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Memorial for Mary Louise Ray

Born in Cherokee, Iowa on Mar. 8, 1935
Departed on Oct. 9, 2019 and resided in Albany, Oregon.
Service: Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019
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Mary Louise Ray was born to William H. Bowker and Jeanne E. (Downey) Bowker on March 8, 1935 in Cherokee, Iowa. She was one of four children raised by the Bowker’s. At the age of ten Mary and her family moved from Iowa to California.

After graduating from Roswell High School and living in El Paso TX, she returned to California.
Mary continued her education in several places including Rancho Santiago, CA; USC in Los Angeles, CA; Lewis and Clark College in Portland; and Linn Benton CC in Albany.

Mary worked as a medical professional for over 50 years. She started her career at a family practice in California before going on to work for Dr. William Fisher in Portland, OR and Dr. William Endicott in Albany. She moved to California and worked at an Orthopedic Surgery office. Mary retired briefly and then went for Dr. Jan Frost office in Corvallis.

Mary volunteered in her community throughout her life. She was a member of the Federated Women’s Club and started the clothing center in Lebanon. She was an active volunteer for Donate Life, where she become the Samaritan Volunteer of the year. She spent many years teaching students in schools about the importance of becoming an organ donor. She supplied The Albany Hospice House with Memorial Candles. She was also an member of the United Presbyterian Church where she was a Deacon.

Mary is survived by her son Jim Ray and D’Ann Eakin of Las Vegas, Nevada; her half-brothers
Donald Bowker of Eugene, and Eugene Bowker of Seattle; her sister Roberta (Miles) Hokuf of California; three grandchildren, Cory, Bryan, and Kyle; and two nieces and two nephews. She is preceded in death by both of her parents, and her son, William (Bill) Carl Ray.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00am on Thursday, October 17, 2019 at The United Presbyterian Church in Albany. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Mary’s honor to SafeHaven Humane Society or Donate Life America in care of Fisher Funeral Home, 306 Washington Street SW, Albany, OR 97321.

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