Wellsville, NY - Dorothy M. Ray, 95, a resident of Manor Hills, passed away on Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at Jones Memorial Hospital following a brief illness. She was born March 11, 1919 in Hammondsport the daughter of Monroe D. and Bertha (Sedgwick) Ray. On September 1, 1979 in Buffalo she married Russell Leech who predeceased her on December 11, 1996.
Dorothy was a graduate of Belmont High School. Upon graduation she was employed by the Allegany County Clerk’s Office. During WW II she worked for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Buffalo and the Veterans Administration. She was later employed by Cecile Mathern at Allegany Abstract in Belmont. In 1949 she began her career with Bell Aircraft Corporation, later known as Bell Aerospace Textron and retired in 1982. Returning to Allegany County she was a member of the Belmont United Methodist Church and the Catherine Schuyler Chapter of the D.A.R.
She is survived by a sister, Ruth (Joe) Brown of Sudbury, MA and several nieces & nephews; including Nancy Howbridge of Belmont. She was predeceased in addition to her husband, by a sister, Jeanne Howbridge and a brother, S. Bruce Ray.
Friends are invited to a memorial service on Monday, July 21, 2014 at 11:00 am in the Belmont United Methodist Church with Rev. Richard Hurd presiding. A reception will follow. Burial will be in Forest Hills Cemetery in Belmont. The family suggests memorial donations be made to the Belmont United Methodist Church, 7 Park Circle, Belmont, NY 14813. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.