Friday, August 3, 2018

Mary Zutha Ray

Mary Zutha Ray, age 89, passed away on Thursday, August 2, 2018, at Louisville Health Care in Louisville, Mississippi. Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Sunday, August 5, 2018, at Hinze Baptist Church with Rev. Paul Blanchard officiating. Visitation will be the day of the service from 11:30 a.m. until 1: 30 p.m. at Nowell Massey Funeral Home in Louisville. Interment will follow in Hinze Baptist Church Cemetery.

Zutha was born June 25, 1929, to Royal and Virgie McCool Shumaker. She was a member of Hinze Baptist Church. She enjoyed cooking and working in her yard and her flowers.

Zutha is survived by her husband of 72 years, Garland Ray; and her daughter, Janice Greene and husband, Marion, all of Louisville. Also left to mourn her passing is her sister, Maudie Anthony; and her brother, Ed Shumaker and wife, Fran. One of her greatest joys was being “Mamaw” to her granddaughter, Susan Byrd and husband, Pat; as well as her two great-grandchildren, Laurie and Michael Byrd. She was preceded in death by her parents; and four siblings, Horace Shumaker, Mildred Steed, Melva Burchfield, and Mavis Whittington.

Serving as pallbearers are Ricky Anthony, Joey Ray, Marcus Ray, Scott Ray, Jeff Shumaker, and Michael Shumaker. Memorials in honor of Zutha may be given to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Tribute Program, P. O. Box 1000 Department 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142.

Services are under the direction of Nowell-Massey Funeral Home, 724 North Columbus Avenue, Louisville, MS. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family by signing the guest register at