OBITUARY: Goldena Louise Ray

Goldena Louise Ray, 98, peacefully passed away at her home in Newton surrounded by family.

She was born March 19, 1920, in Manhattan, the daughter of Ward and Maude Mitchell. Goldena married Luther Arzo Ray, and they had been married for more than 70 years; he preceded her in death.

Goldena loved flowers and cooking for her family. She also took a lot of pride in helping to raise her grandchildren. She was involved in the Prince Hall Grand Chapter Order of The Eastern Star known as Almond #27 and had continuous membership for more than 25 years. She also was a member of the Women’s Missionary Society of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.

Survivors include one son George Ray Sr. of Newton; two daughters, Mary McClanahan of East Stroudsburg, Pa., and Paula Ray of Newton; six grandchildren Tashia Ray, George Ray, Chase Ray, Tyron Ray, Shawna Ray and Danelle McClanahan; and 10 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by three brothers; two sisters; and two grandchildren, Brian McClanahan and Arica McClanahan.

The family would like to give a huge thanks to Good Shepard Hospice they were wonderful caring people to Goldena.

Visitation will be from 1 to p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18. The funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 19, at Petersen Funeral Home Chapel in Newton followed by burial at Greenwood Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Good Shepard Hospice in care of the funeral Home.

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