Lucy was the third child of nine born to Jeff and Everlon Lay Ray. She started her journey on March 30,1938 in a small rural area in Wagoner County. She was baptized at an early age and attended Mount Bethal Baptist Church. Lucy began her education in a one room school called Rock Hill which was run by a man and his wife-the Bracken’s, but continued her education, graduating from Carter G. Woodson High School in Tullahassee, OK. After graduation, she married J.L. Bruner and to this union, one child was born. Later, this union dissolved and Lucy relocated to Kansas City, MO and completed her training as an LPN. She worked many years in the healthcare field before retiring. While in MO, Lucy became a member of Palestine Baptist Church where she worked with many organizations and served as an usher. She also met and married William Burns and became the mother of two step-children. Lucy and her husband enjoyed traveling home and abroad. When her health began to fail, she decided to move back to Oklahoma where she was lovingly cared for by her sister and brother-in-law, Linda and Truman Marshall. Even with failing health and unable to participate, Lucy was determined to get back in church. She was blessed to be able to join Rayfield Baptist Church which she really loved and was always ready to go no matter how bad she felt. THANK YOU RAYFIELD FOR ALL THE LOVE GIVEN TO OUR SISTER, and the joy it gave her just to be a member.
Preceding her in death: her mother and father, Jeff, Sr. and Everlon Ray; two sisters, Everlon Wilson and Pauline a brother, Jeff, Jr. Lucy leaves to cherish her memory: her husband, William Burns of Kansas City, MO; a son, Perry D. (Gwendolyn) Bruner of Muskogee, OK and two step-children, Angela and Michael Burns of Kansas City, MO; two sisters, Doris (Larry) Hytche and Linda (Truman) Marshall of Porter, OK; four brothers, Clifton (Vivian) Ray of Kansas City, MO, Gary (Gayla) Ray of Porter, OK, Larry Ray and family of Muskogee, OK and Eugene Ray of Phoenix, AZ; seven grandchildren, Keri, Perry, Jr., Danielle, Dassie, Demetrius, Dana and William, Jr.; nine great-grandchildren and a special brother-in-law, Harold Jones of Kansas City, MO. LUCY WAS LOVED, UNCONDITIONALLY, BY ALL OF HER NIECES AND NEPHEWS: The Burns’, Hooks’, Hytche’s, Jones’, Marshall’s, McIntosh’s and Ray's.
A Home Going Celebration will be observed, Wednesday, March 12, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. in Rayfield Baptist Church, 601 Indianapolis Street, Muskogee, OK; with Pastor Leroy Walker Sr., eulogizing. Interment will follow in Booker T. Washington Cemetery.
Visitation will be, Tuesday, in the Granger Colonial Chapel, beginning at 11 a.m. until 6;00 p.m. Additional viewing will be Wednesday, at the church beginning at 12 noon to service time. The family will be meeting at 1:30 p.m. in the Rayfield Baptist Church education department prior to the service.
The family has been cared for by the Winn family at Granger-House of Winn Funeral Home. Online condolence and registry may be expressed at www.houseofwinn.com