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Dorothy Karen Ray
  • Pennfield Schools Educational Foundation Fund c/oBattle Creek Community Foundation
    34 West Jackson, Suite 1
    Battle Creek, MI 49017

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“Ralph & Family,My heartfelt condolences to you and your family. May you find comfort in the memories you shared with your Mom. She will always be...Read More »
1 of 6 | Posted by: Kimberly Noe - OH - Coworker

“To Karen's family, I am so sad to hear of her passing. I did her hair for years and really enjoyed our time together. She truly loved her family....Read More »
2 of 6 | Posted by: Marlyn (Back) Castner - Portage, MI

“I am so sad to learn of your mother's passing. Karen was always so helpful with students and other staff at Pennfield. She was creative and dedicated...Read More »
3 of 6 | Posted by: Jean Harvey - Battle Creek, MI

“So profoundly sad to hear of your mom's/grandma's passing. Karen and I worked together for many years. Talking about her children and grandchildren...Read More »
4 of 6 | Posted by: Liz Rivers - Battle Creek, MI

“Dear Ralph, Syddora, Christian and Ray families,I was saddened to hear of your mom/grandma's illness and recent passing. Know that you are in my...Read More »
5 of 6 | Posted by: Jane Kennedy - Sault Sainte Marie, MI

“Ralph, Barbara and Families,My sincere sympathy at the loss of your Mother.My she Rest In Peace.hDynH ”
6 of 6 | Posted by: Trudy Ray - Parma, MI

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Dorothy Karen Ray, age 67, of Battle Creek passed away Wednesday, May 22, 2019. She was born in Battle Creek on January 21, 1952, the daughter of Wylie Marion and Phyllis May (Wright) Tilley. Dorothy graduated from Pennfield High School with the Class of 1970. Her career with Pennfield Schools began in 1984 where she was a noon Supervisor for Purdy Elementary. In 1987, she then became a teacher's aide for Pennfield Central Elementary until she retired in 2016.

Dorothy's interests included scrapbooking, line dancing, and spending countless time at the center of her children's and grandchildren's lives. She was constantly transporting her family to or from an event, attending the events to watch them, or traveling to see them. With the amount of family photographs she liked to take, there was no doubt who her priorities in life were. In recent years, Dorothy had been enjoying extended visits to Duluth, Minnesota to stay with her son and his family.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents and two infant sons, Christopher and Glove Earl Ray. She is survived by her son, Ralph M. (Syddora) Ray of Medina, Ohio; daughter, Barbara M. (Jason) Hill of Battle Creek; grandchildren, Mackenzie, Kalli, Parker, Christian, and Zachary; and several special aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

The family will receive friends 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 28th at Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, 105 Capital Ave. NE Battle Creek, MI 49017, where funeral services to celebrate Dorothy's life will be held 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, May 29th. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Pennfield Schools Educational Foundation Fund c/o the Battle Creek Community Foundation. Personal messages for the family may be placed at