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Ray Ann Hargrove-Huttel Obituary


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“Wow, I am sitting here today crying and reading all the kind words from the people who shared their memories of my sister, hero, best friend, and...Read More »
1 of 41 | Posted by: Debra Hargrove - lubbock, TX

“I knew Ray Huttel while I went to west coast university. I was really having a hard time getting through nursing school and she was always there to...Read More »
2 of 41 | Posted by: Michael Giordano - CA - Student

“Dr. Ray was an incredible nurse, mentor, teacher, and friend. She will truly be missed by anyone that had the privilege to meet her. While she was...Read More »
3 of 41 | Posted by: Rachael Downing - Lubbock, TX

“I loved Ray. Like so many of her friends, I feel a light has gone out. Aaron and Teresa, your loss is great--she was a rock and she loved you very...Read More »
4 of 41 | Posted by: Janet Lumpkin - Terrell, TX

“Ray, you leave behind an enduring legacy of love, friendship, care, and tender compassion...a true friend that will be well remembered. I'll see you...Read More »
5 of 41 | Posted by: Larry Colgrove - Mesquite, TX

“Dr. Huttel was my preceptor when I was taking my MSN in 2009. She's my mentor and I would never forget her. She has a great passion for Nursing and...Read More »
6 of 41 | Posted by: Heinrich Marie Huerto RN, MSN, ONC, CMSRN - CA

“Wow - what can you say about Ray. She was my friend, my boss, my kids babysitter so I could go to school at night. And she always had an ear for me...Read More »
7 of 41 | Posted by: Glada Norris - Kaufman, TX

“I can not imagine how your hearts must ache. I just found out about Ray's death this morning and my heart sank. She was a wonderful person. I...Read More »
8 of 41 | Posted by: Kathy (Boyd) Wilson - Terrell, TX

“I NEVER WILL FORGET WHEN I FIRST MET MY BEST FRIEND. WE HAVE BEEN THERE FOR EACH OTHER FOR 42 YEARS. SHE HELPED ME WITH MY KIDS AND THEN TOOK THE...Read More »
9 of 41 | Posted by: DEBBIE WHITE - TERRELL, TX

“I knew Ray a few years before becoming her student when I started bowling in her league. My wife who had Ray change her life years before in nursing...Read More »
10 of 41 | Posted by: Charles Rutter - Forney, TX

“The few times I got to visit with Ray she was a very sweet lady. She thought my Son was something else.Your family will be in my prayers. ”
11 of 41 | Posted by: Pattie Chenault - Lubbock, TX

“A mentor to many and a friend to all. Ray will be missed. Thoughts and prayers go out to all of her family and friends. ”
12 of 41 | Posted by: Anne Davidson - Terrell, TX

“To the Huttel and Hargrove family..Ray was one of a kind. I went to school with Ray and later in life she was on of my instructor at TVCC. I am...Read More »
13 of 41 | Posted by: Debbie Meeks - Terrell, TX

“I HAVE KNOWN RAY FOR A LONG TIME AND SHE GREATLY ENCOURAGED ME TO CONTINUE TO GET MY ASSOCIATES DEGREE IN NURSING I TRULY LOVED RAY AND SHE WILL BE...Read More »
14 of 41 | Posted by: ROSEMARY ROBERTS RN - TX

“Ray was one of the kindest people I have ever known. I will never forget her soft, sweet voice. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. ”
15 of 41 | Posted by: Kay Martin - Terrell, TX - friend

“Teresa and Aaron your mother was an amazing woman, and my heart and prayers go out to you both. Aunt Ray, I will miss your sweet spirit. Your warm...Read More »
16 of 41 | Posted by: Adam Alaniz - Lubbock, TX

“I remember Ray Ann from Terrell High School - such a sweet person and always smiling. My thoughts and prayers are with her family during this sad...Read More »
17 of 41 | Posted by: Martha Darst - Dallas, TX

“Ray was a beautiful woman inside and out. She fought her illness with courage and dignity..and now she has found peace. You will be missed my...Read More »
18 of 41 | Posted by: Sue Burch Hunmphreys - Terrell, TX

“Ray, You will never know what an impact you had on my life. Not only were you a phenominal nursing instructor, you were a great friend. You guided me...Read More »
19 of 41 | Posted by: Julianne Williams - Terrell, TX

“Aunt Ray, I will truly miss you. You were such a HUGE part of our Special Olympics teams and a Homeroom mother to Debra's and my students. You are...Read More »
20 of 41 | Posted by: April Benavidez - Lubbock, TX

“Ray was a awesome instructor and a great person. I loved the way she taught. I am so sad to hear the news of her passing. She will forever be missed....Read More »
21 of 41 | Posted by: Dawn Cuningham - Plano, TX

“You will be missed you have helped alots of peoples in nursing school. ”
22 of 41 | Posted by: carolyn Garrett & family& Grace Okora - TX

“Teresa and Aaron, My heart goes out to both of you. Always remember that your mother loved you with all her heart and soul. I haven't seen you in...Read More »
23 of 41 | Posted by: Rosemary Moore - Rockwall, TX

“A friend who is missed. She offered us all so much. Katherine Smith ”
24 of 41 | Posted by: Katherine Smith - Terrell, TX

