March 31, 1936 - June 23, 2012
Joanne E. Ray of Milton-Freewater passed away at her home on June 23, 2012. A celebration of life will be held on Friday, July 6, 2012, at 2 p.m. at the American Legion Hall, 424 N.E. 8th St., Milton-Freewater. Those who wish may make memorial contributions in memory of Joanne Ray to the Walla Walla Community Hospice in care of the Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home, 902 S. Main, Milton-Freewater, OR.
Joanne E. Ray was born on March 31, 1936, the daughter of Edward J. and Eleanor B. (Pearson) Blakely in Chicago. Joanne was an only child. The family moved to Chesterton, Ind., when she was in her mid-teens. There she met and married her late husband, Francis L. Ray Sr. Joanne and her husband raised their five children in Porter and Chesterton, Ind. She was a great seamstress, sewing for family members. In the early ‘50s Joanne became involved with the American Legion Auxillary, Post 170 in Chesterton. She was installed as Auxillary president in 1966, and held a 10-year term. Joanne loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and each time a new one arrived she acted as if it was the very first. She and her husband loved to travel within the U.S. and made a decision in 2001 to move to Milton-Freewater to be closer to some of the family.
Survivors include her children and their spouses, Debbie and Bill Burgess of Chesterton, Ind., Laura Ray of Milton-Freewater, Christine Mecca of Cedar Lake, Ind., Frank Ray Jr. of New Mexico; her furry pal, Angel; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends. Her parents; husband, Frank Ray Sr.; a daughter, Denise; and her grandmother, all preceded her in death.
A private inurnment will take place and friends are asked to remember a loved one by planting a rose bush in their name, because Joanne loved pink or coral-colored roses and believed roses were one of God's very special flowers to the Earth.