Helen Ray

Helen Ray

May 27, 1939 February 17, 2021

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Obituary for Helen M. Ray

Helen M. Ray, 81, of Exeter passed away in her home on Feb. 17, 2021, in the company of her husband and daughters.

Helen was predeceased by three sons and one daughter: Michael Patrick Barlow, Mark Ray, Todd Ray, and Wendy Giordano, respectively. She is survived by her husband Bud Ray; children: Michele (Michael Lill); Bruce Ray(Teri); Deanna (John Reber); and Colleen (Michael Vallonio); and Albert Ray.

Helen was a lifelong homemaker and mother. She loved creating delicious meals for her family, decorating and redecorating her home and tackling the daily crossword puzzle. In addition to raising nine children, she is survived by eighteen grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren. Helen was especially proud to have cared for nine special needs foster children throughout her lifetime.

Visitors will be welcomed Monday, February 22, 2021 at 12:00 with a service to begin at 1:00 pm at Kuhn Funeral Home in West Reading. Interment will follow in the Forest Hills Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Helen’s memory.

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Service Details

  • Visitation

    February 22, 2021 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    Edward J. Kuhn Funeral Home, Inc.
    739 Penn Avenue
    West Reading, PA
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email |
    February 22, 2021
    12:00pm - 1:00pm
  • Service

    February 22, 2021 | 1:00pm
    Edward J. Kuhn Funeral Home, Inc.
    739 Penn Avenue
    West Reading, PA
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email |
    February 22, 2021
    Rev. E. Michael Camilli
  • Interment

    February 22, 2021 | 2:00pm
    Forest Hills Memorial Park
    391 W. Neversink Road
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email |
    February 22, 2021

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James Leinbach

Bud and family, please accept our sincere condolences with your loss of Helen. I so enjoyed seeing both of you in my shop. She was a lovely lady and I loved talking with her. please find comfort in knowing others are thinking of you at this difficult time. Sincerely, Jim Leinbach
Comment | Posted at 09:43am via Condolence

Dan Tobias

Bud, Albert and the rest of the family,
May God comfort you at this time of loss. I will miss all of the fun conversations.
Prayers and Blessings
Dan Tobias
Comment | Posted at 12:55pm via Condolence

Barbara Stinson

Bud and Family; We were so sorry to hear of Helen's passing; she was an extraordinary person. We are sending our heartfelt condolences and thoughts and prayers to all of you. Relish the memories which will help ease the pain of grief.
Larry and Barb Stinson (neighbors from Whispering Pines)
Comment | Posted at 09:40am via Condolence

Yvonne Rosenbaum

Dear Ray Family, We are so sorry for your loss. As one of the first neighbors we met when we moved into Whispering Pines, we always enjoyed Bud and Helen at our get togethers. Rest in peace Helen, and Bud and Family - we are thinking of you. Chris & Yvonne Rosenbaum
Comment | Posted at 10:03am via Condolence

Sheila Henry

We are very sorry to lose such a good woman, so caring and giving. We are fortunate that we knew her as neighbors. She was the first person I met moving into the neighborhood, helping me with the Catholic schools. God bless you. Sheila and Walter Henry
Comment | Posted at 07:37am via Condolence

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