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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