Raphael James Morris II

June 23, 1930 - December 04, 2012

Raphael James Morris II

June 23, 1930 - December 04, 2012


Raphael “Ray James Morris II

Raphael James Morris II (Tsats-ul-tun), Sunrise June 23, 1930 – Sunset December 4, 2012. Ray was known for his talent of carving and his beautiful singing voice. He had various jobs retiring from Intalco after 30 plus years, Lummi transit driver for over 7 years, tribal commercial fisherman, boat builder, tribal leader, and master carver with art at the Smithsonian. His most important job was being a loving, caring, gracious husband, father, grandfather, uncle, and friend. Ray was appointed and served on several commissions; the economic commission in 1999, fish commission, and planning commission. He traveled to Washington D.C. on several occasions for tribal business of which was for the authorization for the Silver Reef Casino and funding for the Lummi High School. Ray served on the Lummi Indian Business Council for 2 terms while serving as Vice Chairman and Lummi Indian Gaming Commission Chairman.

He is survived by his wife Ramona of 63 years; daughters Raydean (Bernie) Finkbonner, Raynell Zuni and Rayanne Morris; sons Raphael Morris III and Michael (Laurie) Morris; his sister Ruth Morris Solomon; grandchildren Ron Finkbonner Jr., Bridgett Finkbonner, Armando Brionez, Natasha Finkbonner, Brady, Brandon, and Bryce Morris, and Kyle Diehl; and 6 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his daughter Raynette Morris Finkbonner; brothers Leo, Thomas, and Ronald Morris; parents Raphael J Morris Sr. and Mary Ann Kelly Morris; grandparents James and Mary Lizzie Kinley Morris, Joseph and Mary Shay Kelly; and grandson Ryan Finkbonner.

Farewell Tribute Information

A Prayer Service will be Friday, December 7, at 6:00 PM. A Funeral Mass will be held Saturday, December 8, at 8:00 AM. Both services will be held at the Wexliem Community Building.

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10 responses to Raphael James Morris II

  1. I would like to express my sympathy for Ray’s passing. I wasn’t aquainted with him personally but I know he will be greatly missed. I wanted to share a few thoughts with you that have brought me comfort. In John 5:28,29 it gives the promise of a resurrection when it says ” the hour is coming when all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out”, and then in 1 Corinthians 15:26 it calls death an enemy and says it will be brought to nothing. These two promises bring me both comfort and excitement, hopefully they will do the same for you. If you would like to learn more please feel free to contact me.
    Sincerely B.Quintrall

  2. I only recently met my dear cousin Ray and in that short amount of time I could see how much of a gentle soul he was. He spoke very well, was very proud of his family and his home land. The last time I had seen him he was taking a break from his bus and I stopped and spoke to him and told him that we should get together for a meal again soon. As I close my eyes I can see that sweet infectious smile and I can hear his wonderful voice…. I just wanted to let everyone know how lucky you are to have had this man in your life…. I wish I had gotten to know Ray a whole lot sooner….. My sympathies to his wife Ramona and to his children, Raydean, Raynell, Rayanne, Raphael, Michael and his sister Ruth and the many grandchildren and great grandchildren. May the love of family and friends keep you strong in the days ahead and the memories that you share put a smile on your faces and in your hearts. My deepest condolences.

  3. India says:

    Gonna miss him coming into the office before his shift he always had a smile on his face and always made sure he acknowledged everyone around him. He’s a very special man that will be missed greatly by all…My condolences to the Morris Family

  4. To Ramona & all of Rays love ones, I just want you all to know that I am thinking of all of you as you mourn the loss of your husband, dad, & grandpa! I knew him from waiting on Ray & Ramona periodically at Hong Kong Garden over the 28 years I worked there! We are in AZ this winter but happened to see his obituary. Just know I am keepingyou all close in my thoughts. love & sympathy to all of you. Kathy

  5. Ray will be dearly missed he is such a kind and friendly man. I will miss his singing and great sense of humor. Prayers to the family in your time of need.

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