Mary Ellen McCorkle Ray | Christianity

Mary Ellen McCorkle Ray, born October 4, 1933, died Wednesday, June 15, 2022 in hospice care at Baptist Health Hardin in Elizabethtown.

Originally from Upton, Mary moved to Rineyville after marrying the love of her life, Virgil Ray, in 1951. Mary lived her life as a caregiver, the loving daughter of Oneda and Bill McCorkle, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and best friend to many. Virgil and Mary lived between their parents’ homes and provided loving care to both parents as they grew older.

A convert to the Roman Catholic faith, Mary was a longtime member of St. Brigid’s Catholic Church in Vine Grove and a member of the choir for many years. She enjoyed sharing her faith and guided many friends and family to confirm themselves in the Catholic faith. With courage and the grace of God, Marie and Virgile faced the loss of three of their adult children and helped raise their grandchildren. They raised their granddaughter, Mia, from the age of two and a half.

Mary was predeceased by her husband of 60 years, Virgil Ray; his son, Billy Ray; his two daughters, Rosemary Ray Kincheloe and Patty Ray Best; his parents; and three brothers, Howard, Madison (Mac) and Wayne McCorkle.

Survivors include his two daughters, Sharon Ray Wren of Elizabethtown and Regina Ray Ryan (Mike) and son, Mark Ray of Rineyville; two sons-in-law, Bobby (Lola) Best and Nicky Kincheloe; and a daughter-in-law, Jan Ray. She is also survived by 13 grandchildren/step-grandchildren, Jeff (Sara Jo) Best, Lisa (Gerrick) Luken, JR Best, Zachary (Amanda) Kincheloe, Jacob Kincheloe, Mia (Danny) Embry, Samantha ( Patrick) Wood, Blake (Danielle) Ryan, Brad (Carol) Ray, Patrick (Elise) Ray, Kaleigh Ray (Haril Rains), Lesley Ray, Laura Ray; and 22 great-grandchildren.

A Christian burial mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 18 at St. Brigid’s Catholic Church in Vine Grove with the Reverend Daniel Lincoln officiating. Interment follows at St. Brigid Cemetery.

Visitation is from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday with a prayer service at 7 p.m. and continues from 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Nelson-Edelen-Bennett Funeral Home in Vine Grove.

The family requests that any donations be made in Mrs. Ray’s name to St. Brigid’s Catholic Church, 314 E. Main St., Vine Grove KY 40175.

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