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Faith Lutheran Church

7769 Topanga Canyon Boulevard
Canoga Park, CA 91304
(818) 340-2170
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Raynoma Gordy Singleton dies in California - The Detroit News

Monday, December 12, 2016

Singleton died Nov. 11 in California, but in keeping with the very private life she led in recent decades, there was no news release or official obituary. Services were in Canoga Park, California, in mid-November. She was 79.“ ‘Miss Ray’ doesn’t seem to get due recognition in most accounts of Motown’s history, but she surely was a vital figure at the beginning,” said Adam White, author of “Motown: The Sound of Young America” with Motown executive Barney Ales.“This was a woman who could play 11 instruments and had perfect pitch,” White said. “Her formal music training gave structure to those early creative endeavors, and she knew how to bring the best out of young talent. Not to mention the fact that she found the building on West Grand which became Motown’s headquarters.”Along with Gordy’s formidable sisters, Singleton was one of the strong women who helped the failed record store owner build his empire and create a musical genre.“It’s to Berry Gordy’s credit that he gave significant responsibility to strong women, and Ray was one of those,” said historian White. “Even after a spell out in the cold, she eventually came back to Motown. She was family, and there always seemed to be a place for family there.”That “spell out in the cold” began after Motown sales vice president Ales discovered that Singleton, by then estranged from Gordy, was selling bootleg Mary Wells records in New York to help pay her bills.Her tell-all book, “Berry, Me, and Motown,” published in 1990, accused Gordy of not giving her sufficient credit or money and helped deepen the chill between her, Gordy and the Motown family.But the deep freeze didn’t last. In recent years, Singleton flew in to attend at least one Motown Museum fundraiser at the Detroit Marr

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JaNel Anderson Bay - Davisclipper

Monday, September 19, 2016

She nurtured people every bit as much as she did plants. She and Elvon moved often as he pursued career opportunities in construction management. They lived in Salt Lake City; Canoga Park, CA; Chula Vista, CA; Seattle, WA; Lake Zurich, IL; and Bountiful. In the midst of these frequent uprootings, JaNel provided cheerful, optimistic support for their seven children. She cared for grandchildren when they needed a home, and nursed Elvon and then her mother in their final illnesses.She instilled in her children a love of books and ideas and encouraged all of them in their academic pursuits. For many years she enrolled regularly in Institute classes and was a regular participant in her book club.She served devotedly in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She held many callings in Relief Society, in Young Women’s, and in Primary. For the past two years she has been a beloved Primary teacher. At the time of her death she was a temple ordinance worker, as she had been for 24 years, first at the Salt Lake Temple and then at the Bountiful Temple.She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and siblings Kent Anderson, Betty Anderson, Boyd Anderson, Boyce Anderson, Randall Anderson, and foster brother Mike Haskie. She is survived by siblings Alcea Slack, Sonja Bailey, Vernon Anderson, Sara Roper (Glen), and Robert Anderson (Nikki); by her children, David Bay (Coleen), Lisa Farrell (Randy), James Bay (Ariel Blair), Joanne Brzinski (Ted), Annette Pimentel (David), Stephen Bay (Nicole), and Nathan Bay (Alicia); and by 31 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren, and five great-great grandchildren.A viewing will be held Friday, Sept. 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Russon Brothers Mortuary, 295 N. Main St., Bountiful. Funeral services are Saturday, Sept. 17 at 2 p.m. at 102 E. 1400 South, Bountiful. There will also be a viewing at the church immediately before the funeral, from 12:40 to 1:40 p.m. Online guest book at www.russonmortuary.com.In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Church Humanitarian Fund.