Colleen McCray

Colleen (Schmitt) McCray, 92, died May 8, 2019, from natural causes in Snowflake. She was born April 28, 1927, in St Johns. She lived there with her parents Dexter Lee McCray and Euphemia Berry, and her 15 brothers and sisters.

She graduated from St Johns High School, then moved to Tucson. She worked as a telephone operator until she married Richard Paul Schmitt Sept. 5, 1948. They had three children: Catherine Louise, Richard Paul Schmitt Jr, and Karma Jean. They moved to Phoenix and had one more child Anthony Bryan. They lived in Phoenix and Mesa for 30 years.

She was a daughter of the American Revolution and was a wonderful homemaker and a loving wife and mother. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and helped in many positions in the church. She was the PTA president for many years in the Creighton Elementary School District. Music was very important in her life and she sang beautifully. She participated in many choirs including the Relief Society Mother's Choir in Salt Lake at general conference.

Their home was always open to guests, family members, and friends who were in need of a place to stay. She loved to sew and took a LaSalle interior design class. Colleen was passionate about history and family history and she was a professional genealogist for years. She served a mission in Alabama for 18 months and loved sharing her testimony of Jesus Christ.

Colleen lived with her children, Karma in Arizona, Cathy in Oklahoma, and Richard in Tempe. Colleen spent her last several years in her home and the Carriage House in Snowflake where she passed away.

She is survived by two brothers, Terry and Phillip McCray; two sisters, Correnne Magee, and Kathy Reidhead, and her children, Catherine Louise Snow, Karma Jean Alton, and Anthony Bryan Schmitt; 15 grandchildren and 54 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m.  Friday, May 17, at the Temple View Chapel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2885 W. Highway 277 in Snowflake, with a viewing one hour prior to the services. Interment will follow in the R.V. “Mike” Ramsay Memorial Cemetery in Snowflake.

Thanks to all who have helped Colleen McCray through many years of her life. Especially, the last few years of service given while she has been unable to care for herself. We, her family, are most grateful.

A memorial fund has been established in her name: Colleen McCray at Owens Livingston Mortuary. Call 928-537-2141 to make a donation.

Owens Livingston Mortuary-Heritage Chapel of Snowflake handled arrangements.

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