Janelle Ray Spilsbury, 74, of Mesa, AZ, passed away peacefully on September 5, 2017, surrounded by her family.
She was born December 9th, 1942, in Mesa, AZ, to Ellsworth Sims Ray and Betty Pearson. She was the 2nd of 11 children and adored her siblings who she treasured throughout her life. She graduated from Mesa High and married her sweetheart, Ralph Dee Spilsbury, on March 27th, 1964. Her family was everything to her- she was the beloved mother of 8 children, grandmother to 31 darling kids, and great-grandmother to 3 sweet girls.
She loved teaching her Montessori preschool to many children throughout the years, including many of her own grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She enjoyed serving in various callings in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but being in Primary with the children was always her favorite. Janelle’s deep-rooted love for her Savior Jesus Christ was apparent to all. She poured out light and love to everyone with whom she came in contact and served them with all of her heart. She was truly an angel on this earth and will be deeply missed.
She is survived by her husband Ralph, children Laura Jepson (Rick), Dave (Patti), Susie Petkovsek, Jeremy (Julie), Holly Eddy, Greg (Chelsea), Megan Turnbull (Josh) and 9 siblings. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Stephen Ray, son Aaron Eric, and grandson Chad Petkovsek.
There will be a viewing Friday, September 8th from 6-8 PM at Bunker’s Garden Chapel, 33 N Centennial Way, Mesa. Services will be held Saturday, September 9th at 10 AM, with a viewing at 9 AM, at the LDS Chapel located at 1911 N. 24th Street (McKellips and 24th Street), Mesa, Arizona.