Marilyn Gaither Ray
February 5, 1931 - March 15, 2023
Mrs. Marilyn Gaither Ray, 92, Passed away Wednesday, March 15th at her home in Leesburg, Virginia.
Marilyn was born in Charlotte, North Carolina on February 5, 1931. She was the daughter of the late Sara (Bowers) Gaither and of the late Coite M. Gaither, Sr. She was the last member of her immediate family having been predeceased by her Brother Coite M. Gaither, Jr., and Sister Sarah Edna (Gaither) O’neal (Edward).
Marilyn moved to Washington, DC., in 1953 to work as a Secretary for Bolling Air Force Base. While working in Washington DC., she met William L. Ray (Bill) and the two later married on January 8, 1956, in Bethesda Maryland.
Marilyn was the proud mother of three sons, William (Deborah), Jeffrey and Russel (Kerry). The young family moved to Montgomery County, Maryland to be closer to William’s HVAC Mechanical business.
Marilyn enjoyed being a homemaker and was active in her son’s educational and athletic pursuits. She’d often travel back to her home state of North Carolina to visit her extended family bringing her sons with her. Those road trips were often adventurous and wonderful memories were made.
Marilyn was involved in many organizations over the years and spent eight years as a White House volunteer during the George W. Bush Administration. She immensely enjoyed those years as a volunteer and made many lasting friendships with fellow volunteers.
Travel, genealogy, antiquing, collecting, and shopping were some of Marilyn’s favorite pastimes. She and Bill were able to travel both the U.S. and internationally.
Marilyn is also survived by and will be greatly missed by her grandchildren: Bryan (Kristina), Kellie (Nic), Matthew (Kristin), Bethany (Geoffrey) and Zoe and her great grandchildren: Avery, Bryley, Carter, Andrew, Cooper, Ryan and Maren. As well as many nieces and nephews
The family will receive friends at Noon, one hour prior to services on Wednesday, March 22, 2023, at Colonial Funeral Home of Leesburg, 201 Edwards Ferry Road, NE, Leesburg, VA 20176. Burial will follow services at Union Cemetery in Leesburg, VA.