Pluma Ray, a resident of the Lenox Care Center since 1982, died Thursday at
the age of 75.
Pluma Lee Ray, eldest daughter of Louella Sellers and William Ray was born
September 25, 1898 on a farm west of Clearfield, Iowa and passed away May 30,
1974 at the age of 75 years, 8 months and 5 days.
Pluma came to Lenox in 1937 at 29 years of age and made her home with an aunt
Una Sellers McGrew and lived there until June 1956. She was a member of the
United Methodist Church of Lenox.
Pluma survived polio at the age of 11 years and thereafter and until her death
was a "wheelchair traveler" most of the time. There were many things and
places to enjoy and she learned to drive a hand operated car for a time.
She came to the Lenox Nursing home April 2, 1962, after being a welcome guest
with her sister, Florence Symonds of Lenox and a few years assembling western
ties for a friend, Dorothy DeVoe in Phoenix, Arizona.
Her parents and two brothers, Harold of Anita and Forrest of Albert City
preceded her in death.
She leaves to mourn her passing her sister, Florence Symonds of the Lenox
Nursing Home, 2 sisters-in-law, Yarda Ray of Albert City and Carrie Ray of
Anita and several nieces and
nephews, Darlene Rich of Cedar Rapids, Dean Symonds of Davenport, Dorothy
Baker of Clearfield and Tom of Omaha, Nebr, Albert Nivens of Liberia, Africa
and Kathleen and Roberta and her great nieces and nephews.
Pluma was always a cheerful, happy and loving person, never forgot a birthday
and was a friend to all. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved
Funeral services were conducted Saturday, June 1 from the Larkin-Bender
Funeral Home in Lenox with Rev. Floyd Newbrough, pastor of the United
Methodist Church, officiating.
Music was furnished toy Marcia Bender, organist, with Marilyn Beck and Billie
Jean Barker vocalists.
Bearers were Dean Symonds, Tom Symonds, Morris Rich, Gerald Baker, Jerry Baker
and Everett Symonds.
Burial was in the Clearfield cemetery.
Transcription and Submission by Lorelei Rusco, February of 2014