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Shannen Ray

October 14, 1966 — April 15, 2019

Shannen Ray of Fort Smith, formerly of Waldron, Arkansas went to be with her Savior, Monday, April 15, 2019. Shannen was born October 14, 1966 to WD “Rabbit” Ray and Pat Sehorn in Fort Smith, Arkansas.

As a young child, Shannen spent her first years playing with her cousins Lisa and Tracy Dedmon. Later, much of her time was spent with her cousin Jonette (Ray) Moses playing sports, riding horses or at the lake with friends and family. She held dear the time spent being coached by her dad playing softball. Special times were spent with Uncle LD “Ponchie” and Aunt Virginia “Gingie” Powell, who both helped to shape her into the person she became. Ponchie taught her to hunt and fish while enjoying the outdoors. She and cousin Brad Powell were inseparable, their relationship resembling that of siblings. Shannen was filled with joy in sharing her time with cousins Dilan and Devin Powell. She lovingly referred to them as “my boys”. She shared many memories during family functions with cousins Shelbie Duke and Baylee Moses. Shannen made many memories with her cousins from Grand Prairie, Texas, David Ray, Diane (Ray) Morris and Beverly (Ray) Duetchmann. As an adult Shannen enjoyed accompanying her Uncle John and Aunt Susan Ray to many Arkansas Razorback football games. She had a passion and love for animals, especially dogs in need of a loving home. She was welcoming and enjoyed the company of her friends and family that she held so dear.

Shannen was employed by the Arkansas State Highway Department in Fort Smith, serving in many positions during her 25-year career. She currently served as the area maintenance supervisor for the Arkansas Department of Transportation, 4th district. She was loved and respected by her colleagues and employees, as evident in the outpouring of phone calls, cards, flowers and visits throughout her hospital stay.

Memories with Shannen will forever be held dear by her daddy, WD “Rabbit” Ray and wife Billie, her mother Pat Sehorn and husband Richard, as well as her loving and caring sister Simone Ray, all of Waldron. Her vibrant personality will be missed by her cousins, Jonette, Brad, Devin, Dilan, Shelbie and Baylee, as well as a multitude of lives she touched.

Shannen was preceded in death by her loving Aunt Gingie, Dessie Crane, Peggy Dedmon, Dewy Crain, as well as, cousins Shelley Powell, Lisa Dedmon and Russell Ray.

To celebrate Shannen’s life, the family would ask that you join them for visitation from 5pm to 7pm, Thursday, April 18, 2019 at the Heritage Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Waldron, Arkansas. Funeral Services will be 2:00pm, Friday, April 19, 2019 at the Heritage Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with interment to follow in the Duncan Cemetery in Waldron, Arkansas, with Rev. David Williams officiating. Arrangements are being entrusted to the Heritage Memorial Funeral Home in Waldron, Arkansas.

Shannen’s pallbearers will be Dilan Powell, Devin Powell, David Lawson, Butch Seaton, John Canada and Jodie Haralson. Honorary pallbearers will be the employees of the Arkansas Department of Transportation, 4th district, Fort Smith, Chad Adams-District Engineer and Chad Davis-District Maintenance Engineer.

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Shannen Ray, please visit our flower store.

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Thursday, April 18, 2019

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Friday, April 19, 2019

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