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Juanita Maryette Duesler Ray
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Birth: Jan. 27, 1917
Creek County
Oklahoma, USA
Death: Nov. 1, 2014
Grady County
Oklahoma, USA

FATHER: Floyd Orwin Duesler 1883-1966
MOTHER: Sylvia Louella Speaker 1888-1977
HUSBAND: George Hendrix Ray II 1916-1998
MARRIED: Jan. 5, 1936, Chickasaw, OK
* Kenneth Wayne Ray 1937-2013
* Barbara Jan Hawkins 1939-2008
* Jerry Scott Ray 1944
* George Hendrix Ray III 1947

Juanita Maryette Duesler: Second child of Floyd & Sylvia. Born in Shamrock, OK and reared in Cement where she was a member of a 1932 national champion girls basketball team. Attended Oklahoma College for Women in Chickasaw from 1933 to 1937. George born in Cement, OK. Married in Chickasaw, OK and where children were born. She was a homemaker. George worked in the oil service business and then became an oil producer and retired about 1993. Celebrated 50th Wedding Anniversary in 1986. George died at age 82 in 1998 and is buried at Rose Hill Cemetery in Chickasaw. Juanita continues to live at S. 12 St. in Chickasaw for over 45 years.
Juanita Marietta (Duesler) Ray was born January 27, 1917 in Shamrock, Oklahoma to Floyd and Sylvia Duesler. She died at her home in Chickasha Saturday, November 1, 2014. She had been in the care of her grandson, Scott Ray, for the last fourteen years.

Juanita grew up in Cement and graduated from Cement High School at the age of sixteen. In her day, Juanita (known as Punk to her friends) was an all-state basketball player, who led her team to the women’s state championship. She was also an accomplished tennis player. After high school, she attended OCW in Chickasha pursuing a degree in Home Economics and Spanish.

Juanita married her high school sweetheart, G.H. Ray II, on January 5, 1936 and they were united in marriage for 62 years. G.H. fondly referred to her as ‘Peaches.’ They had four children, Kenneth Wayne, Barbara Jan, Jerry Scott, and George Hendrix III.

Her love of sports was apparent as she sat in the stands watching every game in which her children participated. Eventually it was her grandchildren whose sports activities she faithfully supported. Mrs. Ray was a member of Word of Life Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, G.H. Ray; daughter Barbara Jan (Ray) Hawkins; son, Kenneth Wayne Ray; brothers, Robert and Richard Duesler; and granddaughters, Jana Hawkins and Tracey Ray.

Survivors include son, Jerry Scott Ray and his wife, Beth, of Skiatook; son, George Hendrix Ray III of Hot Springs, Arkansas; grandson and longtime caregiver, Scott Ray of Chickasha; daughter-in-law, Joyce Ray; grandchildren, Jani Aman, Tony Ray, Diane Bittner, Brian Williams, Gavin Hawkins, Brett Hawkins, Misty Friend, Melonie Ray, Hank Ray, Brian Ray, Shelley Ray, Billy Ray, Rick Ray, and Jenny Ray; friend and caregiver, Brenda Rodgers; and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; as well as extended family and friends. Interment will be in Rose Hill Cemetery under the direction of Ferguson Funeral Home.

Family links: 
  Floyd Orwin Duesler (1883 - 1966)
  Sylvia Louella Speaker Duesler (1888 - 1977)
  George Hendrix Ray (1916 - 1998)
  Juanita Maryette Duesler Ray (1917 - 2014)
  Richard Darwin Duesler (1923 - 1997)*
*Calculated relationship
Rose Hill Cemetery
Grady County
Oklahoma, USA
Plot: Block 1 4A
Maintained by: Jane Duesler Iafelice
Originally Created by: Karen
Record added: Sep 06, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 76100458
Juanita Maryette <i>Duesler</i> Ray
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In memory of the Duesler family history from a distant cousin from Ohio & Wisconsin.
- Jane Duesler Iafelice
 Added: Feb. 27, 2013

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