March 03, 1943 - November 16, 2020
Donna Gail Ray, “Donna Gail”, wife of Mr. Hubert W. Ray passed away at her home on November 16th surrounded by her family and loved ones, after a long battle with cancer. She was born on 3 March 1943 in Douglas Ga, to Chester and Virginia Tanner. She leaves behind her loving husband HW Ray, sisters: Jennie Law and Celeste Harrison, brother Chester Tanner, 4 children: Robert & Jennifer Effler, Donnie Effler, Patty Gordon and Tommy & Sandra Effler, 9 grandchildren: Robert II Effler, Crystal Effler, LaDonna Youmans, Troy Davis, Wayne Effler, Katie Shoda, Tommy Effler, Shelbie Effler, and Tanner Effler, 10 great grandchildren: Morgan, Alex, Hudson, Finley, Ryleigh, Piper, Brayden, Aubrey, Bennett, Marlow and Emberson.
Donna Gail loved her country, being a USMC spouse and a member of the Marine Corps family and Sunday gatherings where she was able to enjoy her family and friends at her home. She served and supported her husband, his teammates and their family members left behind during deployments. She was most proud of being a grandmother, great grandmother, and working in the hospitality service, meeting new customers daily, making strangers and customers having a bad day smile, and being requested routinely by repeat corporate customers. Upon HW’s retirement from the USMC, they settled down and made Jacksonville their home to be close to family and friends. She would not turn down anyone that needed help and always opened her heart and home for visitors and families in need.
The family wishes to acknowledge their outstanding hospice nurse, Jay-Jay, for her professionalism and personal care she provided the family and Donna Gail in their time of need in her final days and hours.
In lieu flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made in Donna Gail's name to Community Hospice of North East Florida which provided her the quality of life and dignity she deserved in her final days.
Funeral services will be held at 12:00 PM on Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at The Event Center at Peeples, 14165 N. Main Street, Building C, with Rev. Gary Wheeler officiating.
Burial will be at Jacksonville National Cemetery at 9:00 AM on Thursday, November 19, 2020. (Lane #1)
Her family will receive friends from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the funeral home prior to the services.
Peeples Family Funeral Home is serving the Ray Family.
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