Louise "Toots" Ray, formerly of Georgetown Road, Sandy Lake, and Lakeview Manor, Stoneboro, passed away at 6:26 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017, in Countryside Convalescent Home, Mercer, after a brief illness.
Toots was born March 17, 1919, on the farm below McQuiston's Corners, Sheakleyville, to William H. and Louise Rau Fletcher Sr.
She attended the former Williams Country School.
Toots married Robert F. Ray on Oct. 23, 1941, and they lived with Victor and Ellen (Toot's sister) Drew, then moved to New Vernon Township in 1943. She had worked at the Keystone Ordinance Works and Talon of Meadville. She also helped Bob in their television repair business. They had a son, Kip Ray, born in 1958; he died in 1993 of leukemia. In 1970, Bob and Bill North opened B and B Marine Supply, and Toots helped in that venture. In 1989, Bob, Kip and Toots took over the business.
Toots, Bob and Kip loved to water ski at Stoneboro Lake and Conneaut Lake, and traveled to Canada many summers to boat, ski and fish. They often took nephew Edwin Symons and niece Janet Drew North with them. They also enjoyed snowmobiling, riding motorcycles, bowling, dancing and partying. Bob passed away March 7, 2000, and Toots moved to the Lakeview Manor.
Toots is survived by a niece, Janet L. (Drew) North (Ellen's daughter), and several other nieces and nephews.
Along with her husband and son, Toots was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Ellen F. Drew and Katherine "Kate" Symons Kelly; brothers, William H. Fletcher Jr., Thomas E. Fletcher, John "Jack" Fletcher; and a nephew, Edwin M. Symons, who lived with them after Kate passed.
Louise, 98, of Mercer.
Calling hours: 2 to 5 p.m. Friday (12-1-17) in the SCOTT A. BLACK FUNERAL HOME, 99 Franklin St., Stoneboro.
Service: Funeral at 5 p.m. Friday (12-1-17) in the funeral home, with the Rev. Philip H. Chalfant, retired, officiating.
Interment: Mt. Hope Cemetery, New Vernon Township.
Published on November 29, 2017