Mary Etta Ray Shambaugh

Published 3:37 pm Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Mary Etta Ray Shambaugh, 81, of Columbus, N.C. passed away Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016 at the Hospice House of The Carolina Foothills in Landrum, S.C.

Born in Haywood County, she was the daughter of the late Robert Lee and Eugenia Nelson Ray. Mary was also predeceased by her brother Arthur Lee Ray.

Mary was very devoted to her community. She worked with Thermal Belt Outreach as a volunteer and she was a member, treasurer and an elder at Columbus Presbyterian Church. Mary was also a member of the Columbus Town Planning Board and an active member of NCAEOP. Mary was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. She loved her children and her dog Bo. She also was an avid reader, enjoyed theatre and travel.

Sign up for our daily email newsletter

Get the latest news sent to your inbox

Mary is survived by her son Keith; two daughters Karen and Katrina; and two brothers Harry Gordon Ray (Pat) and Jerry Dean Ray.

A Celebration of her Life will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016 at Columbus Presbyterian Church with Reverend, Dr. Phil Dunford officiating. The family will receive friends from 10 to 10:45.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of The Carolina Foothills, 130 Forest Glen Drive, Columbus, NC 28722 or to Columbus Presbyterian Church, 21 Peniel Rd., Columbus, NC 28722.

An online guest register is available at

McFarland Funeral Chapel
Tryon, N.C.