Barbara R. Ray


Barbara R Naugle Ray, 86, of West Terre Haute passed away at 11:48 p.m. Thursday April 11th, 2019, in the Hospice Unit of Union Hospital. Barbara was born July 24, 1932 in New Goshen to Ted & (Mary) Belle Naugle.
Barbara was a licensed beautician, a secretary for the VCSC and also worked for WPFR. In 1974 she became a stay at home mom that loved to cook and can. Later she began to watch other children in her home.
She was a 50 year member of The Order of Eastern Star Chapter #428, and also a member for over 50 years at Emmanuel United Methodist Church.
Barbara is survived by her son "Les" Leslie E. Ray Jr and wife Donna, a daughter Denise Welch and her husband Randy; four wonderful grandchildren, Leslie Ann Ray & (Mike), Tabitha Matherly & (Gary), Sabrina Piper & (Josh) and Aaron Welch & (Cassie) along with 7 great-grandchildren Emily & Katelyn Beeghly, Addison Matherly, Colton & Brookelyn Piper and Swell & Logann Welch, a brother Jim Naugle and 3 sisters Bonnie Robinson, Lillie Mae Naugle, Laura Shimel &( Dennis), all from Arizona, also step sisters, JoAnn Crist & (Jerry), Lou Siner & (Don) and Susan Haymaker; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Ruth Naugle, Clara Lou Morgan &(Dan), Fran Ray, & Dorothey Ray along with several nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and her "adopted daughter," Michelle Lindsey.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Leslie "Earl" Ray Sr, 2 brothers Wallace Naugle and Chuck Naugle, step -father Homer Haymaker & several in-laws and cousins that she loved dearly.
Barbara loved her family; she loved playing cards & bingo, going bowling and just being SILLY!! Since the death of her husband 11 years ago she has spent most weekends out in the country with her family playing with the Great Grandkids and eating ice cream , PTRNDY ( her way of spelling candy) and of course her RC'S, she always asked for dessert every weekend.
Barbara aka: Barbara Rose, Mom, Grouchy Grandma, Mamaw Ray, Dolly, Sis, Humpty Dump and Bird legs will be missed by all that knew her. After fighting Alzheimer's for the past 14 years she is at peace and in a much better place.
Funeral services will be at Fitzpatrick Funeral Home, 220 North 3rd St., West Terre Haute on Wednesday April 17, 2019 at 2 p.m., with Rev. Kathy Roush officiating. Eastern Star services will be held immediately before the funeral service at 1:45 p.m. Visitation is scheduled for Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the funeral home.
Pallbearers will be Jim Naugle, Aaron Welch, Josh Piper, Jim Nelson, David Porter, Billy Hill and Jerry Hill.
The family suggests that if friends so desire, memorial contributions may be made to Emmanuel United Church or the Alzheimer's Assoc. with envelopes available at the funeral home. The family would like to thank Gibson Family Center for Hospice Care, who took wonderful care of her in her last days.
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Published on April 13, 2019
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4 posts

Tabitha irwins
Apr 16, 2019
Sorry for your loss prayers go out to you and your family . Thank you for allowing me to take care of her again one last time. She was a very sweet funny lady , and she has a loving beautiful family . God bless you all
Apr 16, 2019
OMG When george and I got married we would go to the Ray's house to play euchre as a group(the group would go to different houses)it was so much fun. You didn't have your spouse for a partner so that made it even more fun. I always remember Earl telling Sis(Barbara) "now hon you can't do that" he always called her Hon. Sis would just laugh. Wonderful times in those days.
Beverly Baum
Apr 15, 2019
Denise and Leslie,
I am so sorry for you loss! I remember your mother fondly. I so enjoyed talking with her. You and your families are in my thoughts and prayers. Love, Bev Baum
Anita Whitlock (Conder)
Apr 14, 2019
I'm so sorry for your loss.May you find peace and comfort in your loving memories.