Dorothy Irene (Thomas) Ray

August 31, 1934 ~ August 23, 2020 (age 85)


Dorothy Irene Ray of Potosi, MO was born on Friday, August 31, 1934 in Springfield, MO. She was the daughter of the late Alma and Roy Woods. She passed away on Sunday, August 23, 2020 in Potosi, MO at the age of 85 years, 11 months, and 23 days.

Dorothy accepted the Lord at a young age, and served Him faithfully throughout her life. She graduated from Bourbon High School in 1952 and went on to Airline Stewardess School. She worked for a short while at Mallinckrodt Chemical Company and McDonnell Douglas. She then married the love of her life, Harold M. Ray, at Cross Roads Baptist Church in Leasburg, MO, on her birthday, August 31, 1956. Four children were born to this happy union.  Dorothy always felt her main vocation in life was that as a housewife and mother.

She was a member of Cross Roads Baptist Church and taught Sunday School for over 25 years.  She also served every summer in Vacation Bible School.  She loved quilting, gardening, and spending time with her grandchildren.  Few know this, but one of her favorite pastimes, while her husband was traveling, was painting various pictures.  All her children were given her paintings and they proudly hung her beautiful artwork in their homes.  Dorothy loved watching butterflies and hummingbirds at her feeders. She and Harold would sit and spend time together identifying birds in their yard by using a wildlife guidebook.

She was preceded in death by her parents Alma and Roy Woods, parents-in-law Harold W. and Lucille Ray, brother Robert Thomas, and brothers-in-law Bud Strauser and Ed Woodruff.

She is survived by her loving husband Harold M. Ray of Potosi, MO; children Marian J. Rousan of St. Louis, Mitchell Ray and wife Jeanie of Gerald, MO, Danielle Ray of Potosi, MO, and Vanessa Eckhoff (Dane Cheek) of Belleview, MO; sister Carolyn Strauser of Springfield, MO; sisters-in-law Gail and Neal Stephens of Leasburg, MO and Joan Woodruff of Sullivan, MO; 8 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren; nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Visitation was Tuesday, August 25, 2020, from 5:00 - 7:00 PM at Hutson Funeral Home, Cuba, MO and Funeral Service was held on Wednesday, August 26, 2020, at 11:00 AM at Cross Roads Baptist Church, Leasburg, MO.  Pastor Lane Allen officiated. Burial  followed at Cross Roads Cemetery, Leasburg, MO.

All arrangements under the care of Hutson Funeral Home, Cuba, MO.



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August 25, 2020

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Hutson Funeral Home (Cuba)
407 South Franklin
Cuba, MO 65453

Funeral Service
August 26, 2020

11:00 AM
Cross Roads Baptist Church
5958 Hwy H
Leasburg, MO 65535

August 26, 2020

Cross Roads Cemetery
5958 Hwy H
Leasburg, MO 65535

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