Wilma Freda Ray
SPRINGFIELD, IL - Wilma Freda Ray, 70, departed this life on June 4, 2014, at St. John's Hospital in Springfield, Ill.
She was born, the only daughter of nine, on Dec. 10, 1943, in St. Louis, Mo., to Letha Ora Cruise-Brown and Fred Douglas Cruise Sr.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Letha Ora Cruise-Brown; father, Fred Cruise Sr.; and brothers: James Cruise, Fred Cruise, Jr., Haywood Cruise and Cleveland Brown.
She leaves to cherish her memory, her daughters: LaBraile Unique (Kenny Jr.) McCoy of Springfield, Ill., Teena Kaye Sterling of Oklahoma City, Okla., and Sharon "Cookie" (Eugene) Garrett of Bakersfield, Calif.; siblings: Floyd (Flora) Cruz, Howard (Vonda) Cruise of East St. Louis, Ill., Matthew (Barbara) Cruise of Bakersfield, Calif., and Hiram (Pat) Cruise of San Pablo, Calif.; 12 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.
Visitation will be from 5-6 p.m. with funeral to follow at 6 p.m. on Sunday, June 8, 2014, at Holy City Missionary Baptist Church, 1601 E. Carpenter, Springfield, IL, Pastor Barrie L. West officiating. Interment will be private.