- July 29, 2016
- By Staff / Baptist Standard
Maxine Price Ray died July 27 in Plano. At age 105, she was the oldest graduate of John Tarleton College, now Tarleton State University. She was born June 29, 1911, in Collegeport, the oldest daughter of Dick and Norma Harris Price, and she grew up at Palacios-by-the-Sea. After graduating from Tarleton, she attended Sam Houston State University. Raised in a staunch Presbyterian family, she was teaching first grade in Palacios when First Baptist Church called a young single pastor named Carroll Ray. After dating for a year or more, they married on Sunday morning, Nov. 13, 1932. Together with her husband, they served Texas Baptist churches in Italy, Laredo, Clarksville, Houston, Pampa and Perryton before he became director of missions for Top O’ Texas Baptist Area. She was preceded in death by her husband of 72 years; by their son, Carroll Ray Jr.; and by three sisters, Bobby Babcock, Nancy Sisson and Cherry Waldrep. She is survived by her daughter, Ann Spivey, and her husband, Ed, of Allen; son, Robert P. Ray, and his wife, Sandy, of Benton, Ark.; daughter-in-law, Joyce Ray of Fort Worth, and their families; eight grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.