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.