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Vera Ray

September 21, 1930 — December 20, 2020

Vera Ray

EAST PEORIA – Vera M. Ray, 90, of East Peoria, passed away on Sunday, December 20, 2020, at Hallmark House Nursing Center in Pekin.

She was born on September 21, 1930 in Christopher, Ill., to Levi and Nina (Harris) Park. She married Charles J. Ray in Christopher, Ill., on May 3, 1951. He preceded her in death on November 2, 2019. She was also preceded in death by one son, Steve Ray; one grandson, Joseph Wagner; three brothers; and three sisters.

Surviving are one daughter, Gail Wagner (Randy Barnard) of Morton; one son, William Ray of Morton; four grandchildren, Michelle (Donald) Tovrea, Jason Wagner, William R. Ray, and Nichole Gumm; 11 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and one brother, Hal Park.

Vera was a past member of New Life Christian Church and also a past member of East Peoria Women’s Club.

A private funeral service will be held at Knapp-Johnson Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Morton. Burial will be at Roberts Cemetery in Morton.

Memorials may be made to Hospice Compassus.

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Knapp-Johnson Funeral Home and Cremation Center

140 S. Detroit Ave., Morton, IL 61550

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