Stephanie Vanessa Ray

Stephanie Vanessa Ray, age 52, passed away on Thursday, December 13, 2018.  Stephanie worked at LaPetite Academy for many years and was passionate about the children.  Her smile and kind heart radiated and lit up any room.  She is predeceased by her mother Hedy LaMarr Jones; and grandparents, William and Rosetta Lewis.  Stephanie is survived by her father, Donald Lee Jones; sister, Erica Hudson (Alfonso); brothers, Scott Ray and Kevin Ray;nieces, Ebonie Hudson, Caitlyn Hudson and Sydney Ray; nephews, Christopher Major, Garrett Hudson and Sheldon Ray; great nephews, Kaden Hudson and Marion McDonald; great nieces, Madisyn Hudson, M’Aliyah McDonald and Karmyn Anderson;and a host of family and friends. A memorial service will be held in the chapel of Charter Funeral Home on Monday, December 17, 2018 at 12:00 p.m.


  1. DaJa Todd on December 15, 2018 at 12:43 am

    RIP sweet lady!!

  2. Paul Opdyke on December 15, 2018 at 11:52 am

    RIP Sweetheart. I love you

  3. Natasha Howard on December 15, 2018 at 11:36 pm

    Sister, you will be missed. I never met you, but we shared the Bible,prayers and held one another up on Women of the Word.
    You will be Missed

  4. Darlene Gregor on December 16, 2018 at 5:25 am

    R.I.P my friend and rejoice with the angels, til we meet again, I love you!

  5. Carol Ray on December 17, 2018 at 12:54 pm

    God bless your soul and rest well. I know your Mother Lamarr and your Father Luther Ray welcomed you home. Much love Aunt Carol Ray Akron Ohio.

  6. Yolanda Ray on December 17, 2018 at 5:45 pm

    I will miss our conversations and how you would make me laugh. Rest easy until we meet again.

  7. Carol Ray on December 17, 2018 at 5:47 pm

    Stephanie also have her Grandparents Luther and Opal Ray of Akron Ohio who dearly love her to welcome her to Heaven. To God be the Glory.

  8. Meredith Reese on December 17, 2018 at 5:50 pm

    I cannot say goodbye, because we WILL meet again. I love you, dear twin!

  9. Terrie Logan on December 17, 2018 at 7:12 pm

    Rest with Jesus, Cousin Stephanie. I’m sure that your mother Lamarr, father Luther Ray and Grandma and Grandaddy Ray are all rejoicing at your reunion! I’m praying for the family peace and comfort in Christ.
    Love Cousin Terrie Ray Logan

  10. Tracy Ray Cox on December 17, 2018 at 8:17 pm

    So saddened to hear the news you left this earth so early. Will miss exchanging cards with you every Christmas and Dennis will miss the Alabama football talks. Praying for Scott, Erica and their families . I know this is extremely hard for them. All the Rays in Ohio love you all very much.
    Dennis and Tracy( Ray )Cox

  11. Ann Siggers on December 18, 2018 at 11:46 am

    I will miss you, Friend. Thank you for sharing your beautiful and loving spirit with me. Your friendship was priceless and I am going to miss you until the day we have reunited again in Heaven. Every time I look at Kenji all I hear is you calling my cat Fat Daddy!!! Love you always.

  12. Donna Fluty on December 18, 2018 at 3:22 pm

    Rest with the angels sweet lady. I enjoyed our phone conversations although we never met in person but shared a love for coloring and a passion for children. Til we meet again.

  13. Paula yokes gunsolus on December 18, 2018 at 10:21 pm

    See you when I get there, Rest and rejoice with the Lord. I love you, dear old friend. Always.

  14. Linda Walker on December 22, 2018 at 2:02 pm

    I am very sorry about the loss of your loved one. Nothing is more heartbreaking or stressful than to lose someone you love in death. Our loving Heavenly Father promises to resurrect our dead loved ones and will bring our dead loved ones back to us soon. Yes, Jehovah God will end suffering and death forever! Revelation 21:3,4, John 5:28,29 and Isaiah 25:8. A comforting magazine, “Help For Those Who Grieve,” can be downloaded at no cost on ( It has brought comfort to many people, and I hope that you will find comfort as well.