Julia Victoria Ray

Born in Hattiesburg, MS on May 25, 1948

Departed on October 2, 2018 and resided in Aurora, CO

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Julia Victoria Ray aka Vickie Ray age 70, passed away October 2nd, 2018 at 9:20 AM at the Denver Hospice facility in Denver CO surrounded by her loving family and the incredibly compassionate staff. She was born May 25th, 1948 in Hattiesburg MS to the late Chester Hilton and Dora LaNell Erwin. She and her late sister, Rebecca “Becky” Ann, grew up together in Hattiesburg in a very loving home. Vickie had a beautiful voice and she often sang at events and in a band in her teenage years. She met her one true love Leland Martin Ray in Hattiesburg and married on November 19th, 1967. They moved to Texas to raise a family and in 1980, she began to work for Bechtel Corporation as a Traffic & Logistics Administrator. It was there, she made some of the most lasting friendships of her life. She retired October 30th, in the year 2000 and got to spend the next 4 years enjoying golf and relaxing with her husband. Sadly he passed in 2004 and she decided to join her daughter and son-in-law in Colorado in 2006. A few years later her loving son and his family moved up to Colorado as well to be closer to her. She moved in with her daughter and son-in-law in June 2018 for ease and care. Left to honor her are her two children Amy Shippey and Randy Ray, son-in-law Bryan Shippey, daughter-in-law Nicole Ray, her 2 grandchildren Abigail and Olivia Ray, her niece Dena Ryan, her nephew Reid Robbins, her furry child Asa the cat, her furry grandchildren Baxter Shippey, Batmanuel “Manny” Shippey and Paisley Ray, and countless other friends and family.

If you would like to make a memorial contribution in lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Denver Hospice at https://thedenverhospice.org/get-involved/giving/donation/, the Colorado Humane Society and SPCA at https://coloradohumane.org/donate/, or the Rocky Mountain Chapter of Leukemia and Lymphoma Society at https://donate.lls.org  as these meant a great deal to Vickie.

There will be two memorial services to honor Vickie. The first will be in Brighton CO on Sunday, October 21st, 2018 from 3 PM to 5 PM at the Barr Lake Visitor Center located at 13401 Picadilly Rd, Brighton CO 80603. When you arrive at the check-in gate, please tell the ranger you are with the Ray Memorial Service. You will not need to pay for park entry. The second will be in Winnie TX on Saturday, November 3rd, 2018 at the First United Methodist Church, 117 Freeman St, Winnie, Texas 77665 at 11:30 AM.

Guestbook Entries

  1. Cecily Mathis :

    Vickie was one true southern lady that will be greatly missed. She always had a smile and was beautiful inside and out. As one of her many work friends, she makes me smile every time I think of her, we worked hard but we also had time for lots of laughs. My life was made much richer with Vickie in it. I know Leland was glad to see her as well as family and friends who went home before her. Love to the family.

  2. Vickie was truly one beautiful soul. She was such a genuine person and I feel honored to have known her. She will be missed by everyone who knew her. ❤️

  3. Deb Stanowski :

    Vickie was one of the sweetest individuals I have ever met. We worked together for many years at Bechtel. So many memories and fun times with Vickie and Leland. Rest in Peace with the love of your life. I will miss our FB chats my friend.

  4. Helen Johnson :

    Vickie was a very sweet person. I worked at Bechtel and enjoyed talking and having fun times with Vickie and Leland. May she Rest In Peace now with the true love of her life. Prayers for you Amy, Randy and family.

  5. Martha Williamson :

    Amy & Randy, I am so sorry for your loss. Your MOM was the best!! If was privileged to know her, be friends with her and also work with her and your Dad. You and your family are in my prayers.


  6. I am so glad I was able to visit one last time in August. Your spirit and love will be missed but you have passed it on to your loving daughter. Vickie I will miss you dear sweet friend.

  7. Lance Tidwell :

    Randy and Amy,

    We are so sorry to hear of the passing of your mother! Vickie was like a second mother to me. I have such great memories with our parents in Alief at AYA football games and baseball games and then on to High School at Alief Hastings. Your mother loved you and Amy very much. Your mum is rejoicing with your Dad and I would imagine Don and Donna right now. We are here for you if you need anything.

    With much love,

    Lance & Margo Tidwell

  8. Amy and Bryan,
    Randy and Family,

    Your Mom will be greatly missed. May her sweet memories comfort you.

    Love and prayers,

    Bill and DiAnne Shippey

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