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Lanetta “Shorty” Sue Ray

Lanetta “Shorty” Sue Ray, age 58, of Shell Knob, Missouri, passed away at her home on Friday, January 31, 2020. Mrs. Ray, daughter of John and Freda (Fletcher) Suttles, was born on September 23, 1961, in Aurora, Missouri. She was a 1979 Cassville High School graduate. On July 29, 1978, she was united in marriage to Ricky Ray at Victory Church in McDowell.


Lanetta Ray

Mrs. Ray worked for Vollenweider Orchards in Exeter and subsequently went on to work for the Shell Knob School district, where she greeted many children with her warm smile serving lunches. She was known at the Farmer’s Market for her wide variety of vegetables and would also volunteer her time at the United Methodist Church to help with the food pantry and help during vacation Bible school by teaching crafts. Lanetta was never seen without her crochet needle and ball of yarn; she has made several blankets for her family and friends that will always be treasured.


She was a loving and caring woman with a heart of gold who always put other’s needs before her own. Lanetta loved spending time with her children and grandchildren, all of whom she was very proud of. She also enjoyed the outdoors, cooking and was very talented at crafts. Lanetta touched so many lives in her short time here and was loved by so many; she will be greatly missed.


Survivors include her husband of forty-one years, Ricky Ray, of Shell Knob; three sons, Rick Ray and his wife Rachel, of Carr Lane, Josh Ray and his wife Telisha, of Springfield, and Brian Ray and his wife Tanja, of Pea Ridge, Arkansas; eight grandchildren, Ryan, Roman, Andrew, Tiana, Nymeria, Brooke, Connor, and Mason; her father, John Suttles, of Aurora; one brother, Jeremy Suttles, of Michigan; two sisters, Diana Sapiens and her husband Tony and Debra Lane, all of Aurora; and several nieces and nephews.


Lanetta was preceded in death by her mother; her twin sister, Janetta Gregory; and her cousin, Gloria “Sharlene” Gilliam, whom she was very close to and was like a sister to her.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 4, 2020, at the White Funeral Home and Crematory, Cassville, with Pastor Lonnie Stockton officiating; burial to follow at King Cemetery in Jenkins.


The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Monday, February 3, at the funeral home.


Memorial contributions may be made to the United Methodist Church Food Pantry in Shell Knob and entrusted to the White Funeral Home and Crematory, P.O. Box 890, Cassville, MO 65625.


Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the White Funeral Home and Crematory, Cassville, Missouri. Please visit www.whitefuneralhome.org for online condolences.

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