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Liala J. Ray

Liala J. Ray

Liala J. Ray, 86, of Willmar, died Wednesday, February 7th at Carris Health Care Center in Willmar. Her memorial service will be held at 11:00 am, Monday, February 12th at First Presbyterian Church in Willmar. Visitation will be from 3-5:00 pm, Sunday, February 11th at Harvey Anderson Funeral Home in Willmar and continue on Monday one hour prior to her service at the church. www.hafh.org

Liala Jean Ray was born on February 9th, 1931, to John and Olive (Blankenship) Bengtson in Willmar. She was baptized and confirmed at First Presbyterian Church in Willmar. She grew up in Willmar and graduated from Willmar High School with The Class of 1949. Her parents had a cabin on Eagle Lake where Liala would spend her summers. During this time, Liala started working at Central Dairy and also Hogan's World of Fabrics. On November 3rd, 1951, Liala married Stanley "Tim" Ray at First Presbyterian Church. To this union, three daughters were born. Liala started working at Herberger's, where she would eventually retire. She stayed active at the church, where she was involved in the Bell Choir and making quilts every Thursday, as well as volunteering with Meals on Wheels. She enjoyed spending as much time with her family as possible. She always followed her grandchildren through their sports, hobbies, and treasured their time at the lake, even teaching them how to quilt and sew! She was the fashion police of the family, always wearing bright and cheerful colors. Every year she took winter vacations to Clearwater Beach, Florida to enjoy the warm weather. She enjoyed sewing, quilting, knitting, cooking, swimming at the YMCA, going on quilting retreats, Chinese checkers, and making gifts for her family. She was a loving wife, mom, and grandma.

Liala is survived by her daughters: Donna (and Mike) Coleman of St. Cloud; Diane (and Cal) Monson of Willmar and their children: Christopher (and Kristine) Monson of Sauk Rapids, and Anna Monson of Willmar; Deb Willis (and special friend, Dave Opsahl) of Willmar and her daughter, Sarah Willis (and fianc, Edwin Hakvoort) of Switzerland; and brother, John "Jack" Bengtson of Rochester.

She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; and sister, Mary Helen Lindgren.

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