June 28, 1925 - November 9, 2012 EDMOND Dee was born June 28, 1925 to A.M. and Ruth Pearce of Edmond, Oklahoma, went to be with her Heavenly Father November 9, 2012. She attended Edmond Schools and was a drum majorette in High School. She graduated from Edmond High in 1943. Dee met the love of her life Louis Ray while in High School and they married 5 years later on September 9, 1944. They were married almost 52 years and 3 sons were born of this union, Stanton C. Ray, Robert Desmond Ray and Tim D. Ray. She attended and graduated Central State University in 1947. Dee taught in Edmond Schools for 32 years and is remembered fondly by many of her former students. She was proud to be a member of The P.E.O. Sisterhood, an international women's organization serving female students worldwide. She was a lifelong member of First Baptist Church in Edmond and one of Dee's greatest joys was singing and she was a member in her church choir. Dee embraced life with a passion and will be missed greatly by all who knew her. Dee was preceded in death by her husband, Louis Ray; her parents, Ruth and A.M. Pearce; 2 sisters, Pat Jacobs, Esther Gilmore and 1 brother, Newton Pearce. She is survived by her 3 sons and 1 daughter-in-law, Stanton of Arcadia, Robert of Arcadia and Tim and wife Donna of Edmond; 3 grandchildren, Leigh Anne Ray of Edmond, April Rhenja and husband Hesham of Kissimmee, FL, Starla Dee-Ann Ray of Edmond; 2 great-grandchildren; 1 brother, Henry J. Pearce of Edmond; 2 sisters, Sarah Stults of Luther and Gracie Thompson of Arcadia as well as a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Services will be 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at Edmond's First Baptist Church with interment to follow at Memorial Park Cemetery. Services entrusted to the care of Baggerley Funeral Home of Edmond, Oklahoma. www.baggerley.com www.baggerley.com
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Published in The Oklahoman on Nov. 14, 2012