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Mary Helen Butler Ray

Mary Helen Butler Ray, 92, of Tampa, Florida funeral service is 2:00 pm, Monday, April 17, 2017 at Florida National Cemetery, 6502 SW 102nd Avenue, Bushnell, Florida with the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10209 and the United States Navy Military Honor Guard, to officiate. The family will receive friends at the cemetery from 1:30 pm until the service time.


A native of Chattanooga, Tennessee and a local resident since 1965, when she moved here from Warren Robbins, Georgia. Mary was a home maker, a Baptist and a member of the US Navy serving during World War II.  She was discharged as a Seaman 2nd Class and was awarded the Victory Medal and the American Theater Medal.

She is survived by her son, Ronald W. Ray of Tampa, Florida; a daughter, Brenda Moody of St. Petersburg Beach, Florida; grandchildren: Amberlea Childs and Janel Rowland and great grandchildren: Trey Rowland and Reece Rowland.


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  • Jerry Marler says:

    Mary Ray was a neighbor and family friend. We moved into her neighborhood in June 1965. Her son, Ron, and daughter, Brenda, went to school together. I feel all of the Rays, including husband, Russell, were like family. Though we haven’t been in contact in several years, the heart never forgets true friends. May God bless the Ray family.

    Jerry Marler

  • Brenda Ray Moody says:

    Mommy I miss you. I called you every day 2 or 3 times, fixed you lunch, watched our soap opera together and anything else you wanted. I will miss our Friday “Mothers Day “. Shopping and lunch. You were the ROCK of our family.. Please proctect up all. Sweet Dreams and give Daddy our LOVE