Charlotte was born April 29, 1920 in Cisco, Illinois to her parents Perley Giles Parr and Dorothy G. Daves. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband and internationally noted marine biologist, Dr. Sammy M. Ray and is survived by her loving children: Charles G. Ray, Dorothy R. Cashell, Jackson C. Ray, and Judith R. Livesay. Charlotte loved her family and was a proud grandmother of 10 and great grandmother of 6.
Charlotte was a gifted musician, having begun piano training at the age of three, and for over 50 years played the organ and piano for Zion Lutheran Church and St. John's Lutheran Church, among others. She also taught private piano lessons and served for many years as a Kindergarten teacher at Zion Lutheran Church. She was a proud member of the Galveston Beta Club and Galveston Music Club and in later years became an avid bird watcher spending many hours driving along the marsh lands and seashores of the island and its tributaries. She and Sammy were longtime residents of Galveston Island, moving here in 1955 where Sammy opened the first Galveston Marine Lab that eventually grew into Texas A&M University Galveston.
Less well known was Charlotte's acceptance into the U.S. Navy's WAVE program in World War II, which would have resulted in her receiving officer rank in this groundbreaking program for women of this era. She instead followed her heart and married her life partner who was training to be a Corpsman for the U.S. Marines at Norfolk, VA.
There will be a public memorial service at Moody Methodist Church on September 21st, 2014 at 1:00 PM. The family requests in lieu of flowers that donations be made to the Dr. Sammy M. Ray Texas A&M Marine Biology Scholarship Fund or the TAMUG Sea Camp scholarship fund honoring her name.

Published in Houston Chronicle on Aug. 31, 2014
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