Betty Jo Ray

March 2, 1924 - March 27, 2020

Betty Jo Ray, 96, passed away peacefully on Friday March 27, 2020.

Betty Jo was a wonderful woman of faith, wife, mother and friend. She loved to read, word search books, cooking, baking and spending time on her front porch enjoying a cup of hot tea. She loved to share her wonderful dewberry cobbler and many tasty Christmas cookies. Betty Jo lead by example of how to live a life in Christ.

She has now joined her beloved husband, J.E. Ray; son, John Ray; parents, Alva Jasmine and Frank Lee Bertschler; and sister, Carol Montgomery.

Left to celebrate her life are her daughters, Laura Lee Wheeler, Jane Ann Kemplay; sons, William (Bill) Ray and wife, Mary and Thomas (TJ) Ray and wife, Rhonda; daughter-in-law, Jan Ray; sister, Nancy Currier; 6 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and 3 great-great-grandchildren.

A family graveside celebration of Betty Jo’s life will be held at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Beaumont, under the direction of Broussard’s, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont.

Family request in lieu of flowers donation be made to Some Other Place, P.O. Box 0843, Beaumont, Texas 77704; American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73123; Walk to End Alzheimer’s, 6055 South Loop East Freeway, Houston, Texas 77087, Saint Anthony Cathedral Basilica, P.O. Box 3309, Beaumont, Texas 77704; or Saint Anne Catholic Church, P.O. Box 3429, Beaumont, Texas 77704.


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Robert & Phyllis Lee

Prayers and sympathy for you Jane Ann and family. May she rest in eternal peace in the arms of Jesus.

Eileen Strang Tindall

Sorry to read of Betty Jo passing away but my first thought she was with her love J.E. Always enjoyed talking with her and her love of life. Sweet lady is now resting w/members of her family and is at peace. Prayers for all and know she is at peace being with her beloved family..

Nancy Currie

A loving daughter, wife, mom, grandmother, great grandmother, great-great grandmother & very wise big sis!

Dannie & Kathy Gaudet

Our sincere condolences to Betty Jo’s family. Its never easy to say goodbye to those you love but the memories that you share of your mom, grandmother, great grandmother and friend will be yours forever. We will remember her fondly. May her soul rest in the peace of Christ.

Ruth Willard Aubey

JE and Betty Jo were like family in my early life. "Brother-in-law" worked with my dad and uncles on family projects in Vidor. Betty Jo and their children were additional cousins. We were in church together from Cable street through Cleveland when my life took me out of Beaumont. Many fond memories.


Now, she and Mom can watch JE and Dad play softball (baseball?) with the rest of the North End Methodist group. God bless her! and God bless 'em all.

Marianne und Kurt Matt mit Corinna und Rene, Pia, Theresa und Dominik

We're so sorry for your loss, for your pain, for your grief, for your sadness. We light a candle for Betty. Rest in Peace.

Willard Hall, Jr.

My childhood memories of North End Methodist Church are forever tied to JE and Betty Jo. I will always be grateful for the love the Ray family shared with me as I grew up. May God's love hold each of us closer who were blessed to have Betty Jo be a part of our lives.

Rev William Manger

Bill, I am sorry to hear about your Mom. IU know you were devoted to her. She was a good person and God would sure think so too. Father Manger

Pamela Farnie

To all of you is am so sorry for your loss. She was a wonderful example of life and love. I know how much she will be missed. Jane Ann i am so sorry i did not attend but just heard after Donnie saw you last night. I live you guys!