Friday, May 14, 2021


Betty J. (Champion) Ray


Betty J. (Champion) Ray, 93, of Plainfield, widow of Zane W. Ray, died on May 3 of congestive heart failure. Betty was born in Old Saybrook on Jan. 18, 1927, the daughter of the late Allen and Virginia (Varney) Champion. She was raised in Old Saybrook and lived in Westbrook for 60 years.

Betty was a talented seamstress, avid baker, and made the best lasagna ever. She enjoyed drop-in company, watching deer and birds in her yard, and loved to laugh.

She was predeceased by her sister May Clark and brother Richard Champion. She is survived by sisters Ann Rand of Old Lyme and Frances Confrey of Deep River, and brother Robert Champion and his wife Eleanor of Essex. She is also survived by sons Zane and his wife Robin of Unionville, and Peter and his wife Nancy of Westbrook; and daughters Nancy Berry of Millbrook, Alabama, and Heidi Ray and her fiancé Michael Ilhoff of Plainfield.

She leaves grandchildren Pamela Walker and husband Michael of Millbrook, Alabama; Norman Berry of Millbrook, Alabama; David Ray of Cambridge, Massachusetts; Daniel Ray and wife Jennifer of Tully, New York; and Erin Ray of Middletown. She also leaves great-grandchildren Cassandra Wise and husband Willie of Millbrook, Alabama, Hayden Hryniw of Montgomery, Alabama, and his fiancée Kahli Clements, and Ian Ray and Emily Ray of Tully, New York; and great-great-grandchildren Cooper, Jaden, and Callie Wise of Millbrook, Alabama.

Services will be private and held at the convenience of the family.

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