Nell Ray October 22, 1920 ~ August 12, 2012

Nell Ray, 91, of Fayetteville, AR died August 12, 2012 at Fayetteville City Hospital, her home for over twelve years.

Nell was born October 22, 1920 in West Fork, AR the daughter of Garland and Ada Carter.  She married Maurice Ray on February 4th, 1942.

She was a member of the West Fork Presbyterian Church, President of the Missionary Society, Worthy Matron of the Eastern Star, Daughters of Demeter, the University of Arkansas Women’s Club and secretary for the West Fork School Superintendent.

Nell loved to quilt, cross stitch, and sew.  She was a wonderful cook and homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her parents Garland and Ada Carter, her husband, Dr. Maurice L. Ray; two brothers, Hearl and Tom Carter and two sisters, Thelma Williams and Mary Threlkeld.

Survivors include her daughter, Carolyn Crider and husband, Marion of West Fork, two sons, David Ray of West Fork and John Ray of Fayetteville, two grandsons, Lane Crider and his wife, Stacy of Fayetteville, AR and Marcus Crider and his wife, Christy of Nashville, TN;  one granddaughter, Kelsey Ray of Springdale; four great-grandchildren, Emma and Tuck Crider of Fayetteville and Cole and Lydia Crider of Nashville, TN; a sister-in-law, Muriel Sperduto and her husband, Ted of Springfield, VA, many nieces and nephews and her extended family at Fayetteville City Hospital.

Funeral Services will be at 11:00 A.M. Saturday; August 18, 2012 at the chapel of Beard’s Funeral Chapel with Carter Threlkeld officiating.

Burial will be in the West Fork Cemetery.


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    David Ellis » 14. Aug, 2012

    Nell was always interested in the people around her, and looking for ways to help. No matter how ill she was, she was always polite and thoughtful. We always had a special connection, having both belonged to small Presbyterian churches in this area.

    Linda & Randy Bradley » 16. Aug, 2012

    To Nell’s family: Please know that we will miss Nell so much. What a wonderful lady she was! I always enjoyed our visits greatly and always came away with feeling of having been truly blessed by having a friend such as Nell. She was always interested in where we’d been, what we’d done and who we’d seen and had such a lively mind. She was a wonderful friend to me. Our thoughts and prayers are with all the family during this sad time.

    Bev (Woods) Elliott » 16. Aug, 2012

    Dear Carolyn,
    What fond memories I have of your mother and all of your family! There were so many sweet, sweet times. May your loving memories carry you through your grief. My love to you and yours.

    Paula Cheves » 16. Aug, 2012

    I spent many hours visiting with Ms. Nell and loved every mintue of it. The feeling of love I always recieved from her was glorious! She made me feel special, that too, was a gift she was given. I am thankful for what Ms. Nell brought to my life. Now in Heaven with so many of our loved ones, once again healthy, with full sight rejoicing with the Angels! I love you Ms. Nell!!

    Name » 16. Aug, 2012

    Nell was such a sweet, loving lady. I’m so sorry to hear of your loss.
    Sandy Clifton Goeke

    Harriet Wells » 16. Aug, 2012

    Dear Carolyn John and David….I wanted you to know how sorry I am for the loss of your wonderful mother! She was the kindest most loving woman I ever met!! She was truly a beautiful soul!! I know your great memories of her will be a big comfort in the years to come! I feel very privileged to have known her! Love…Harriet

    Liz (Whittemore) Hannah » 17. Aug, 2012

    To Kelsey, David and all her family… you are in my thoughts and prayers! Nell had such a sweet sweet spirit. I know she touched many lives while on this Earth and now is with our Lord in Heaven.

    Name » 17. Aug, 2012

    Carolyn and Family,
    So sorry for your loss. I’m thinking of you and including you in my prayers.
    Karla Bradley