Lourene Frances Russell Ray was born to the late Donald and June Russell in Salisbury, Maryland, on October 5, 1955. She was one of 6 children. Lourene received her Associates Degree in Business Administration at Goldey-Beacom College in Wilmington, Delaware. Lourene married the love of her life, Ronald Ross Ray, on August 20, 1977. From this beautiful, loving union, they were blessed with two children, the late Ronald Ross Ray II and Danielle Ray. Lourene was a devoted wife and mother and was employed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation for 44 years. She was guided by her faith in God and she was considered “light and love” by all who knew her. Lourene would always say that she loved Ray and Danielle more than life itself. She was affectionately known as “Rene”, “Rene Bean”, and “The Oracle” by her family. One of her biggest joys in life was visiting and enjoying Disney World with Ray and Danielle, and more recently with Ray, Danielle and Kesha, Danielle’s beautiful wife. She was a diehard Redskins fan, loved to laugh, dance and sing and enjoy life with her family and friends. Lourene was fortunate to know how much she was loved by her family each day and more recently at her retirement celebration from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, with standing room only and lines farther than you could see celebrating her 44 years of federal service. She loved so many and equally received that love. On June 3, 2020, Lourene left us to be with God and her son Ronald Ross Ray II and her mother and father. Her son, Ronald, father and mother, June and Donald and brother, Donald Jr., preceded her in death. Lourene leaves to cherish her memory, her husband, Ronald, daughter Danielle (LaKesha), two brothers Lonnie (Rosa), Martin (Cindy); two sisters Wendy (Edgar) and Denise; 12 nieces, nephews, Stacey Huggins, Sherrie Russell, Lauren Russell, Kelly Key, Katina Washington, Marcus Key, Darnell Key, Charles Philson III, Anthony & Ashley Brown, April & Natasha Russell; 16 great-nieces and nephews, Ky’ono, Aaliyah Marie, Travis, Bentley, Raymond, Tionne, Tamari, Marcus, Aaron, Alana, Camryn, Aalyze, Antoine, Alijah, Ahrianna, Zariah Skye and numerous cousins and friends.
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