Barbara J. (Johnson) Ray

Born: Wed., Sep. 15, 1926
Died: Wed., Jul. 3, 2019


2:00 PM to 5:00 PM, Sat., Jul. 06, 2019
Location: N. William St. Location

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Mon., Jul. 08, 2019
Location: N. William St. Location

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Barbara J. Ray

September 15, 1926 – July 3, 2019

Barbara J. Ray, 92, of South Bend died at 8:26 a.m. Wednesday, July 3rd in her residence following a lengthy illness. Mrs. Ray was born September 15, 1926 in South Bend to the late Alice F. (Ribble) and J. Oscar Johnson and was a lifetime area resident. On May 23, 1947 in South Bend as Barbara Johnson she married Charles W. Ray who preceded her in death in 2010. She was also preceded in death by her brother, Robert Johnson. She is survived by her daughters, Kathryn A. LaMarche of South Bend and Susan E. Ritchie (Dale) of Marsellus, MI; four grandchildren, Erin Maure (Hannah), Noelle Maure, Ryan Maure (Jennifer), and Heather Newman; and seven great-grandchildren, Paxton, Eric, Morgan, Madison, Mariah, Ellie, and Owen.

Barbara was a member of the former Progress Club. She was also a member of a bridge club for many years and enjoyed Wednesday morning breakfasts with her friends, working puzzles and watching Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy. The family would like to extend their most heartfelt thank you to Heart to Heart Hospice and Senior One Care for their wonderful care of Barbara through her illness.

Funeral services to celebrate Barbara’s life will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, July 8th in the Welsheimer Family Funeral Home, 521 N. William St. Committal services and burial will follow in Highland Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 2 until 5 p.m. TODAY, July 6th in the funeral home.

Memorial contributions in Barbara’s name may be made to Heart to Heart Hospice, 620 W. Edison Rd., Mishawaka, IN, 46545, Senior One Care, 3131 Grape Rd., Mishawaka, IN, 46545 or the charity of the donor’s choice. Family and friends may leave email condolences at

Charitable donations may be made in Barbara's memory to the following organizations:

Donors choice.

Heart to Heart Hospice,
620 W. Edison Rd., Mishawaka, IN 46545

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