“I know that Ray was a wonderful person who loved all the kids and people she met. I pray that God surrounds the family and comforts them at this time...Read More »
25 of 41 | Posted by: Tonya Harris - lubbock, TX

“May the light from your candle continue to shine on the paths you created. ”
26 of 41 | Posted by: Betsy Manchester - Northridge, CA

“I shall miss you, my friend. You certainly left your soulprint on my life and on the lives of many. ”
27 of 41 | Posted by: Betsy Manchester - Northridge, CA

“I will miss Ray Ann. She was always cheerful whenever you saw her. My deepest condolences to her family. ”
28 of 41 | Posted by: Ronnie Smith - Ferris, TX

“Ray is such a loving and giving person...she loved her friends, students,and her dogs, she especially loves her kids and her sisters! The sparkle in...Read More »
29 of 41 | Posted by: Karen Delaney Smith - Irving, TX

“To her family: I am sorry that we can't be there for her service, but the weather changed our plans. Gary & I considered her to be a good friend & we...Read More »
30 of 41 | Posted by: Gary & Sue Airheart - Canadian, OK

“Ray Ann has left a great legacy for us all. She was always full of joy and an encouraging word to all. I will never forget her smile and twinkling...Read More »
31 of 41 | Posted by: Lori Lindsey - Terrell - Friend

“Don't be sad- I am in a snowflake, I am in the rays of sun, I am in the sparkling of stars I read this poem today and Ray immediately came...Read More »
32 of 41 | Posted by: Nova Adamson - Austin, TX

“Ray was a very special woman...she did everything with zest! She was an excellent educator and a wonderful mentor. I worked with Ray in the UTA RN...Read More »
33 of 41 | Posted by: Dolores S Aguilar - Garland, TX

“Ray convinced me to go to nursing school and was very instrumental in my success. She was my instructor, mentor, friend and hero. She followed her...Read More »
34 of 41 | Posted by: Reta Fieldsmith - Terrell, TX

“Ray was a true inspiration to anyone in the nursing profession. She was my mentor, and I know that I am a better nurse because of her. She taught me...Read More »
35 of 41 | Posted by: Samantha Hinton - Mesquite, TX

“Dr Huttel was such a powerful influence on all those she encountered. I had the pleasure of working with her both in class at Texas Tech and out of...Read More »
36 of 41 | Posted by: Amanda Jones - Lubbock, TX

“Ray was my hero and my mentor! I will miss her very much! The Hargrove and Huttel families are amazing people. Thank you for sharing her with me and...Read More »
37 of 41 | Posted by: Becky geist - Lubbock, TX

“I graduated in 1998 from TVCC and remember all of my nursing school experiences very fondly. All the staff was great, but Ray was a great leader...Read More »
38 of 41 | Posted by: Angel Cheatham - Round Rock, TX

“May the special memories you have of your mom and sister warm your heart. She was truly a blessing to those she touched, faculty, students, and...Read More »
39 of 41 | Posted by: Ann Hagstrom - Lubbock, TX

“May all the special memories of your Mom get you through this trying time. She will always hold a special place in my heart. Love always, Ryanne ”
40 of 41 | Posted by: Ryanne Hamilton - Terrell, TX

“I wanted to let you know that your mom, Ray Ann, was the best example of a kind hearted, gentle, compassionate and selflessly giving person. She...Read More »
41 of 41 | Posted by: Max Slayton - Terrell, TX


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The bright light that was Ray Ann Hargrove-Huttel, 57, was extinguished Sunday, December 23, 2012. She died after a courageous battle with cancer with her family at her side. Ray is survived by her daughter Teresa Huttel of Lubbock, Texas and son Aaron Huttel and his fiance, Courtney Rosenthal of Terrell, Texas. She also leaves behind her sisters Gail Hargrove and Debbie Hargrove and her partner, Paula Newman, and their son Benjamin Newman-Hargrove. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Huttel, and her parents Leo Ray and Nancy Ann Hargrove.

Ray was a caregiver from her early years when she served as a candy-striper in Terrell, Texas. She worked as a nurse for 35 years, beginning her career as a Captain in the U.S. Army. Later, she became a nurse educator, earning her PhD in Nursing at Texas Woman's University in 1988. Dr. Huttel authored several nursing books, taught nursing board review courses across the country, and was a nursing instructor at Trinity Valley Community College in Kaufman, Texas, served as Associate Dean of Nursing at West Coast College in North Hollywood, California, and, at the time of her death was Associate Professor at Texas Tech University School of Nursing. Ray loved teaching and cherished her role as a mentor.

Ray was as generous in sharing herself and her life as she was in sharing her knowledge. She volunteered with Special Olympics in Lubbock, Texas and was "Aunt Ray" to many young people. Ray loved bowling, traveling, seeking new adventures, meeting people, spending time with friends and family. She was a vibrant, caring soul who enriched the lives of those who knew her. She will forever be missed by her family and friends.

Her service will be held Thursday, 2:00 p.m., December 27, at Anderson-Clayton Bros. Funeral Home. Visitation will be 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., also on Thursday, December 27. Interment will be at Oakland Memorial Park, Terrell, Texas. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Special Olympics, Lubbock LUB17 Chapter, 1318 13th Street, Suite 7, Lubbock, Texas 79410 or the Mary Hardy Foundation, TVCC Health Science, 800 Ed Hall Drive, Kaufman, Texas 75142.