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Polk County BOCC

BARTOW - Carla Ray Lively, 60, went home to be with the Lord, Thursday, July 18, 2013, as a result of cancer.
Mrs. Lively was born August 31, 1952 in Roanoke, VA. She and her family moved to Bartow just a few weeks later. She was employed by Polk County where she served as an administrative assistant for the Polk County School Board and the Polk County Board of County Commissioners for many years until her retirement in 2009. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Highland City, but she and her
husband, Russell, also served for many years at Main Street Baptist Church in Bartow.
Mrs. Lively was preceded in death by her father Carlos R. Ray, Sr.
She is survived by her beloved husband of 39 years, Russell Lively; mother, Gay Ray; sisters, Carlane Knies and her husband, Larry and Susan Ray Norton and her husband, Charles; brother, Ralph Ray and his wife, Debbie; 8 nieces and nephews; 16 great nieces and nephews and many other loving family members and friends.
A celebration of Mrs. Lively's life will be conducted Tuesday, July 23, 2013, at 11am at Lakeland Funeral Home at 2125 South Bartow Highway in Lakeland. Interment will follow at Lakeland Memorial Gardens.
Mrs. Lively's family requests that donations be made, in her memory, to Good Shepherd Hospice, 105 Arneson Avenue, Auburndale, FL 33823.
Condolences may be made to Mrs. Lively's family at


Funeral Home
Lakeland Funeral Home
2125 Bartow Road Lakeland, FL 33801
(863) 686-2125
Published in Ledger from July 21 to July 22, 2013