Betty Jane (Mills) Ray

Dec 23, 1927 - Oct 3, 2012


Betty Jane (Mills) Ray, of Hopkins, Minn., died Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012.

She was born Dec. 23, 1927, in Oakfield, N.Y., to Claude and Harriett (Smart) Mills. They moved to northern Ohio in the Lakeside-Marblehead area (Port Clinton) near Lake Erie.

Betty attended college and became a registered nurse. She worked for several years in the area, caring for her patients as well as for her father after her mother passed away. 

She married Dale Reitz and had two boys, Douglas and Dennis.  

In 1965 she married Alton Ray and lived in Bellevue. When the opportunity arose for a career move to Minneapolis in 1972, they took the leap and moved. After that time, Betty worked full-time as an office assistant for Alton’s sales office, and helped to build the territory’s revenue. 

She found time to join a bowling league and had many years of fun and success. She also took a ceramics class, and some painting classes – where she discovered that she enjoyed painting landscapes, the family dog and even a panoramic pastoral mural on the wall of the billiards room.

Betty was known to all as a very friendly and caring person, and had beautiful blue eyes and smiled easily.

She was preceded in death by her son, Doug; parents; brothers, Jim and Bob; as well as sisters, Edith and Kay.

She is survived by her husband, Alton; her son, Denny; and her sister, Carole (David) Nissen; as well as stepchildren, Renee (Ray) Roth, Gale (Ray) Johnson and Scott Ray; and nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren are living in various parts of the country from east to west coast.

Memorials may be sent to Hospice of the Twin Cities or the American Heart Association.

Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, at David Lee Funeral Home, 1220 E. Wayzata Blvd., Wayzata, Minn., with visitation one hour prior to the service.