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Barbara Jean Lee Bray, age 81 of Puyallup, WA boarded the glory train bound for heaven and passed away peacefully on New Year’s Eve Dec. 31st, 2023, at Linden Grove Health Care Center Puyallup WA.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, January 10th in the Chapel of Week’s Dryer Mortuary located 220 134th Street South Tacoma, Washington.
The family will greet friends and relatives one hour prior to the service. Burial will immediately follow at Green Acres Cemetery 5700 Northwest Dr. Ferndale, WA 98248 Coordinates 48.84953 - 122.53775.
The Eulogy will be given by Al Furnish and Dan Bray. Dan will play the bagpipe tunes Jesus Loves Me and Amazing Grace as requested by his mother.
Barbara grew up in Flandreau, SD and Everett, WA. She married Nov. 21st, 1959, in Everett to her teenage sweetheart George William Bray, Jr. (Cordele, GA) who was stationed at the US Naval station on Whidbey Island WA. Following marriage they moved to Cordele, GA and had their first son in 1960. In 1961they moved to Warner Robins, GA. and by 1964 she had two more sons. In 1988 she moved back to Washington to care for her father, Robert E. Lee. It was also in 1988 she met her soulmate and love of her life Al Furnish. For the next 34 years they forged a new life together.
She enjoyed sewing, knitting and ceramics often giving them away to family and friends. She also knitted slippers and hats and gave them to nursing homes and the homeless to stay warm in the winter. She was a generous and giving person with a big heart.
Barbara was a devout Christian who dedicated her life to serve the Lord. She was reared in the Lutheran faith and after moving to GA, she faithfully attended First Christian and Missionary Alliance church. There she enjoyed teaching Sunday School to the children including her 3 sons and drove the church bus. Her favorite scripture verse was Proverbs 3: 5-7 (KJV)
Barbara was proud of her Norwegian heritage and often told stories of relatives from Norway. She leaves a priceless genealogical tree.
Barbara was preceded in death by her parents Robert Earnest Lee and Willeta Killion Lee. Brother’s Michael Lee and Terry Lee and sister Penny Lee Miles.
Barbara is survived by her sister Toni Cunnigham (Bob) of Longview, WA, Son’s Dan Bray (Perry, GA), William Bray (Raleigh NC), Ron Bray (Thomaston, GA), her Soulmate Al Furnish (Belfair, WA), Al’s children Colleen, Dorothy, and Eli, 6 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren especially Riley, her favorite, and relatives from both sides of her family from SD, GA and WA.
Many thanks to Linden Grove for their dedicated care during her stay.
Remember Me Fill not your hearts with pain and sorrow, but remember me in every tomorrow. Remember the joy, the laughter, the smiles, I've only gone to rest a little while. Although my leaving causes pain and grief, my going has eased my hurt, and given me relief. So dry your eyes and remember me not as I am now, but as I use to be. Because I will remember you all, and look on with a smile, Understand, in your hearts, I've only gone to rest a little while. As long as I have the love of each of you, I can live my life in the hearts of all of you. - Joey Beighley -