Rayda Sue Neswick

Published 3:35 pm Friday, May 15, 2020

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Rayda Sue Neswick, 82, of Orange, passed away on May 14, 2020, peacefully at her home.

Cremation will be under the direction of Claybar Funeral Home in Orange with a private service to follow at St. Paul’s Episcopal Memorial Garden.

Born in Dallas, Texas, on March 26, 1938, she was the daughter of Jesse Ray York, Sr. and Emma Pearl (Love) Algor. Rayda was a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church where she served on the Flower Guild along with the Altar Guild. She loved painting with watercolors and tending to the flowers in her garden. Rayda’s greatest joy in life was spending time with her grandchildren who lovingly referred to her as “Mamaw”.  She enjoyed all things related to sports, dance, choir, and anything centered on her grandchildren. Rayda was immensely family oriented and made sure to never miss a family event. She was the best mother anyone could hope for and instilled that love in her family through the generations. Rayda will be forever remembered for her nurturing and loving spirit, kind personality and will be missed no matter how much time passes.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Jesse York Sr. and Emma Algor; loving husband of 19 years, Lawrence Glen Neswick; and brother, Jesse York Jr.

She is survived by children, Tracy Utz of Orange, Laurie Carpenter of Beaumont, Jill Hancock of Orange, and Jennifer Smith and husband Chris of Orange; grandchildren, William Kienzle, Justin Kienzle, Christopher Kienzle, Kristin Herrin, Kerry Carpenter, Tyler Carpenter, Joshua Watkins, Shelby Smith, Alexander Wray, and Allyson Wray; 14 great-grandchildren; sister, Janet Howard of Garland; and uncle, George Love of New Jersey.