Lillian Geneva Hogan Ray, 100, of Marion, passed away peacefully Monday, Oct. 23, 2017, at Rosehill Retirement Center in Marion.

Mrs. Ray was born in McDowell County, Dec. 13, 1916, to the late Caleb Pinkney Hogan and Ella Ward Hogan. She was a member of Bethel Baptist Church. Being a mother was the greatest joy and best job Mrs. Ray ever had. She raised eight children all together, three girls and five boys. She was an excellent housekeeper, great cook, and needless to say, a very hard worker. Mrs. Ray also enjoyed gardening in her spare time. Most of all, she loved her children and grandchildren dearly.

In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, James Tilghman Ray; a son, Bobby Ray; a grandson, Gregory Ray; and her 10 brothers and sisters. Surviving Mrs. Ray are her sons, Michael Ray, of Marion, C. Terry (Kathleen) Ray of Dallastown, Pa., James (JoAnn) Ray of Marion, Jerry T. (Patricia) Ray of Disputanta, Va.; daughters, Mary (James) Valentine of Felton, Pa., Patsy Martin, of Edgemere, Md., and Julia (Ed) Kamberger; a daughter-in-law, Debbie Ray of Baltimore, Md.; a sister, Jean Mace of Marion; 19 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; and 15 great-great-grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held Saturday, Oct. 28, at 10 a.m., at Kirksey Funeral Home in Marion with the Rev. Jimmy Upton officiating. The family will receive friends Friday, Oct. 27, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Kirksey Funeral Home in Marion.

Burial will follow the funeral service Saturday, Oct. 28, at Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery.

Kirksey Funeral Home is honored to be entrusted with the care of the Ray family.

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