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Elizabeth Ann "Betty" Ray


1920 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Elizabeth Ann "Betty" Ray Obituary
Ray, Elizabeth Ann Ambos (Betty)
was born in the very small mining town of Dawson, New Mexico on July 24, 1920. Officially, Dawson doesn't exist any longer. Latter she lived in yet another very small mining town of Inspiration, Arizona. Once again, very few could guide you to Inspiration and recite much of its illustrious history…because it barely exist any longer. After 96 years of living, the last six and half decades in the same home in Central Phoenix, Betty (as she was known to her Family and Friends) passed away on Tuesday morning October 25th. Many have asked how this wonderful Lady, who was of very small stature, and who was born and lived in two very small mining towns could have such a large and marvelous impact on multiple generations of her Family and her Friends. For the past 13 years, since the passing of her beloved husband T. Harry Ray, who served as a Naval Officer during WWII (died in 2003), Betty continued to live a rich and robust life surround by her Family and for many years cared for by two exceptional caregivers Pricilla Jo and Tracy Morris. For 36 years Betty and her husband of 63 years owned and operated Mickelson and Ray Vault Company before they retired in 1982 when their Son Terry purchased the Company. In 2001 The Arizona Funeral Directors Association awarded Betty and Harry Ray with a Life Time Achievement award for outstanding dedication to the Funeral Services Industry in Arizona. Betty is survived by: her three children, daughters Sheila Davis (spouse Bill), Judy Forest (spouse Frank), and Son Terry Ray: her six surviving grandchildren: Jim Davis (spouse Holly), Caryn Blocker (spouse Truman), Jenny McCloskey (spouse P.J.), Brian Forest (spouse Amy), April Meyers (spouse Casey), and Robert Ray(spouse Lucy) and thirteen great grandchildren, along with her dear friend Marlene Ray. Betty was preceded in death by her brother Arnold Ambos of Globe, AZ, who was a decorated soldier who served in WWII, and her loved and admired grand daughter Lisa Davis. Services will be conducted at Messinger Indian School Mortuary in Scottsdale, Saturday morning, October 29th, with a visitation from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM and a non-denominational service beginning at 10:00 AM. A short graveside service will follow immediately at Greenwood Memory Lawn Cemetery located at 2300 W.
Van Buren in Phoenix. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Hospice Family Care (1550 S. Alma School Road, Suite 102, Mesa, AZ 85210).
Published in The Arizona Republic on Oct. 27, 2016
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