Retired Ray’s Owner Elizabeth Gingrich Passes

elizabeth gingrich

We are extremely saddened by the passing of our longtime co-owner Elizabeth Gingrich, who died peacefully with her family by her side. She lived a long and beautiful life and we feel so lucky to have been a part of it. Elizabeth became an owner of Ray’s in 1975, and was also a bookkeeper here for a few years. She loved being at the restaurant and working side-by-side with the staff during that time.

Elizabeth was often behind the scenes at Ray’s but the impact she made during her years as an owner shaped the core values of what Ray’s embodies and is what continues to guide us today. She was the person who instilled Ray’s with the family atmosphere and it was very important to her that everyone who worked at Ray’s was treated like family. The legacy she created has been practiced and carried on ever since, and it is the sole reason we’ve had countless loyal team members with us for more than 20 years.

Elizabeth retired her ownership from Ray’s last year and we had a wonderful send off with her and her daughter Jane, reminiscing about all of the fond memories from the last 43 years! Elizabeth, you will be greatly missed and Ray’s is forever shaped by your vision, hard work and passion.

Phil + Elizabeth

2 responses to Retired Ray’s Owner Elizabeth Gingrich Passes

  1. Lael Simpson Wheeler June 29th, 2018 at 9:38 am         Reply

    So many familiar faces! Loved Pud and was so honored to know her through my friend Jane, my Tri Delta association and having worked at Rays one glorious summer in 1974 upon my 21st birthday! So many find memories!

  2. Leslie Danforth June 30th, 2018 at 6:58 am         Reply

    Jane, so sorry for your loss. Ray’s always is one if my favorite places to take friends and family. We have had many momentous family events celebrated there. I truly hope that the culture your mom created at Ray’s continues for many years. Blessings to you and your family during this difficult time. Love, Leslie Danforth

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