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Ann Ray Ann Ray, 65, of Santa Anna, died Saturday, April 12, 2008, at her residence. Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m., Monday, April 14, 2008, at Stevens Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Gerald Burns officiating. Burial will follow in the Fairview Cemetery in Brown County, under the direction of Stevens Funeral Home. She was born Geneva Ann Wilson on January 9, 1943, in Coleman, the daughter of Willie Mae Gaines Wilson and the late Walter Woodrow Wilson. She grew up near Blackwell Crossing and graduated from Bangs High School. She married Donald Ray in 1962, before graduating from North Texas State. She was the girls coach and taught at Crockett High School in Austin for 20 years, until her retirement. She is survived by her mother, Willie Mae Wilson of Santa Anna; one sister and brother-in- law, Rita and Clint Day of Santa Anna; one brother and sister-in- law, Bo and Sandra Wilson of Coleman; two sons, Doug Ray and wife, Carol, of Austin, Derek Ray and finance', Stephanie Haak of Santa Anna; four grandchildren, Dalton Ray, Dylan Ray, Devan Ray, Dayla Ray; several nieces and nephews and long-time companion and friend, Deral Edwards. She was preceded in death by her father, Walter Woodrow Wilson in 1997. Family visitation was from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Sunday, April 13, 2008 at the funeral home. Memorials may be sent to the American Cancer Society. Please sign the online guestbook:

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Published in Austin American-Statesman on Apr. 14, 2008.
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April 27, 2008
I will never forget the first time I met Ann Ray "Coach Ray" at freshmen orientation Crockett highschool. I was recruited for volleyball that day because of "Coach Ray" . All my nerves and fears were gone that day on. I belonged to a team a group and she took the time to teach me and get to know me.I will never forget you Ann Ray and my family will hear about all the stories of how you made my learning and team sport days so memorable for me.
Cristina Santiago Cepeda
April 24, 2008
I wanted your family to know that Coach Ray was an amazing coach, teacher and person. She coached me in volleyball and after I hurt my knee playing she was patient and encouraging as I regained my confidence and skills to continue playing. She taught me so much about life and hard work, at the same time having fun doing it. She will always hold a special place in my heart.
Diane Johnson (Mitchell)
April 22, 2008
I hold Your family in my heart and in my prayers.

Please know Coach Ray changed my life 23 years ago when I took her skating classes. I had no self confidence and through her kind and caring ways she tought me that I could do AMAZING things and I could trust in myself. For this I will always be grateful. I know there are thousands of "kids" that have stories just like mine because Coach Ray passed through our lives.

May God always bless and be with each of you.
Gretchen Willard
April 17, 2008
Derek and Family,

I am so sorry for your loss. Your mother will always be remembered by her big smile and the strength she possessed.

Be strong and carry her legacy on.

My deepest sympathy,
Sheila White
April 15, 2008
Doug and Family,
Shocked was how we all felt when I opened the paper and read about your mother. We remember her from Crockett days as such a force of energy. She was very good to our family when mother suffered health problems and had to retire from teaching and we will never forget that. Ann Ray was beautiful and always, always smiling. That is how we will remember her. God bless your hearts, we know they are heavy.
Jann Gustafson Shepperd
Jill Gustafson Balderama
Cliff and Janie Gustafson
Jann Shepperd
April 14, 2008
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Celeste Smith
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