Mrs. Frankie Lucille Putman Ray, 98, died Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013 at Highland Home Nursing Center in Ridgeland.
Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 11, 2013 at Coleman Funeral Home in Ackerman.
Burial will follow at Salem Cemetery in Chester.
Visitation will be held 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 11, 2013 prior to service.
Coleman Funeral Home of Ackerman is in charge of arrangements.
She was born on Sept. 15, 1914 in Choctaw County and was the daughter of Jonathan James Putman and Leona Burney Putman.
Frankie was loved by all who knew her — from relatives and friends in the Choctaw and Webster County areas where she spent most of her life, to her new friends and staff at Highland Home Nursing Center in Ridgeland. She cherished her family and treasured time spent with her two children, her five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Frankie carried a love of learning through life and was a graduate of Chester High School. Her father taught her about the natural world and she so valued her education that, when muddy roads were impassable by carriage, she would walk several miles to school. Frankie often marveled at living so near to being 100, and her enjoyment of life, learning, family and friends carried her through each new day.
She married Oles Nason Ray in 1932 and the couple had two children, Glenn and Janice. Frankie and Oles ran stores throughout Choctaw County and a dry cleaning business in Maben before they retired. Frankie also worked as a local substitute teacher, and she was known as a good seamstress, continuing to take alterations work into her 80s. Oles and Frankie were long-time members of Mathiston United Methodist Church, where she also taught Sunday school. The couple celebrated 66 years of marriage before Oles predeceased her in 1998.
The family lived briefly in Savannah, Ga. where Oles was stationed at Fort Stewart during World War II, and otherwise called the Mathiston-Ackerman-Starkville area their home for their entire lives. Frankie moved to Ridgeland in 2011 when she was 96.
Even at 98, Frankie enjoyed getting out for shopping trips, dining at her favorite restaurants, playing Bingo and going for car rides to explore the countryside. To the very end, she maintained a sense of humor throughout both the tough times and wonderful moments in her life.
She died as she lived her life, with peace and surrounded by love.
Frankie is survived by and will be dearly missed by her many relatives and friends.
Survivors include her son, Glenn T. Ray (Mary Beth) of Ridgeland; her daughter, Janice C. Kynard (Boyd) of Amherst, Mass.; her grandchildren, Glenn Martin Ray, Kari Kynard, Chuck Ray, Mary Ann Black and Brian Kynard and their spouses; and five great-grandchildren. She also leaves her niece, Penny Jennings (Larry) of Starkville; her nephew, Mancil Ray (Mary) of West Point and several cousins, nieces and nephews in other areas.
She was predeceased by parents Jonathan and Leona; husband of 66 years Oles Nason Ray; brothers, James Drew Putman and Otis Ishmael Putman,; and by many other relatives and friends.
Donations may be made to Mathiston United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 177, Mathiston, MS 39752.