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Zelma Irene Ray

June 4, 1928 May 3, 2019
Zelma Irene Ray
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Zelma Irene Ray, the second child of three children born to Preston Fountain Hancock and Lily Alfretta Mae Akers, was born on June 4, 1928 in Lexington, Missouri. She graduated from Douglas High School in Lexington, Missouri, where her love for education led her to pursue a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas. While in Wichita, she met and married Julian Ray. To this union, two daughters were born: Kasaundra Lynn Ray and Lazette O’dell Ray.

Zelma was born on June 4, 1928 and departed this life on May 3, 2019. Her parents preceded her in death.

Zelma was a member of Shorter A.M.E. Church for many years and a devoted member of The Matrons Club. She was a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Denver Alumni Chapter, and The Black Educators Association.

Zelma landed her first teaching job in Topeka, Kansas where she taught for many year. Zelma and family relocated to Denver, Colorado where she was offered a job with the Denver Public School System at Whittier Elementary School. As she began to settle in her career, Julian was offered a job with the YMCA in Wichita Falls, TX; where they moved and lived for two years. They returned to Denver, Colorado and Zelma continued her career with the Denver Public Schools System. She taught at several DPS schools – Harrington and Wyatt Elementary and extended her education by attended Colorado University in Boulder, Colorado where she earned a Masters of Arts in Education. She became Principal at Whiteman and retired as Principal at Collegeview Elementary School. Zelma’s education spanned over 40 years. During her educational journey, she inspired, touched and created a “Dream of Hope” which became a reality for many children and their families. She always instilled in them family values and
the importance of life. Zelma will be remembered as an amazing woman that was ALWAYS caring, compassionate and adored by everyone. She will never be forgotten.

Zelma’s beautiful life will forever be cherished in the lives of her two daughters: Kasaundra Ray of Las Vegas Nevada & Lazette Ray (Michael Harris) of Denver, Colorado; sister Earlene Edwards of Denver, Colorado; eight grandchildren, seventeen great grandchildren; a host of devoted nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

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