She was a native of Hamilton County and the daughter of the late William Fred Nelson and Nina Pauline Henry. Ms. Ray attended the Fellowship for Christ Church in Shelbyville and worked as a dietician at Glen Oaks Convalescent Center for 27 years.
She is survived by her children: James E. Farrar Sr. of Shelbyville, Sandra Pena of Wartrace, Melissa Kelly of Georgia, Jason Ray Jr. of Unionville and William Charles Ray of Shelbyville. She is survived by five brothers: William Fred, Wilbert, Glen, Steve and David Nelson and five sisters: Henrietta Crosslin, Linda Boyce, Margaret Baker, Helen Appraoui, and Sue Riehi. Ms. Ray is also survived by 24 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
Visitation with the family will be on Sunday, January 20, 2013 from 4:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Gowen-Smith Funeral Chapel. Funeral services will be on Monday, January 21, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. from the chapel of Gowen-Smith with Bro. Ray Armstrong officiating. Burial will follow in Willow Mount Cemetery.