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After a long and fulfilling life, Raye Dodge Scalone passed away peacefully at the age of 99 on April 3, 2022, in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. She will be deeply missed by her family and many friends, and always remembered for her kindness and generosity.
She is survived by her daughter Carol Dodge (Bill) Laycock, son in-law Bruce Burton, stepchildren Penny (John) Kunzman and John (Jean) Scalone, 12 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren, her sisters Donna Norton and Bonnie Foote, and her devoted little dog, Henry.
Raye was predeceased by two loving husbands, Carl Dodge and Anthony Scalone, daughter Lynna Burton, grandson Stephen Laycock, sisters LaVee Lamb, Carol Boynton, and brother Ronald Beck.
Raye Scalone was born March 18, 1923, in Sanford, Colorado where both her maternal and paternal families lived. The San Luis Valley of Southern Colorado was an idyllic place to grow up and formed her happy childhood memories. In 1944, she met and married Carl Dodge and together they raised 2 daughters, Lynna and Carol, in Mesa, Arizona where they owned and operated the El Rancho Motel on Main Street for 20 years. Every October “winter visitors” poured into Mesa to escape the cold by basking in the “Valley of the Sun.” Many couples returned to their motel year after year and became part of the Dodge family.
Music brought Raye such joy. She played the piano well, taught her little girls to sing, and encouraged them to share their talents with others. They performed with Raye at the piano, wearing beautiful costumes she designed and made for them.
In 1972, both girls were in university, so Raye and Carl sold the motel, planning to travel. Sadly, Carl died suddenly of a heart attack that same year. With characteristic courage and an insatiable sense of adventure, Raye became a travel agent with Nielson Travel and spent the next 20 years escorting tours all over the world. She treasured memories of her many trips to Asia, Central Europe, Russia, South America, Australia, the Middle East, and Hawaii.
In 1978 Raye was embraced by the entire Scalone family when she married Anthony Scalone. They had 29 wonderful years together. He was a great cook, a loving husband, and all of Raye’s family loved him. She felt very blessed to have had two very happy marriages.
Raye was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She loved our Savior and served others with sincere compassion. In 2020, she moved to Canada to live with her daughter and son in-law, and humbly, bravely faced the ravages of dementia in later years, remaining kind, caring, and grateful to the end. Her life was one of love, dignity, and grace.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 16 at 10 AM with visitation from 9-10 AM at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints located at 230 North Val Vista Drive in Gilbert.
Our family sincerely appreciates the care given to Raye during the years she resided at American Orchards in Gilbert. We especially thank Aase Erickson and Becky Madden for making those years wonderful.