Leona Nora Ray, 93, died Friday, July 18, 2008, at Rose Arbor Assisted Living Facility in Hermiston.

The family plans a private graveside funeral at the Hermiston Cemetery. A celebration of life service is planned later at the Hermiston First Christian Church.

Mrs. Ray was born Feb. 22, 1915, at Dow, Okla., to Robert Andrew and Sally Nora (Garrett) Jackson, one of eight children. The family moved from Oklahoma to Rainier in 1929. Leona married Orville Ray in 1933. They lived in Portland until they moved to Hermiston, where they lived on the family farm 50 years. Mrs. Ray was a homemaker and farmer's wife, enjoying family, gardening and lots of flowers.

Survivors include a daughter, Loretta Wanner of Hermiston; sons Gerald Ray of Echo and Kenneth Ray of Aloha; a brother, Eugene Jackson of Portland; eight grandchildren, Kenneth and Angie of Hermiston, Summer of Portland, Jackie of Washington, D.C., Tammi of Pendleton, Brian of Gresham, April of Coquitlam, B.C., Canada, and Wayne of Gibson, B.C., Canada; seven great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Orville, in 1999; parents Robert and Sally Jackson; three brothers; and three sisters.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the local charity of one's choice.

Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in charge of arrangements.

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