Ruby L. Ray

Ruby Leona Ray was born on June 24, 1948 in Sharon, Pennsylvania to Annie Laura (Hosey) Wright and Robert L. Wright, Sr., who was a career soldier. She was one of 5 children. Ruby graduated from Carver High School in Columbus, Georgia and in 1968 united in Holy Matrimony to Roy Ray, Jr. (deceased) in Ft. Benning, Georgia.

The family relocated to Lansing, Michigan in 1970 where Ruby was able to attend and graduate from Lansing Business University in 1973 (now Davenport College). Ruby worked for many years in administrative support in the law enforcement field retiring from the Lansing Police Department after 24 years of service.

After retirement Ruby relocated to Georgia and worked as an Administrative Clerk for the Georgia Department of Corrections.

Ruby was full of life. Upon returning to Lansing, Michigan in 2003 her world revolved around her siblings, her children and her grandchildren. Ruby enjoyed Bowling and Bingo and loved good BBQ Ribs, Steak and Fried Chicken. But those things did not touch the love she had for her dear grandchildren who affectionately called her “GG.” sports enthusiast at heart, Ruby could rival any TV commentator when it came to Football and Basketball. And no criminal could out maneuver Ruby when she viewed her favorite TV show “Law and Order.”

Coming from a spiritual home, Ruby was baptized at the age of 7. After the family moved to Lansing in 1970 she united with Friendship Baptist Church and served for many years. In 1991 Ruby united with Immanuel’s Temple Systems of Church pastored by Bishop Phillip E. Owens and served until she moved out of the state but reunited upon her return in 2003. As Ruby’s health began to fail one of her special requests she asked of her doctor was that she be able to visit the new sister church to Immanuel’s Temple in Las Vegas, Nevada. Her health did not permit the travel.

On May 9, 2011 Ruby departed this life at Sparrow Hospital St. Lawrence Campus, forever to be with the Lord.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Annie Wright and Deacon Robert Wright; a brother, Willie Edward Wright; and 2 brothers-in-law, Maizo Lark and Billie Barker.

She leaves to cherish her memory: two children, Robert Nathaniel and Rameisha Atayla, both of Lansing; a special son, Jamie (Susan) Loveall; two sisters, Frances Edwina Lark and Alice Marie Barker both of Las Vegas, Nevada and one brother Robert Lee (Gwendolyn) Wright, Jr. of Shellville, Georgia; 10 grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; 3 nieces; 9 nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends.

The funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, May 13, 2011 at Immanuel’s Temple Systems of Church, 5400 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Lansing, MI  48911. The family will receive friends from 12-2 p.m. and 4-6 p.m. on Thursday at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel.

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Katetra Washington
May 11, 2011 at 4:47 pm

I am so apologetic to hear of the passing away of Miss Ruby. I have know idea what you must be going through in losing what I believe is the single most vital compass in my life. I know your mom was that to you, too, and with this loss comes so many layers of despondency. Please know my heart is open to giving you anything you might necessitate during this moment in time of inconceivable loss.

Suzanne Moore
May 12, 2011 at 8:15 am

My thoughts & prayers go out to family members. Ruby was a delightful woman. I had the pleasure of knowning and working with Ruby. May your cherished memories of Ruby bring you comfort and may knowing that she is in God’s loving arms also bring you comfort.

Michelle Burkhardt
May 12, 2011 at 5:47 pm

I had the pleasure of knowing and working with Ms. Ruby. She will forever be in our hearts. My thoughts and prayers go out to family and friends during this difficult time. God be with you my friend.

God bless.

Melissa Glass Atlanta, GA
May 16, 2011 at 5:23 pm

Ms Ruby will be truly missed. My prayers are with the family in the time of your loss. To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. Deepest Sympathy.

Quiana Joiye Ray
June 25, 2011 at 3:04 pm

We love you GG, you ment the world to us all, you will be missed so dearly much we all love you. you are in a better place and you are not in any more pain. even though you are not here on earth you are her by spirit and in our hearts. we love you grandma.

Geni Hershberger
July 19, 2013 at 12:29 am

I am so sorry….I did not know until I found this…May God be with the family


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