On December 30, 2018, Doris V. Ray, nee Hartfeld, reluctantly left her beloved family for her eternal life at the sweet young age of 97. Born 1921 in Santa Barbara as the middle child and only daughter of John H. Hartfeld and Goldie E. Hartfeld (Borrer).
In 1930, during the Great Depression and under the direction of Dwight Murphy, her father was appointed as Superintendent of Santa Barbara's Parks Dept where, he had to opportunity to supervise 100 unemployed victims of the Great Depression, who were paid from a fund created by local wealthy philanthropists to revitalize Santa Barbara's landscape after the devastating 1925 earthquake. Doris was proud of the service to Santa Barbara provided by her father. Between 1933-1936 he directed volunteers in the design and construction of floats entered for SB Parks Dept in the Tournament of Roses parade, winning 1st in division awards twice and most notably the coveted 1935 Sweepstakes Prize. With the same heart for service as her father, Doris was a past President of Reina Del Mar Chapter of Native Daughters and was selected the 1957 Fiesta “Saint Barbara”. She served as President of Jonata School PTA, Santa Ynez Valley Woman's Club and United Voluntary Services (UVS) where she also served as Director on the UVS National Board.
A lifelong Santa Barbara County resident, she graduated from SBHS in 1940. At age 17, Doris was busy modeling clothes in SB for Otts, Lou Rose, Penningers and I. Magnin, which lasted until WWII hit. She was offered a modeling job in LA, but choose to stay in SB for love and she married Walter Johnson in 1941. Their daughter Jill was born in 1942 and they divorced after the War.
In 1950, Donald G. Ray swept both Doris and Jill off their feet and Don & Doris were married one year later in SB. Then, late 1959 they moved the family to Buellton, where they happily resided for about 50 years before relocating in 2008 to their personal retirement residence in Solvang, living with their daughter and son-in-law.
Surviving are her sons Donald G. Ray, Jr. (Sheryl) of Lincoln, CA, and Randall S. Ray (Rosemarie) of Santa Maria; and daughter Laura J. Matthews (Tim) of Solvang, her sister-in-law Luella Shell of Santa Maria (103 years young), and son-in-law Waldo Peter Grossi. Doris also leaves behind nine grandchildren, fifteen great-grandchildren, five great-great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years Donald G. Ray, Sr., daughter Jill Johnson (Grossi), brothers Jack A. Hartfeld (Portland, OR) and Edward A. Hartfeld (Santa Barbara).
From 1965 to 1983 Doris was employed by the Co. of Santa Barbara as a Clerk in the Solvang Justice Court under the Judges Jensen, Lewellen, Canter and Brown, followed by a few years of employment with Jack L. Collison, Attorney.
Our family wishes to express our deepest appreciation to the wonderful caregivers who provided compassionate care for both Doris and Don in their personal retirement “nest” during their final decade. Our family will be forever grateful to Dalila for her patient, attentive and loving care, and for the unparalleled support services of Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care, who were true blessings to all of us!
A wonderful role model with unconditional love for her family, her strength of character, strong love of family, great cooking, sense of humor and beauty inside and out will be deeply missed and always remembered with love by family and friends. No funeral services at her request. Doris will be remembered and honored by her family with a private Celebration of Life. Please make donations to Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care!
Loper Funeral Chapel, Directors.