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FAIRBURY - Irma Irene Ray, 77, Fairbury, died at 7:28 a.m. Tuesday (June 5, 2007) at Fairview Haven Nursing Home, Fairbury.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Hosselton Funeral Home, Cisne, with interment at Cisne Cemetery. Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury, and 10 to 10:45 a.m. Saturday at Hosselton Funeral Home, Cisne.

Mrs. Ray was born Jan. 25, 1930, at Summit Township, Effingham County, the daughter of Emanuel and Lorena Ann Homan Knierim. She married Ralph Lowell Ray on Jan. 31, 1948, at Carmi. He died July 12, 1986.

Surviving are two daughters, Lorena Ann (Charles) Phelps, Holcomb, and Christena Jo (Carl) Ross, Danvers; three sons, Roy Owen (Pauline) Ray, Pontiac; Steven Allen (Beth) Ray, Emington; and Larry Gene (Betty) Ray, Fairbury. Also surviving is one sister, Laura Baker, Effingham; 12 grandchildren; nine stepgrandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and 21 stepgreat-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by four brothers, three sisters and two great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Ray was a 1948 graduate of Effingham High School. She was a homemaker who had been employed at Nichols Homeshield, Chatsworth; Motorola/Quasar, Pontiac; CTS of Fairbury; and later the Fairbury Dress Factory. She also volunteered at OSF Hospice, Pontiac. She was a member of the Church of Christ, Fairbury.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials be given to the OSF Hospice, Pontiac; and the Church of Christ or Fairview Haven Nursing Home, both of Fairbury.

Online condolences and a guest registry are available at duffypilsmemorialhome.com .

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