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Ray Simpson Carey

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Ray Simpson Carey Obituary

Ray was born April 13, 1976, to George and Becky Carey in San Diego. He passed away July 28, 2015 in Helsinki, Finland.

Ray is survived by his wife, Nina Valtavirta Carey of Helsinki; mother, Becky Reimers of Marysville; father, George Carey and his wife, Jeanine of Divide, Colorado; his mother-in- law, Maija-Liisa Valtavirta and brother-in-law, Jani Valtavirta, of Helsinki. He is also survived by aunts, uncles, cousins, and many other extended family members.

Ray is preceded in death by Becky's husband, Charlie Reimers.

Ray's family relocated to the Marysville area in 1980. He graduated from Faith Christian School in 1994 and graduated summa cum laude from Sacramento State University with a B.A. in Religious Studies.

Ray expressed himself with great wit and humor through poetry and writings. As a high school student, articles he wrote were published in the Appeal- Democrat. Some were serious and introspective and others were seriously humorous. By the age of 2 his musical acumen was evident and continued through his life with his enjoyment of playing the piano.

Ray trusted Jesus Christ as his Savior at an early age and maintained an interest in spiritual matters. The theology of Eastern Orthodoxy became his anchor as he continued his quest for knowledge. The monks of Saint Gregory of Sinai Monastery, Kelseyville, were significant in his continued spiritual development.

Ray had a keen interest in world cultures which led him to visit Japan, India, Ireland, Turkey, Italy, Great Britain, Denmark, Israel, and Sweden. On his second trip to India he met Nina, and they married in Finland in 2006.

He continued his studies at the University of Helsinki and earned a B.A. and M.A. in English Philology; and was working toward his Ph.D. During his Ph.D. studies, Ray presented several of his research papers at international conferences. His Ph.D. advisor recently stated, "Ray was exceptionally talented. His research was first rate and unquestionably of very high international standard. His hard work and intellectual honestly made him unique."

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, September 18, 2015, at Cornerstone Church, Yuba City. Pastors Jim Anderson and Al Jolley will officiate. There will be a reception at the Church immediately following.

Gifts may be given in Ray's memory to Saint Gregory of Sinai Monastery, 8252 Harrington Flat Road, Kelseyville, CA 95451.

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Published in Appeal Democrat on Aug. 14, 2015
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