Jacqueline C. Ray (nee Ford)

Jacqueline Claudette Ray passed away Aug. 31, 2020 at the age of eighty, after a long and wonderfully beautiful life. Jacqueline was born Feb. 10, 1940 in Akron, Ohio. She attended Bettis Grade School Ennes Junior High School and graduated from Akron North High School in 1958. She also attended The University of Akron part-time and accumulated three years of credit before her work and family responsibilities caused her to stop. She met her husband, Dale G. Ray, Jr., in 1959 and they married Aug. 26, 1961. She had four children Christine I. E. (Mike) Scafate, Dale G. (Charlotte) Ray, III, James F. (Wendy) Ray and Eugene W. L. R. F. (Jeanne) Ray. She had eleven grandchildren: Melissa J. B. (Heath) Light, Anthony D. (Brittany) Day Jr., Kyle T. Ray, Paige E. Ray, Cassandra C. D. Ray, Madeleine L. Ray, Eva M. Ray, Katrina J. Ray, Lillian M. Ray, William M. Ray and Elise M. Ray. She had four Great-Grandchildren: Haiden N. Light, Alexis M. Light, Chelsea J. Light and Juliette E. Day. She was preceded in death by her parents J. Arthur and Inez C. Ford, her sister-in-law Caroline S. Ray and two brothers-in-law Merle Adolphson and Charles E. Simmons. Left to mourn her loss are her family, sisters Patty A. Adolphson and Judith K. Simmons, her brother-in-law Dr. Phillip P. Ray, several nieces, nephews, cousins and her beloved PeekaPoo Baby HeartBeat. Jacqueline worked as a Teller, Senior Teller, and Customer Service Representative for several banks including Great Northern, Cuyahoga Falls Savings, Fifth Third and North Akron Savings. In 2001, she left banking to work with her husband in the Grand (State) Office of The Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of the State of Ohio as the Grand Stenographer to the Grand Secretary. At the age of seventy-six she finally retired to continue doing what she loved most in caring for the family. It is very difficult to sum up a life such as hers. She was a loving, friendly person who worked hard, was a wonderful homemaker, was an outstanding wife, mother, grandmother, and friend, and was always cheerful and never complained. In her later years she fought and won battles with cancer and heart disease and kept on working and taking care of her family. You could not have asked for more from this magnificent woman, who we were privileged to call wife, mother and grandmother. The family would like to thank the wonderful doctors that she had: Doctors Sandra V. Hazra Lee A. Sprance, Michael M. Hughes, Robert F. Debski, and Jennifer M. Pamfile along with all the caregivers at Summa Barberton Hospital. At the end, the caregivers from Summa Home Hospice Nancy Smith, Denise Clark, Renee Petrovich and Rev. Kevin DeJournnett, provided tender care that will always be remembered. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children.

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