Eleanor F. Ray, 89, of Dubuque, died June 10, 2019, at Stonehill Care Center.
Funeral services will be held Friday, June 14, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, with Rev. Charles Layton officiating. Visitation will be held from 3 to 8 p.m. today at Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road, and from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Friday at church.
Eleanor was born on September 12, 1929, in Dubuque, the daughter of Donald and Dorothy (Trewin) Huntoon. She married Charles C. Ray Jr. on May 20, 1950, in Mt. Carroll, Illinois. Charles preceded her in death on May 1, 1987, after a courageous battle with cancer.
Eleanor attended Rockford College before transferring to the University of Dubuque, where she graduated with a degree in Education in 1964. She went on to teach second through fifth grade at Table Mound Elementary School for 29 years before retiring.
Eleanor owned Fenelon Place Elevator, which has been handed down throughout her family since 1912.
She stayed active in the Dubuque community, belonging to many groups, including to PEO IP Chapter, the DAR Julien Dubuque Chapter, the Clio Club, St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, the Dubuque Retired Teachers Organization and the AAUW.
Eleanor loved to spend her free time reading an array of different books, but she mostly loved children’s literature. She also loved traveling with her family to Utah, Alaska, Paris and family weddings all over the country.
She is survived by her daughters, Amy (Steven) Schadle, of Dubuque, Cynthia Rowland, of Yigo, Guam, Barbara Ray, of Dubuque, Daphne (James) Loecke, of Manchester, IA; grandchildren, Elizabeth (Randall) Lester, of Dubuque, Christopher Rowland, of Yigo, Guam, Toby (Nash) Perkins, of Clarksburg, Maryland, Jamey (Alisa) Decker, of Gilbert, AZ, Allison (Ryan) Peck, of Mt. Pleasant, SC, Rachel Loecke, of Huntington Beach, CA; sisters-in-law, Jane Ray, of Springfield, VA, and Sarah Schwarcz, of Libertyville, IL; nephew, Ivan (Susan) Huntoon, of Kansas City, Mo; niece, Susan (Duane) Watts, of Oklahoma. She is also survived by eight great-grandchildren and eight nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Clifton Huntoon; her sister, Helen Henderson; three brothers-in-law, Beecher Henderson, James Ray and Otto Schwarcz.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Dubuque or St. Luke’s United Methodist Church.
The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque, Dr. Cao, UnityPoint Finley Hospital 5th floor staff, and Stonehill Care Center for their compassion and care for mother.