Velma Edith Keeland Ray

Friday, August 29, 2003

VELMA EDITH KEELAND RAY, a resident of Shell Knob, Mo., was born Nov. 5, 1921, in Nauvoo, Mo., a daughter of Walter L. and Alpha Avis (Garrison) Keeland. She died Thursday, Aug. 21, 2003, in Springfield, Mo., at the age of 81.

Mrs. Ray was a homemaker.

On Aug. 30, 1946, she was united in marriage with Gene Ray, who survives her of the home. She is also survived by her son, Bryant Ray of Shell Knob; her daughter, Virginia Gardner; her brother, Carroll Keeland of Berryville; and one granddaughter, Jennifer Gardner of Lowell, Ark.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and one sister, Katherine Keeland.

Graveside services were held Aug. 23, 2003, at the High Cemetery with Rev. David Keith officiating. Interment will be in the High Cemetery under the direction of Nelson Funeral Service. Memorial donations may be made to the St. John's Health System's Neuro Trauma Intensive Care Unit, 1235 Cherokee, Springfield, MO 65804, phone (417) 885-3147.