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Mrs. Eleanor L. McClanahan Ray, 80, of Hanover, formerly of Columbus, entered this life on January 21, 1934 in Deputy, Indiana. She was the loving daughter of the late George Robert and Margaret Elizabeth Taulman McClanahan. She was raised in Deputy and was a 1952 graduate of Deputy High School.
She was a member of the Lick Branch Baptist Church in Deputy and the Garden City Church of Christ in Columbus.
Eleanor was united in marriage in 1954 to Clayton Ray. This union was blessed with a daughter, Holly Jo. Eleanor lived in South Lebanon, Ohio for 25 years and she worked for RCA. She lived in Florida for three years and moved to Columbus and resided there the past 20 years. She went to work for Como Plastics and began working at the Middle School on Seventh Street in Columbus in the Dietary Department for the past 15 years. Eleanor had worked as a hairdresser for several years as well. She enjoyed cooking, her church, and being with her family.
Eleanor died on Tuesday, February 18, 2014, at 9:55 p.m. at King's Daughters' Hospital in Madison.
Eleanor will be missed by her loving daughter, Holly Jo Knight and her husband, Randy of Homosassa Springs, Florida; her loving grandsons, Cody, Jessee and Christopher; her loving brother, Charles McClanahan and his wife, Wanda of Paris Crossing; her loving sisters, Ella Jean Gammons and her husband, Rich of Deputy, Mary Evelyn Fredenburgh of Manville, Ohio; her loving sisters-in-law, Barbara McClanahan of Deputy, Frances McClanahan Mullikin and her husband, Don of Bedford, Kentucky; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
She was preceded in death by her parents, George Robert and Margaret Elizabeth Taulman McClanahan; her brothers, John Jacob McClanahan, died March 21, 2007, and Ellison Hill "Mac" McClanahan, died March 22, 2000.
Funeral services will be conducted Sunday, February 23, 2014, at 2 p.m., by Pastor Donnie Morris and Pastor Mike Shuler at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, 325 Demaree Drive in Madison. Interment will follow in the Lick Branch Cemetery near Deputy. Friends may call Saturday from 4 until 8 p.m. and Sunday from Noon until the time of service at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Lick Branch Cemetery. Cards are available at the funeral home.