LaVerne Canterbury Ray
March 14, 1928  -  November 1, 2018

LaVerne Canterbury Ray

Lafond-Ardoin Funeral Home of Opelousas
2845 South Union Street
Opelousas, LA  70570
Saturday, November 3, 2018
12:00 p.m. - time of service
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Funeral Service
Skip Montet Memorial Chapel in Lafond-Ardoin Funeral Home
2845 South Union Street
Opelousas, LA  70570
Saturday, November 3, 2018
2:00 p.m.
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Bellevue Memorial Park Cemetery
Opelousas, LA  70570
Saturday, November 3, 2018
03:00 pm to 04:00 pm

Bellevue Memorial Park Cemetery
4833 Hwy. 182 South
Opelousas, LA  70570
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2nd Timothy 4:7
I have fought the good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.

Funeral services will be held for LaVerne Canterbury Ray on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 2:00 PM in the Skip Montet Chapel at Lafond-Ardoin Funeral Home of Opelousas with visitation beginning at 12:00 PM until time of services at 2:00 PM. Reverend Perry Hubbs will conduct the funeral service. Burial will be held in Bellevue Memorial Park Cemetery.

LaVerne, age 90, a resident of Opelousas, LA, went to meet her Lord on Thursday, November 1, 2018.

She was a devout Christian and member of the First Baptist Church of Opelousas for 63 years and taught Sunday school for 40 years. She loved cooking, reading, camping, fishing and most of all, spending time with her family. LaVerne was an amazing mom and wife and will be remembered as a kind and strong woman.

She is survived by her sons, Robert L. Ray and wife, Linda Yancey Ray, of Baton Rouge, LA and Brad Ray and wife, Monika Poche Ray, of Ponchatoula, LA; and daughter, Sherry Ray Sandoz and husband, Lawrence "Larry" B. Sandoz, III, of Opelousas, LA. She is also survived by seven grandchildren, Michael Jordan Ray of Baton Rouge, LA, Carolyn Elizabeth Ray of Baton Rouge, LA, Emily Ann Ray of Ponchatoula, LA, Benjamin Andrew Ray of St. Croix, Virgin Islands, Courtney Sandoz Copell and husband, Lance Copell of Opelousas, LA, Robert "Robi" Sandoz and wife, Micki Sebastien Sandoz of Youngsville, LA and Stephen Sandoz and wife, Jessica Robertson Sandoz of Opelousas, LA; and five great-grandchildren, Leighton Copell, Avery Copell, Kaleb Sandoz, Emma Kate Sandoz and Maddie Sandoz.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 70 years, Robert Reginald Ray; her parents, John Robert Canterbury and Eunice Holmes Canterbury; her brothers and sisters, Emery Canterbury, Vera Mae "Bea" Canterbury Whitman, Della Marteal Canterbury, Leona Canterbury Patterson and Richard "Buck" Canterbury.

Pallbearers will be Robert "Robi" Sandoz, Stephen Sandoz, Lance Copell, Michael Ray, Benjamin "Ben" Ray and Lawrence "Larry" Sandoz.

The family would like to give a special thanks to the staff of the Dialysis Clinic, Inc. of Opelousas for their amazing care during her time of need.

LaFond-Ardoin Funeral Home of Opelousas, 2845 South Union Street, Opelousas, LA, 70570 (337-942-2638) has been entrusted with the funeral arrangements.


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  1. Dela Snyder
    Opelousas, LA

    I am so sorry for your loss. I would like to share with you a comforting scripture from the Bible. Please read 1 Corinthians 1:3,4. So God Jehovah is a great source of comfort. Turning to his word in the Bible will really help.

  2. Mary Celeste Ethridge-Venable
    Lake Charles, LA

    Robert, Brad and Sherry,
    I am so sorry for your loss. All of you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  3. Judy Cameron Lanclos
    Kamuela, HI

    Our sympathy to all the Ray family. Reginald and LaVerne were such good friends to our parents, and we will always be grateful for that friendship and their support.
    Judy Cameron Lanclos

  4. Brad & Debbie Baham & family
    Port Barre, LA

    Dear Courtney and Family
    We did not know your Grand Mother
    but wanted to let you know how.
    sad we are for you today. The love
    of a Grandmother is like no other. We
    have no words to ease how you feel
    today God gives to us the best.
    Sadly they all have to leave us . I
    figured out when my parents died
    why God gave us years. He knew
    We would need them for times
    like now.
    Please know you are all in our
    thoughts and prayers. I pray
    that God give all of you needed
    strength today and in the days
    to follow.


    Brad and Debbie Baham
    Davonte, Ethan , Arianna
    Kaitlyn,Brittany & Laine and kids

  5. Guy &Joann Bozeman
    Washington, LA

    We're so sorry for your loss. It is a great loss for so many of us. We loved her so much. She is in comfort now in God's hands. God bless you all.

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