Nell Ray
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Obituary of Nell Ray

Nell Ray, 89, of Cleveland passed away on Saturday, October 5, 2019 at

her home. Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 8,

2019, at Ray Funeral Home. A second visitation will be from 10:00 to

11:00 a.m. Wednesday, October 9, 2019, the celebration of life service

will follow all at Ray Funeral Home.


Nell was born in Tennessee on March 11, 1930 to Hubert Newton Ditto

and Lou Etta Ham Ditto. She married D. Neal Ray, Jr. on June 10, 1950,

in Lyon, Mississippi. Mrs. Ray owned and operated Ra Nell's gift and

flower shop in Shelby, MS until she retired in February 1997.


Mrs. Ray was a member of First Baptist Church in Shelby, MS until she

and her husband moved to Cleveland in February 2004. They had two

children, Donna and Bobby. Mrs. Ray was an active member of Immanuel

Baptist Church in Cleveland, where she was a member of Ladies Adult 1

Sunday School class.


Mrs. Ray is preceded in death by her parents, Hubert Newton Ditto and

Lou Etta Ham Ditto; husband, D. Neal Ray, Jr.; daughter, Donna

Ainsworth and her husband, Ken Ainsworth; sister, Laverne Steele and

her husband Charlie; brother, James Howard Ditto; and daughter-in-law,

Wanda Milun Ray.


Survivors are her son, Bobby Dwaine Ray, Sr. (Nina); grandchildren,

Stephanie Vetrano, Dwaine Ray, Jr. (Stephanie), Steve Ray, Justin

Ainsworth, and Memrie Litton (Jamey) ; great grandchildren, Laura

Gillum,Dalton Cumming, Katherine Vetrano, Morgan McNeer, Austin Ray, Kaylee Ray,

Charlotte Ainsworth, and Laney Litton; brother, Leroy Ditto of

California and Robert Earl Ditto of Nevada;  two special nieces, Wanda

Jean Ray of Cleveland and Ann Ellis of Tupelo; and special great

niece, Teresa Pongetti.Two great, great, grandchildren, Hudson Reed McNeer and Landon Cummings


In memory of Mrs. Ray, the family requests that donations be made to:

Immanuel Baptist Church

P.O. Box 479

Cleveland, MS 38732


Shelby Cemetery Fund

P.O. Box 88

Shelby, MS 38774