Toni Marie Holmes Ray
Toni Marie Holmes Ray completed her journey to be with her Lord on Tuesday, October 1st, 2019 at the end of a two year battle with leukemia, and cystic fibrosis. She passed as she lived, with peace, grace and love for all who had the privilege of encountering her, and with the comfort and confidence of knowing her greater life was yet to come.
Toni's kind heart and sweet soul were impossible to ignore, and never did her light shine so bright as it did in her final days. In her last hours with us, her sense of humor was undeterred and she could bring light and laughter to the room -- never at the expense of others -- always with the intent to make those around her feel love and joy.
In the face of a terminal illness, instead of anger and self-pity she was vocal in her praise of God and his divine providence and used her illness to become closer to Him and to reflect his Grace and Word.
For as gentle and soft as she was, she had a penchant for riding the scariest rides at Six Flags, and a great love for long motorcycle trips through the back roads of Texas with her arms wrapped around her husband and lifelong partner-in-crime, Rudy. This fearless spirit was ever manifest in her unwavering love and desire to protect her children and grandchildren from any and all threats.
She grew up on the Holmes Dairy Farm in Blackfoot, Texas, was the head cheerleader at Cayuga High School and was crowned Dogwood Queen. She met her husband Rudy Ray with his mother at their family ranch, PineTop, outside Bois D' Arc where she eventually lived, raised her three children and will be laid to rest on Saturday alongside her daughter, Grace Ann.
She is survived and celebrated by her husband of 46 years, Rudy Ray, her three children, Hosanna Bolt and her partner Chris Wray, Maranatha Evans and her husband Eric, Joshua Ray and his wife Martita Abril, as well as her seven grandchildren Cole Evans, Jace Bolt, Dylan Bolt, Hunter Evans, Peyton Evans, Ashlyn Bolt, and Wyatt Wray, her parents, Bill and Dorothy Holmes, two sisters Kenni Satterwhite and her husband Luke, Conni Turner and her husband Richard.
Her family is hosting a viewing for friends of Toni at Bailey and Foster Funeral Home on Friday, October 4, 2019 at 5:30 P.M. Funeral services will be held at Tyler Orthodox Presbyterian Church on Saturday, October 5, 2019 at 2:00 P.M. Pallbearers will be Joshua Ray, Eric Evans, Cole Evans, Jace Bolt, Dylan Bolt, Hunter Evans, Chris Wray and John Bolt. Honorary pallbearers are Peyton Evans, Ashlyn Bolt and Wyatt Wray.
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Published on October 2, 2019


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Matthew Barnard
Oct 03, 2019
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