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Billie F. Ray

d. April 25, 2016


Friday, April 29, 2016 from 11 a.m. until service time at Waters Funeral Chapel.


Friday, April 29, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia
: Rev. Bob Hoehn.
Music: Sharon Hoehn - pianist; Arlen Provancha - soloist.
Interment: Lick Creek Cemetery in Perry.
Pallbearers: Jacob Garner, Brad Elzea, Brandon Elzea, Chad Parsons, Dick Bloomfield and Tom Lentz.

Billie Frances (Fanning) Ray passed away at 7:03 p.m. on Monday, April 25, 2016 at Tri-County Care Center in Vandalia. She attended Perry schools and was a 1942 graduate of Perry High School. During high school, she played the trombone in band and was active on her high school basketball team. While in high school, she met her future husband, Everett W. Ray. As Everett was called to serve his country during World War II, Billie moved out east and worked at a hospital in Staten Island, New York. Upon moving back to Missouri, Billie worked in the office of Starks' Nursery in Louisiana. She later worked at the Perry State Bank as a bookkeeper/teller and then as a secretary for the Ralls County School District. Billie was an active member of the Perry Christian Church. She was a past member of the Perry Ladies VFW Auxiliary; Perry Study Club, Embla Club, Perry Musique Club and Entre Nous Club. While at Tri-County, she enjoyed attending the Sunday afternoon worship service, exercise class and playing bingo.

Born: May 19, 1924 in rural Ralls County, Missouri the daughter of Roy Peter and Winnie Katherine (Shulze) Fanning.

Married: Everett W. Ray on January 30, 1943 in Hannibal; he preceded her in death on December 9, 2010.

Survivors include: one daughter, Judith Kay (Ray) Brands and grandson, Dr. Quentin Jerome Brands both of Arlington, Texas; one nephew, James M. Elzea and wife Barbara Elzea of Vandalia; nieces and nephews: Brad Elzea of Springfield; Michelle (Chad) Parsons of New London; Brandon (Nicole) Elzea, Kinley, Katie and Klair of Vandalia; Nici Brown, Jacob and Jordan Garner; MaKenna Unglesbee of Vandalia.

Preceded in death by: parents; husband, Everett; an infant sister; sister, Ruth Lucile Elzea and son-in-law, Dr. Jerome Henry Brands.

Memorials are encouraged to the Perry Christian Church.

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