Lorena King Ray

Lorena King Ray

Monday, May 2nd, 1921 - Friday, March 20th, 2020
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Lorena King Ray passed away on March 20, 2020 at Tri-Cities Chaplaincy Hospice House in Kennewick, Washington. Lorena was born on May 2, 1921 and was 98 years of age at the time of her passing.

Lorena was born in Miami, Oklahoma to George L and Delpha (Neal) King. She moved with her family to the Hood River Valley when only 9 months old. Lorena grew up in Odell attending Odell schools.

Lorena knew Virgil all through their Odell school years. On September 5th 1937 Lorena married her school sweetheart, Virgil Leroy Ray. The two went to Stevenson, WA with a friend to stand up with them. The couple returned to Hood River to tell their parents, which wasn’t easy.

Lorena’s only sibling George King “junior” passed away in 1939. Richard Leroy was born October 23, 1941, Earl James in December 14, 1944 and their daughter Sharron Elizabeth on January 21,1947. Lorena was a stay at home mom until Sharron went to school.

Lorena worked for Stadleman Fruit for 12 years, on the family orchard for 10 years, at a health food store in Portland for 8 years, and Hi-School Pharmacy for 8 years until retiring in 1997. One of the best things growing up was her summer / fall vegetable garden. All five of us and grandparents would sit around laughing and joking while we shacked corn, snapped green beans or stripped peas out of pods. This was on a different evening because the next day was canning day. She enjoyed crocheting, gardening, reading, embroidery and playing the piano in the early years and plugging her headphones in to her electronic organ in the later years. She was an active member of Hood River Valley Christian Church and Columbia Community Church (C3) in Kennewick, Washington.

In addition to her parents and brother Lorena was preceded in death by her husband, Virgil, two sons; Richard & Earl, son-in-law, John, daughter-in-law Gale Ray and three grandchildren.

Lorena is survived by her daughter, Sharron Rath of Kennewick, Washington; daughter-in-law, Pat Ray of North Carolina; nine (9) grandchildren; seventeen (17) great-grandchildren: and five (5) great, great-grandchildren.

Private committal at Idlewilde Cemetery where Lorena was laid to rest by her husband took place Saturday, March 28, 2020. A service to celebrate her life will be held at a later date.

Memorials are encouraged to be made in Lorena’s name to Hood River Valley Christian Church or Chaplaincy Hospice Care of Richland, WA sent c/o Anderson’s Tribute Center (1401 Belmont Ave, Hood River, OR 97031).

Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson's Tribute Center (Funerals • Receptions • Cremations) 1401 Belmont Avenue, Hood River, Oregon 97031.

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Chris Keith

Posted at 07:34pm
Lorena was a very special woman who loved the Lord. She was always so supportive of me with whatever I did in ministry. She also gave the best hugs as small as she was. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family.

Vicki White

Posted at 08:07pm
The Rath Family
My sincere condolences go out to you at this time. You are in my prayers. Sincerely and with deepest sympathy, Vicki White


Posted at 07:08pm
I was saddened to read of Mom's passing . I have wonderful memories of times with her including baseball games in Arizona. She was such an inspiration to many of us. I'm holding all of you in my prayers.

Nancy and Fred

Posted at 02:49pm
We are so sorry to hear of your loss of your mother. The lasting memories you have will bring you peace and joy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Rev Donnamae Grannemann

Posted at 02:19pm
So sorry to hear of the death of your mother, Sharron. Condolences to your family at this time. You can celebrate the good, long life you were blessed to have her for. My own dear mama, age 101 and 9 months, died on Feb 27, so I sense your loss and at the same time the joy that your mother is now residing in the heavenly realm! What HOPE for all of us. Blessings to all of you, Donnamae and Glenn Grannemann (HRVCC-The Dalles)

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