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Novellene Wray

September 14, 1926 — April 30, 2017

Novellene Wray

Novellene Wray, 90, of Salem, Arkansas, passed away, Sunday, April 30, 2017 at Fulton County Hospital in Salem, Arkansas.

She was born in Elizabeth, Arkansas on September 14, 1926, daughter of the late Eve Mae (Hickman) and Floyd Tanner. Novellene spent her life as a loving daughter, sister, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt, sister in law and friend. She was united in marriage to the late Bradford Vernon Wray in Salem, Arkansas on January 18, 1946 and from this union three children were born. She accepted Jesus Christ as her Savior at the age of 14 and joined Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Union, Arkansas where she remained a member for nearly 80 years. Novellene worked as an aid for Fulton County Hospital for over 30 years and worked on the family farm doing anything that needed to be done, from feeding chickens to milking cows. She also loved quilting and gardening.

Novellene is survived by her children, Connie Dunn Bondurant and husband Frank of Bella Vista, Arkansas and Vernon Dwayne Wray and wife Janelle of Union, Arkansas; daughter in law, Sharon Wray Hoskins of Independence, Missouri; six grandchildren, Scott Dunn and fiancé Lisa Kent of Baldwin City, Kansas, Amber Lehrman and husband Jeremy of Lawrence, Kansas, Heather Wray of Mountain Home, Arkansas, David Wray and wife Angie of O’Fallon, Missouri, Greg Hayward and wife Gayle of Harrisonville, Missouri and Roy Hayward of Independence, Missouri; eight great grandchildren; sister, Nadine Cochran of Salem, Arkansas; four sister in laws, Louelle Tanner of Salem, Arkansas, Mary Lou Tanner of Oxford, Arkansas, Janet Sandusky of Dextar, Missouri and Joyce Hensley of Bexar, Arkansas and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Bradford Wray; parents, Eve and Floyd Tanner; son, Larry Wray; brothers, Melvin Tanner and Marcel Tanner and sister, Modine Singleton.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, May 3, 2017 beginning at 2:00 PM at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Union, Arkansas with Bro. Gary Wallace officiating. Interment will follow at Union Cemetery in Union, Arkansas. Visitation will be Tuesday, May 2, 2017 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM at Doty Family Funeral Service Chapel in Salem, Arkansas.

Pallbearers include: Scott Dunn, Jeremy Lehrman, Jacob Lehrman, David Wray, Greg Hayward and Roy Hayward

Honorary Pallbearers include: Amber Lehrman, Catherine Lehrman, Heather Wray and Molly Wray

Arrangements entrusted to Doty Family Funeral Service of Salem, Arkansas.

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