Marguerite Ray
1931 - 2020
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Marguerite Ray
March 18, 1931 – Nov. 18, 2020
Los Angeles, CA
Actress, advocate, patron of the arts, beloved family member and friend, Marguerite Ray died last month in Los Angeles, CA, at the age of 89.
Known best for the roles of Mamie Johnson on The Young and the Restless (1980-1990), Evelyn Lewis on Sanford (1980-81), and Jane Matthews on Dynasty (1989), she also made many on-screen appearances in numerous television series and films.
Marguerite, the oldest of seven, was born in New Orleans to Walter and Jeannette Ray. She graduated from Oakland Technical High School in 1948. Continuing her education, she graduated from UC Berkeley in 1953 with a degree in Recreation and Theatre Arts.
Soon thereafter Marguerite began working in the Bay Area, then moved to Europe serving as recreation and entertainment director with the U.S. Special Services in Germany, 1954-59.
Upon returning to USA in 1965, she helped form the acting group, The Aldridge Players-West, which performed in San Francisco and toured the HBCUs.
In 1969, she moved to Los Angeles where she landed many roles in theater, television, commercials, voice overs and modeling, working with the Inner City Cultural Center, then focusing on freelance performance work until her retirement in the early 2000s.
Over the years, Marguerite enjoyed traveling, patronizing the visual and performance arts, and serving on Boards of several advocacy groups, notably Kwanza Foundation, Jenesse Center, and The Actors Fund. Her many experiences afforded her a circle of close friends.
Marguerite was preceded in death by her parents, sister (Verna Peters) and brothers (Walter, Ronald, Henry and Burt Ray). She leaves behind her sister, Jacqueline (James) Jackson, sister-in-law, Cynthia Ray, a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins, godchildren and her special circle of friends.
Due to current circumstances, a celebration of life event will be postponed.


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Published in East Bay Times on Dec. 20, 2020.
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January 6, 2021
There are no words that anyone could say at this time, yet we are all celebrating the of life a very talented actress Marguerite Ray, as we are morning the passing as well and she will be missed, yet never be forgotten by her family, friends castmates of Y & R family and well her fans as well watch her. I am a very big fan of The Young & the Restless that I love watching her every day, The last time I heard her name was maybe quite a few times, may I have I heard that I will see how Mamie is doing in the kitchen in the Abbotts household. Marguerite is Actress, advocate, patron of arts, beloved family member and friend. Also, Known best for the roles of Mamie Johnson the Abbotts Housekeeper on The Young and the Restless (1980-1990), Evelyn Lewis on Sanford (1980-81), and Jane Matthews on Dynasty(1989), she also made many on-screen appearances in numerous television series and films. She was a Daughter, Sister, Sister-in-Law, aunts and Godmother. Thanks for the memories that your given to us, as laughter as well. We all know that you have been greet as by so many people when you enter the enteral gates in heaven, reunited with your parents, along some castmates on Y&R catching up, reminiscing as well. My thoughts, prayers are with you..
Jenifer Baribault
January 5, 2021
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Katherine Beamon
January 5, 2021
A noble soul that I shall singularly miss.
Bill King
Friend
January 4, 2021
Marguerite was a beautiful gentle soul
Irene
Friend
January 4, 2021
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
Carrie Lee
Acquaintance
December 22, 2020
Sending our prayers to family. Rest In Peace.
Cynthia Green
Family
December 22, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Arthur Cravanas
Family
December 21, 2020
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Suzanne F Jackson
December 21, 2020
I aquainted Marguerite in '50ies as I visited the RWTH Aachen University in Germany. She visited me in '70ies in Switerland. I met her the last time in 2003 in Los Angeles. I called her quite often to her. With her death I lost the most reliable, irreplaceable friend.
Azmi Guran
Friend
December 20, 2020
To the family,
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Debra Johnson
December 19, 2020
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Shirley Caldwell
December 12, 2020
Im so sorry for your last but i love watching her on to when she was on The Young and the Restless I loved her when she there and I still love her now I know how it feels because I lost my mother the this year so im sorry. And will miss her very much






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janet snyder
December 11, 2020
A good Special Services friend & travel companion.
Bridget Carrico
Coworker
December 10, 2020
She added such depth to Y&R and she will be missed. RIH QUEEN I’ve been a fan of Y&R almost since it’s inception ♥
Carolyn Applin
Significant Other
December 10, 2020
Thank you for the years we were able to see you from our homes. You will be missed.
Debra Johnson
December 10, 2020
I was fortunate to observe your talent and performance st UC Berkley and on television. I remember you for your dedication and concerned for your Community. it was my honor to have known you. Yvonne Burke.
Yvonne Brathwaite Burke
December 10, 2020
She will be sadly miss great lady my heart and prayers are with you and your family Georgia Velasquez Denver Colorado
Georgia Velasquez
Friend
December 10, 2020
Meg was a genuine person--a precious Tia, godmother, mentor and friend. She will be missed.
Family
December 10, 2020
I am a fan of Y&R. Marguerite. She send me an autographed photo in 1989.
Jonathan
December 10, 2020
Such a classy lady, you will be missed!
Adetra Jones-Wallace
Family
December 9, 2020
i loved her so much as the maid in young and the restless, she kept those abbots in line.Thank you for the memories and thank you to your family for sharing you with us.
Cynthia Hilliard
December 9, 2020
Like her last name auntie Marguerite was a Ray of sunshine rest in Paradise you are truly missed ❤
Regina Johnson
Family
December 9, 2020
You were the best in everything I saw you in. Rest in Peace. I loved your speech to Drucella when she first came to Genowa City.
Linda
December 9, 2020
Rest In Peace Marguerite.
May your memory be eternal Amen
Maria
Friend
December 9, 2020
I know your up there in heaven with our family. The last time i seen you was at my great grandmother your cousin Marie DeJan funeral. Back in 1991. You will be missed.
Mary Minton
Family
December 9, 2020
I know your up in heaven with our family. You will be missed. The last time i seen you was at My great grandmother. Your cousin Marie DeJan funeral back in 1991.
Mary Minton
Family
December 9, 2020
Thank you for being a light for so many of us to follow!
Janel Watt
Friend
December 9, 2020
She was a remarkable woman. Loved her on The Young and RestlessShe was a very sweet precious special lady. She will always be number one in my book. Very gracious and beautiful
Susan Williams
Friend
December 9, 2020
My condolences go out to her family and friends. I remember her when she played Mamie Johnson on The Young and the Restless. I was just thinking about her last week and how it would be nice if they brought back to The Young and the Restless, I missed her being on the show and would have loved to see her back on the show.
Robin Brooks
December 9, 2020
She was a beautiful soul who’s smile lit up any room she will be dearly missed until we meet again love daminna “day” niece of James and Jacqueline
Dau
Family
December 8, 2020
My dear auntie will be sorely missed by so many relatives, friends and acquaintances. She was one of the pillars of the family and a strong and independent woman. Love you auntie
Kevin Peters
Family
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