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Nell Ray Carlton
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Birth: Jan. 27, 1891
Death: Feb. 18, 1982

Wife of Florida Gov. Doyle Carlton

Nell, daughter of Edward Dennis Ray and Mary Ellen (Smith) Ray was born in Meridian, Mississippi and had come to Tampa with her family in 1899. A graduate of Hillsborough High School, Nell attended Stetson University where she met Doyle Carlton while he was recruiting for his alma mater. At Tampa on July 30, 1912, they married. While he was serving as governor, Mrs. Carlton was known as a gracious first lady and hostess.

Mrs. Carlton was a major contributor to the cultural, religious and intellectual life of Tampa. An accomplished pianist, she was a longstanding member of the Friday Morning Musicale, of which she was an honorary president. During World War 11, she was instrumental in organizing the Junior Red Cross in Hillsborough County schools. She was known for the book reviews she gave to social and church groups. A member of the First Baptist Church of Tampa, she was a teacher of the Gleaners' class and she organized the church's Hostesses Program, which served meals for civic and church groups.

Issue of Governor Doyle Elam and Nell Ray Carlton:

1. Martha Katharine Carlton, born October 16, 1914, Tampa; died 9 January 2008, Tampa, Fla.; married in Tampa on June 3, 1937 David Elmer Ward, son of David Thomas and Mary Ethel (Johnson) Ward.

Martha Carlton Ward
2. Mary Ellen Carlton, born March 19, 1920, Tampa; died July 9, 1985, Tallahassee, Fla.; married Dr. William Jones Ott, son of William J. Ott and Marguerite (Alexander) Ott.

3. Doyle Elam Carlton, Jr., born July 4, 1922, Tampa; died May 10, 2003, Wauchula, Fla.; married on November 27, 1943 at Tampa, Fla. Mildred Woodbery, daughter of Daniel Hoyt Woodbery and Elizabeth (Johnstone) Woodbery.

Family links: 
  Doyle E. Carlton (1887 - 1972)*
  Martha Katharine Carlton Ward (1914 - 2008)*
  Doyle Elam Carlton (1922 - 2003)*
*Calculated relationship
Myrtle Hill Memorial Park
Hillsborough County
Florida, USA
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Record added: Oct 28, 2008
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Nell <i>Ray</i> Carlton
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