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Charlotte Ray Willis

Charlotte Ray Willis, 75 years, passed from this earthly life and stepped into her eternal Heavenly home on October 8, 2020 at the Heart of the Ozarks Heathcare Center with her family by her side.

Charlotte was born July 5, 1945 in Mountain View, MO, the daughter of Clarence Ray and Opal Marie (Higgins) Thomason.

Charlotte and Kenneth Willis were united in marriage July 6, 1961 in California and to this union were blessed with three boys.

 Charlotte was preceded in death by her husband Kenneth in 2018.

Charlotte was a Christian, being converted at an early age. She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She spent her early married years living with her family in California, working alongside her husband in their cleaning businesses. She assisted with cleaning services, bookkeeping and scheduling. Charlotte’s pride and joy were her children, whom she lovingly raised and cared for. She always played a big part in many of their childhood school, social and church activities. She loved to cook and plan family dinners for all her family and friends. 

In the late 70’s Charlotte returned to Missouri with her husband and children. She and Ken then opened Willis Furniture in Ava and began a long career as antique dealers. Charlotte also had a talent for designing and making hand stitched crafts.

She continued to lovingly make these crafted treasures for her family and friends.

Charlotte is survived by her  three sons and their spouses, Kenny & Angie Willis, Bill & Debbie Willis, and Mark & Kim Willis, six grandchildren, Chase Willis, Aaron & April McNeil, Jesse & Kelsey Willis, Ashley Pierson, Brandon & Summar Reed, and Elanna Sabado, 10 great grandchildren, Tecumseh, Trapper, & Timber Willis and one-on-the-way, Dillon, Ethan, and Leo Pierson, Gavin and Blake Reed, Corbin & Hoyt McNeil, one brother, Harold Thomason, and a host of caring family and friends. 

Cremation services for Charlotte are being conducted by Clinkingbeard Funeral Home. A private family gathering will be conducted by the family at the Ava Cemetery. Online condolences may be made to