In addition, Mamie was always by John Abbott’s side, and saw him through the death of his wife, Jessica Blair, who died of AIDS, and she took care of him after he suffered a heart attack among other story highlights.

Ray is survived by her sister, Jacqueline (James) Jackson, sister-in-law, Cynthia Ray, as well as several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins, godchildren and her special circle of friends.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Ray’s circle of life celebration has been postponed for now.

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