Richalene Marie "Ricki" Rogers Ray
At her home in Graham and with loved ones by her bedside, Richalene Marie Rogers “Ricki” Ray, 79 peacefully left this earth to be with the angels on Monday, December 30, 2019. Ricki was a wonderful mother, sister, grandmother, and friend. She was an avid gardener who loved life, birdwatching, a good joke, and playing cards. She always had a story to tell and coffee ready to serve.
After serving in the Army, Ricki became a military wife and, as such, was on the move, bearing and raising her children overseas and in several states before settling in North Carolina. She said that raising her children had given her more joy than anything else and was the most important thing she’d ever done. But, raising children isn’t all Ricki did. She retired from Burlington Industries, where she was a transportation clerk. She was an usher at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Graham, a volunteer at Alamance Regional Medical Center, Alamance County Hospice, The Ralph Scott Life Services Senior Center, and Alamance County Meals on Wheels, which became of great service to her in her final months.
Ricki grew up in Newark, Ohio, but was born in River Rouge, Michigan, on December 4, 1940, to Richard William Rogers and Agnes Nadolson Rogers. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband, Luther A. “Luke” Ray. She is survived by her sister, Martha Trumpore (Norman), her brother Robert Rogers (Joanne), sister-in-law Sadie Carter, her daughters Kim Teich (Henry), Debra Farmer (Robbie), Karen Harrison (Toby). Grandchildren Danielle, Joshua Luke, Baylei, Hailey, Grace, Alice, and Margaret, nieces, and nephew Cindy, Holly, Jodie, Jennifer, and Scott, and her dear friend Barbara Beaver. Ricki’s family is so grateful for the support and love of many people during her illness with cancer, including Claire “Twink” Brooks, Susie Proctor-Farmer, and the wonderful caregivers at Liberty Hospice, especially Veronica Clark, Rev. Greg Bouck, and Bramley Reynolds.
On Saturday, January 4, there will be a 10 a.m. visitation in the St. Francis Room of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Graham, followed by an 11 a.m. memorial service in the sanctuary. Burial will follow immediately at Graham Memorial Park.
If you would like to make a donation in Ricki’s memory please do so to the agency of your choice or Blessed Sacrament Catholiic Church, Liberty Hospice of Burlington or Alamance County Meals on Wheels.
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