Louise Abbott Ray
Louise Abbott Ray
  • September 27, 1923 - December 15, 2017
  • Wingate, North Carolina

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Louise "Porky" Ray. 94, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend went home to be with our precious Lord on December 15, 2017.

Ursula Louise Abbott was born in Greensboro North Carolina on September 27, 1923 to Patty and Joseph Abbott. After losing her mother only 10 days into infancy, she was raised in the loving home of Mr. and Mrs. E.J. Talley of Greensboro.

After graduating from Greensboro High School, now known as Grimsley, Louise went to Guilford College where she earned her degree in English. It was at Guilford College that she met Joe Ray, who had just returned from the service. Joe and Louise were married on August 14, 1947 by Dr. Turner at First Baptist Church. They had been married 53 years at the time of Joe's death on May 16, 2001.

Louise "Porky" was always very active in First Baptist Church where she taught Sunday school and Training Union. She also was active in WMU. In 1964, Louise was very excited about the opportunity to work with Mildred Bass in starting up the ceramic program in the recreation building of the church, which is still going strong to this day. Teaching ceramics and enjoying the fellowship that transpired during ceramics class brought her such joy. While Louise would never admit it all those around her knew she was a true artist.

Louise was very determined and a giving person who loved life. She was an active member of the Greensboro Women's Club until her health declined. In her later years, she served on the benevolence committee at First Baptist as a way she could continue to serve others in their time of need.

Louise is survived by two children; Trisha Ray (Debbie La Mar) of East Hampton, CT, Joe Ray (Denise Stegall Ray) of Wingate, NC, three grandchildren, Timothy Cobb, Bethany Quinn (Aaron) and Tiffany Ray and two great-grandchildren, Walker and Jane Quinn.

The family would like to thank the assisted living staff from Abbotswood at Irving Park, the staff of Woodridge Assisted Living in Monroe and the skilled nursing and Hospice staff of PruittHealth-Union Pointe in Monroe for their loving care and support over the past ten years. Floral tributes are welcome or memorial contributions may be made to Pruitt Health Hospice, 924 Main St., Suite 100, North Wilkesboro, NC 28659. Online condolences may be offered at www.hanes-lineberryfuneralhomes.com.