Bettie Joe Ray

July 29, 1939 - February 11, 2021

Bettie Joe Ray, 81, of Fannett, died Thursday, February 11, 2021, at Oakwood Manor in Vidor. She was born on July 29, 1939, in Bessmay, to Vera Alene Jayroe Fuller and Claude Fuller. Bettie Joe was an excellent cook that always made sure you had plenty to eat and would not walk away from her table hungry. Her generosity to others carried throughout her life, as she loved to give gifts to everyone letting them know just how much she cared for them. She was a faithful supporter of the PNG Indians and Baylor Bears. She never meets a stranger and loved talking about her family and how proud she was of every one of them.

Survivors include her children, Cindy Schroeder and husband Paul, of Fannett; Mark Stelly and wife, Nisha, of Justin; and Penny Savant and her husband, Mike of Bridge City; grandchildren, Misty and Justin Pierson, Ashley and Chad Emerson, Hollie and Lance Duff, Staci and James Sparrow, Haley and Colby Martin, Andrew and Josh; ten great-grandchildren; and siblings Janie Oliver and Fowler and Dorothy Fuller.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband Gene Ray; three brothers and one sister.

The family would like to give special thanks to the staff at Oakwood Manor, Vidor for taking such good care of Bettie Joe and making her feel right at home.

A gathering of Mrs. Ray’s family and friends will begin at 8:30am, with her funeral service to follow at 10:00am, Saturday, February 20, 2021, at Broussard’s, 505 North 12th Street, Nederland. Her interment will follow at Antioch Cemetery, Buna.

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Rebecca Fuller

RIP Bettie Jo! Love you! ❤️ Becky

Sandra Melton and Patrick Larson

Misty and Justin, We are ver sorry for your loss. Our condolences to all the family.


Time and distance may have kept us apart but she was my friend from the first meeting and always thought of her fondly on her Birthday. Miss you still.

Fowler & Dorothy


Mark and Nisha Stelly

We love you Mom, and we will see you when we GO Home. Life dealt you some hard knocks, but you always had the strength to overcome and keep moving on. You never stopped caring for everyone and you were always a giving person that loved to make people feel welcomed and just to say how much you cared for them as a friend or as close family. You have gone HOME now and you new home welcomes you with open arms and those who have arrived before you will be there to greet you. We will always love you and we will miss you, but we are happy now that you are not suffering any longer and you are at peace. Peace be with you, God Bless you. You have left us all with good memories of a wonderful Mom and a wonderful person, Love you, Mark and Nisha

Karen Kessinger

I will miss your calls and texts, but I know you are in a much better place. I will cherish the memories I have. I love you. -Karen

Mike & Jan Duff

Our thoughts & prayers are with all of you . May God wrap His arms around you today and in the days ahead..

Pattie Turner

Thanks for all the memories You were always so very kind and loving towards me no matter what. Your sweet cards, text and pictures always brought a smile to my face and joy to my heart. You will be missed by many but you have been welcomed to your eternal home by your Lord and Savior. Thank you for always having a smile and a hug for me Love you my sweet Sister in Christ. RIP For the family I pray that you Will feel God’s Comfort and His Peace that passes our understanding I love y’all Pattie Turner