Jane Rutland Ray, 82, died peacefully Jan. 12, 2016 after a brief illness. Born Sept. 19, 1933 to Julius and Aline Rutland, Jane was proud of her South Dallas roots, growing up in her grandparents’ Max J and Jenny Rosenfield’s resplendent South Boulevard home. She graduated from Forest Avenue High School in 1954 and was Phi Beta Kappa at Southern Methodist University.
In 1960, she married the love of her life, Gayle Ray, and together they raised two wonderful sons Alex and Jordan. Jane was most proud of her five grandsons — Benjamin Aaron, Sam, Garrett and Jimmy. No accomplishment of theirs, was too small to share with her friends.
Jane was a devoted and lifelong member of Temple Emanu-El, where her grandfather was a founding member and her mother worked as secretary to Rabbi David Lefkowitz. She was a Gone With the Wind aficionado, perhaps knowing more about the film than many historians, and collecting extensive memorabilia including her prized first edition of the novel.
Jane was extremely well-read and up on current events and completed the daily crossword puzzle in pen. She never met a stranger and always reached out to those in need and lent a helping hand. She was one of the last great letter writers, and it was not uncommon for her to drop someone a note with an original poem if they were taking a special trip or celebrating a simcha.
In addition to her husband, Gayle, Jane was predeceased by her brother, Louis Rosenberg, and sisters-in-law Orlene Roth, Gloria Cooper and Claire Fellman.
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law Alex and Sharon Ray and their sons Benjamin, Sam and Jimmy, her son Jordan Ray and his sons, Aaron and Garrett, nieces Janice Moss and Livvy Roth, and nephew Larry Fellman.
Contributions in Jane’s memory can be made to the Aline Rutland Prayerbook Fund of Temple Emanu-El, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society or the charity of your choice.