Nola Dean Ray

(November 10th, 1929 - September 17th, 2016)

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Nola Dean Ray, age 86 of Ava, Missouri, passed from this life into eternity surrounded by her family on Saturday, September 17, 2016.  She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend.  Nola Dean was born November 10, 1929, to Clyde and Edith Shipps and raised on a family farm in Ava.  She was the youngest of five children.  Nola Dean married Ernest “Lyle” Ray on November 1, 1947, and they planned to celebrate their 69th anniversary on November 1, 2016.  Nola Dean is survived by her husband Lyle, her son, Larry Ray wife, Huba Ann (Welton) of Ozark; grandson Matthew Ray, wife Samantha of Chicago and great-grandson, Charleston “Charlie” Ray; granddaughter Nicole Painter husband Wendell of Rogersville,  great-grandson, Sayge Painter and grandson, Taylor Ray of Ozark.  Nola Dean was a talented cook, gardener, and seamstress who bestowed endless homemade goods and heirlooms to family and friends. Honoring Nola Dean’s wishes a graveside burial service is planned for family and friends at the Ava Cemetery at 10:00A.M., Friday, September 23, 2016.  Services under the direction of Barnes Family Funeral Home, Ozark.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Judes Children’s Research Hospital at Online condolences maybe made at

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