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Daisy Lee Ray

Services for Daisy Lee Ray "Madear" will be at 3 pm on February 23, 2014 at Magnolia Baptist Church with the Rev. Chadwick Godfrey officiating. Viewing will be from 1pm-3pm Sunday. Burial will be on Monday at 12 noon at National Cemetery in Pineville under the direction of Boyce Community Funeral Home.

Mrs. Daisy Lee Ray 92, of Alexandria passed away February 18, 2014 at her residence.

Mrs. Ray was born in Methodist Hill in Pineville on November 17, 1921 to the union of Lucy Jett Thomas and Walter Caldwell. She attended school in Elizabeth. She was married to Mr. Jake Ray and to this union came nine children.

She was preceded in death by her husband Jake Ray; mother Lucy Jett Thomas; father Walter Caldwell; sons Vincent Ray; Charles Thomas; step son Jacob Ray; God child Rose Marie Norris; and daughter in law Emily Gray Ray.

Survivors inlcude daughters Mildred Phillips (Taft), Emma Dubreuil (Jeffery), Ruthie Harris (James) and Shirley Scott (Donald); sons Joe Ray (Debra), Rev. James E. Ray Sr., and Henry Ray; Step daughters, Bertha Bifford, and Harriet Richardson; step sons Bernard P. Ray Sr. (Betty); special daughters Bettye Nash and Gloria Shaw; 47 grandchildren; 86 great grandchildren; and 2 great great grandchildren.

Friends may call 443-5313 home # and the church 443-2954 on Sunday from 2-5 pm.

Daisy "Madear" Ray was an usher of Magnolia Baptist Church for 40+ years. She was the mother of the church. She was also a member of the chapter 13 Eastern Star. She was a great, kind and loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She enjoyed her family and loved everyone. Madear never met a stranger.

The family would like to express their thanks to Dr. Mallory Vincent and Avoyelles Hospice Care, and a special thanks to Darnetha Keller and Earlean Lewis for their special care. A very special thanks to the Greater Magnolia Baptist church and also Wesley United Methodist Church in Pineville and also Wesley United Methodist in Booneville.

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Published in The Town Talk on Feb. 22, 2014.
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March 23, 2014
Dearest Madear

Enjoyed a wonderful day at church today. I took my grand daughter, Trinity. The weather was cold, brisk with just enough snow to hinder the spirit but not the soul. Today will be our final interaction via email. I'll continue to share your love and unselfish gestures where ever I go. And yes I'm the daughter of Jake Ray, so from time to time he too shall have his say. I'm cut from the cloth of you both. I will always be grateful for having a father that stood for his wife and children dignity and rights as strong and upright heritage of a deep south that carried wounds to deep for any of his heirs to comprehend. And for a Mother that was was strong in her faith but that believe also in having the respect and honor of who she was and what she stood for. Thank you both for demonstrating that it is perfectly ok to demand dignity respect and honor by demonstrating it in your everyday lives. I'm happy you are all together once again. I will visit you all on Memorial Day 2014 celebration. Until we meet again keep the gates of Heaven open and watch over us all as we continue our journey in this ole world. Hugs and kisses your daughter, friend and most of all proud offspring. Ruthie.
March 16, 2014
Today (Sunday) started off with snow and cast over skies. But I was determined to see the sunshine beneathe the clouds so I started my day off with Church. It keeps the fond memories you served as an example by started your week off with giving thanks to God even in when clouds hung low. I remember you telling me as a little girl that one day I would understand the tears of sorrows but joy always comes in the morning. I look forward to the joy in the morning and hold on tight to the memories of our yester years. Give Daddy, Vincent, Charles and all the other love ones you are now reconnected with. In the mean time I keep doing what your demonstrated to us all to keep striving for...treating others with dignity, respect, but most of all love to our fellow man. All you grand and great grand children send their hugs and kisses. Love your daughter, friend Ruthie. I'm happy you are with loves ones whom have crossed over.
RUthie Ray Harris
March 13, 2014
Your baby girl misses you so much. I remember you told me this day would come. I'm doing my best to carry on. I cherish my memories I have with me and you. Thank you so much for your unconditional love you gave to me and for your shoulder to lean on when life wasn't always fair. You made it all seem so easy. I wish I could have done more for you, but I will hold on to what you told me, I take comfort in that. I will do my best to continue your legacy with my children. I got a lot of catching up to do, cause you was one unique Lady/Mom. I love you and miss you dearly. Your baby Shirley
Shirley Scott
March 9, 2014
Today was a beautiful day. After attended church service I visited with some old friends The Johnsons..from Yazoo MS. Evelyns, Aaraon and the (3) of her (4) daughters. We all talked and laughed about the yester years we all spent together. Evelyn remember when you were here for the extended period of time for your surgeries and other times you visited with me and bertha. It was like you were sitting right there with us. I hope you saw blew James Jr. a kiss as he flew thru the clouds. Keep the light bright in Heaven. I know you are always with me as so are the many loves ones that have gone before us. Love Your Daughter and friend Ruthie..KCMO
February 27, 2014
Madear, sorry i missed your homegoing, but you know i was there in spirit. I love you so much and i want to thank you for all the memories and the laughs. See you next lifetime!
Tu Tu Hawkins
February 26, 2014
You been on my mind all day today!!! Mom really miss you!!! She's lost without u!! I promise I'll take care of her!!! Miss u and love you so much Grandma!!!
Joycelyn Dubreuil
February 23, 2014
I was so sorry to hear of Mrs. Ray's homegoing. But we know she is in a better place and we all will see her at a later date. Just know you are all in my thoughts and prayers. Love you all. Anita Nash Ray
Anita Nash Ray
February 23, 2014
I will miss my sweet, loving and caring Grandmother. We will all carry you in our hearts. You left us with sweet memories that we all will forever cherish. Love you always.
Kim Scott
February 21, 2014
bryant harris
February 21, 2014
Dear Madeer, i will miss you deeply but it is comforting to know you are in a better place. I will miss your exceptional kindness. You will forever be in my heart.
Bryant Harris
February 21, 2014
I love u Madear!!!!!!!
Jessica Dubreuil
February 21, 2014
I love you grandma, you finally got your wings and I'm proud and happy for you! We will all miss you but your legacy grows within all of us. We love you!
Shamir Finley
February 21, 2014
Thank you Madear for allowing your light to shine so brightly while here on earth. The Angels have gained a true believer and one that is strong in her faith.I'll see you when it's Gods' will. Love, your daughter Ruthie Kansas City, Missouri
February 20, 2014
I Love you sooooo much Grandma!!!!"... Missing you already!!!!!
Joycelyn Dubreuil
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