Bernell J. Ray

Mar 24, 1923 - Mar 3, 2014

Bernell J. Ray 90, of Sandusky, affectionately known as the lady with the blue hair, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, March 3, 2014, in Stein Hospice Care Center, after a brief illness.

She was born March 24, 1923, in Sandusky. In 1959 she received her LPN license from Sandusky School of Practical Nursing, which was the first class to graduate from that school.

She accepted Christ at an early age, and was a lifelong member of Ebenezer Baptist Church, where she was a member of the choir, Busy Bees, and the Nurses Guild. Bernell was known as Florence Nightingale, because she took care of many that were sick and shut-in. She just could not say no to anyone in need.

She retired from Ford Motor Co., Sandusky, in 2000, at the age of 76. Bernell was also employed by Philco, and as a nurse for Good Samaritan Hospital.

She leaves to cherish her memories, daughter, Louise Cunningham and sons, Jerry C. Stovall and Thomas S. Stovall, all of Sandusky; 28 grandchildren; 51 great-grandchildren; 40 great-great-grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and special friends, Mildred Gant and Janet Croom, along with many other friends.

She was preceded in death by her sons, Ronald Stovall and Alvin Stovall; great-grandson, Marquon Stovall; special aunt, Ella Jackson; parents, George and Lena (King) Wilson; sisters, Louise Wilson, Lena Barton, Naomi Seavers, Harnetha Alexander, and Ruth Wilson; brothers, Cornelius Wilson, Clarence Wilson, and Charles Wilson.

The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. Saturday, March 8, until funeral services at 1 p.m. at Ebenezer Baptist Church, 1215 Pierce St., Sandusky. The Rev. Clayton E. Howard will officiate. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery. 

Toft Funeral Home & Crematory, 2001 Columbus Ave., Sandusky, is handling arrangements. Condolences and gifts of sympathy may be made to the family by visiting