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Gerline “Gerri” Lea Ray
July 10, 1939-April 19, 2024
Gerline “Gerri”  Lea Ray obit

Gerline “Gerri” Lea Ray, of Ripon, California, passed away peacefully in her home  on Friday, April 19, 2024.  She was reunited with her husband of 63 years  Kenneth Ray, who passed in July of 2021 and her daughter, Sherri Whitaker, who passed in October 2001.  She was born in Arkansas on July 10, 1939 to George and Bonnie Davis of Arkansas and lived a fulfilling life of 84 years. 

   She enjoyed time with family, traveling, gardening, sewing, camping, bowling, baseball,  and she most loved genealogy.  She spent countless hours researching and documenting family history and inspiring family to do the same. 

   Dearly beloved mother of Sherri Whitaker, Kelley O’Dea, and son-in law, Chris O’Dea; beloved grandmother to Michael Whitaker, Christopher O’Dea, Daniel O’Dea, Matthew O’Dea, and Kenneth Whitaker. One of five children born to George and Bonnie Davis, she is survived by her brother Larry Allen Davis. She was a wonderful sister and is now with her other siblings, Shirley Coursey, Roy Davis, and George Davis, Jr., along with her brother-in-law, Junior Coursey.  She was the beloved aunt of Tammy and Craig Miller and family, Robin Coursey and family, Ron and Mary Coursey and family, Randy and Tammy Coursey and family, Larry and Wendy Davis and family, David and Dora Davis and family, Michelle Davis and family, Renee Roberts and family, Michael Edward Seibert and family, Amber Davis and family, Patricia Ray and family, Ellen Ray and family, and Rudy Ray and family.  Gerri had many very close friends including Debbie Swint and Joanne Morris.  She will be remembered by all of those who were lucky enough to know her and feel her love, and she will be missed dearly. 

<*J>Manteca (Calif.) Bulletin

Wednesday, May 15, 2024