Barbara Jean "Barb" (McIntyre) Ray, 75, had been a resident of Hilton Head Island, S.C., for nine years when she died Monday in hospice care at The Cypress of Hilton Head Island from a stroke.
She was born in Altoona, daughter of Kermit and Thelma McIntyre.
Surviving are her husband, John "Jack" Ray; a sister, Kay Dzmura; and a brother-in-law, Thornton Stearns.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Patricia Stearns; and a brother-in-law, Robert Dzmura.
Barb graduated in 1960 at the top of her class at Juniata College, where she majored in business administration. While a student at Altoona High School, she wrote a social column for the Altoona Mirror. She met her future husband, John "Jack" Ray, while in the seventh grade, but they did not marry until 1960.
After teaching at the elementary and secondary school levels in the Altoona School District, she left teaching to run her parents' business, McIntyre's Candies. McIntyre's, with locations in Altoona and Hollidaysburg, grew substantially under her leadership and was known for high-quality gifts and chocolates. McIntyre's became an important retail anchor for "intown" Altoona during the second half of the 20th century.
Barb and Jack worked long hours together at McIntyre's but also traveled extensively. In 2005, they retired in excellent health to Hilton Head Island, reluctantly leaving many lifelong friends in Altoona. In retirement, they walked about four miles a day and played golf with friends. Barb had a strong faith and at the time of her death was a member of Providence Presbyterian Church.
A memorial service will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 17, 2014, at Providence Presbyterian Church of Hilton Head Island, S.C., with a reception immediately to follow.
Arrangements are by Sauls Funeral Home of Bluffton, S.C.
The family suggests that, in lieu of flowers, gifts in Barb's memory may be given to the Deep Well Project of Hilton Head Island or the Hospice Care of the Lowcountry.