Jeanne L. Ray
Sun Lakes, AZ - Jeanne L. Ray of Sun Lakes, AZ and formerly of Carlsbad, NM passed away peacefully on January 23, 2021. She was born in Los Angeles, California to Scott and Sara Clark Ludlow on September 3, 1932. She grew up in Sherman Oaks, California graduating from Van Nuys High School. She attended the University of Redlands and graduated with a degree in Christian Studies from Chapman College. She then attended the Wright-McMahon School in Beverly Hills. She was Secretary and Administrative Assistant to Dr. James Fifield Jr. Senior Minister at First Congregational Church, Los Angeles.
Jeanne married Ben P. Ray in California after they met while working at Yosemite National Park while they were in college. Ben Joined the management team at J. C. Penney after graduation from Ole Miss and they lived in California and Arizona. They later moved to Carlsbad, NM where Ben was the owner of Tempo Department Store and then Ray's Fine Fabrics in Carlsbad as well as Carousel of Fabrics in Roswell. Jeanne worked in the District Court for the State of New Mexico for 20 years retiring in 1998. Both Ben and Jeanne were active members of First Baptist Church and the Emmaus community in Carlsbad. They retired to Sun Lakes, Arizona in 2002 and had been married 62 years at the time of his death in 2019.
Jeanne is survived by her children, Dr. Douglas S. Ray and his wife Karen, of Awatukee Foothills, Arizona and their three sons, Nathaniel and Harrison of Tempe, AZ and Jackson of Flagstaff, AZ. and their daughter, Sara Ray Hermance and her husband Bill, of Denton, Texas and their two children, daughter Dr. Meghan Hermance of Mobile, Alabama and son Benjamin, his wife Lyndsey, and Jeanne's Great Grandson Ezra all of Watauga, Texas. Jeanne had one sister, Doris Davidson of Grants Pass, OR.
Jeanne will be interned with her beloved husband Ben at The Gardens at Sun Lakes United Methodist Church in Sun Lakes, Arizona.
Published in Carlsbad Current-Argus from Feb. 9 to Feb. 21, 2021.