Marlene D. Davis Ray

Born: Sun., Mar. 22, 1936
Died: Sun., May 28, 2017


Visitation

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Sat., Jun. 03, 2017
Location: Third Missionary Baptist Church


Funeral Service

11:00 AM Sat., Jun. 03, 2017
Location: Third Missionary Baptist Church


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Marlene D. Davis Ray, 81, of Davenport, Iowa, died suddenly at home on Sunday, May 28, 2017. A funeral service celebrating her life will be held at 11 a.m. on June 3 at Third Missionary Baptist Church in Davenport. Visitation will precede the funeral from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the church. Burial will be at Pine Hill Cemetery immediately after the service. A repast will be served at the church following the burial.

 

Marlene was born on March 22, 1936 in Davenport, Iowa, to Harold and Clara Davis. She married Bobby Ray of East Moline, Illinois in 1953. They were married for 33 years and had four children. She was a loyal fan of the Kansas City Chiefs football team. Marlene also enjoyed listening to music and reading books of all genres. Her passion for music and literature led her to employment at the Bettendorf Public Library, where she worked for several years until retirement.

 

She is survived by a sister, Juanita (Charles) Babers, Rock Island, Illinois; three children, Tony L. (Elizabeth) Ray, West Des Moines, Iowa, Michelle K. Ray, St. Paul, Minnesota and Michael J. Ray, Davenport; three grandchildren, Zachary Ray, West Des Moines, Iowa, Jennifer (Chioke) Ray-Jones, St. Paul, Minnesota, Nicholas (Emily) Ray, Omaha, Nebraska, as well as two great-grandchildren, a number of nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, other relatives and many friends, including special cousins, Carolyn Clay, Barbara Wommack and Frances Boone. Marlene was preceded in death by her parents, sister Katherine Davis, brothers Frederick Davis, Sr. and Rev. Harold Davis, Jr. and son Jerome Ray.

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Pamela Briggs
   Posted Wed May 31, 2017
The news of Marlene's passing saddens me so much. I worked with her at the library for years, and she was always very kind to me. My deepest condolences to Marlene's family and friends.

Barb Reardon
   Posted Thu June 01, 2017
I also worked with Marlene at Bettendorf Library. She was always courteous and tried her best to be helpful to the patrons. I was sorry to read of her passing. My condolences to the family.

SHIRLEY J. RAY
   Posted Fri June 02, 2017
TO TONY, MICHEAL, AND MICHELLE, AND TO THE RAY FAMILY, I'M TRULY SORRY TO HEAR OF YOUR MOTHER'S PASSING. I GOT TO KNOW MARLENE AND SHE WAS A VERY NICE PERSON. MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALL.

Vickie Brown
   Posted Fri June 02, 2017

GARDEN PATH was sent by Floyd and Vicki Brown.

Our deepest sympathy to our family in our bereavement. Gone but never forgotten! Rest in peace our dear Marlene. Your cousins, Dr. Floyd and Mrs. Vicki Brown, Lakewood Ranch, FL


Christine Little
   Posted Sat June 03, 2017
I worked with Marlene at the Bettendorf Public Library for a number of years and I am so saddened to hear of her passing. Marlene was a kind and generous soul and I am a better person for having known her. She touched many hearts

Melita Tunnicliff
   Posted Sat June 03, 2017
I worked with Marlene for several years at the Bettendorf Library. I appreciated her strength of character and her kindness, and also her sense of humor. I enjoyed knowing her. My condolences to her family.