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Ray Nell (Hardison) Voorhies

Ray Nell (Hardison) Voorhies, loving wife and grandma, 85, of New Whiteland, passed away Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, at Franciscan St. Francis Health-Indianapolis.

She was born Aug. 1, 1928, in Drakesboro, Ky., a daughter of the late William Oscar and Mary Alice (Creasey) Hardison. She was raised in Kentucky with her sister, Willie Myrl, and brother, Jewel Howard Hardison. She attended high school in Drakesboro.

Following her older sister, she moved to Indianapolis, where she met her husband, James Brotis Voorhies.

Ray Nell and James Brotis were united in marriage at Fountain Square Church of Christ in Indianapolis on March 7, 1964. They

resided together in Beech Grove, moved to Rushville, relocated to Greenwood and finally settled in New Whiteland, where they lived for the last 25 years.

She worked at RCA, PR Mallory, Telonic Industries and Holiday Inn hotel, before retiring as a homemaker.

Ray loved the time shared with family and friends. She enjoyed accompanying her husband to auctions and flea markets. She loved her collectibles, acquiring many figurines and dolls over the years.

She liked quilting and made quilts for those she loved. Ray took great pride in her role as Grandma to Kelly.

Ray is survived by her loving husband of 49 years, James Brotis Voorhies; nephew William Thomas “Tommy” Hardison, great-nephews Josh and Chad; niece Jennifer “Ginger” Lue Hardison Smith; great-nieces Kimberly and Kelly; nephew Jerry Wayne King; great-nephew Eric O’Neal King; niece Judith Ann King Glover; and great-niece (granddaughter) Kelly Elizabeth Glover.

Ray was preceded in death by her parents, William Oscar Hardison and Mary Alice Creasey Hardison; brother, Jewel Howard Hardison; and sister, Willie Myrl Hardison King.

Private services for close friends and family will be Thursday at Jessen Funeral Home in Whiteland. Burial will be at the Greenwood Cemetery.

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