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Tanya Marie Pray

Tanya Marie Pray, age 45, of Parkers Prairie, died unexpectedly, Sunday, March 4, 2018, at Douglas County Hospital in Alexandria.

A Celebration of Life service will be held 11 a.m., Friday, March 9, 2018, at Folden Lutheran Church in rural Vining, with Rev. Rud Wasson officiating.  Music is provided by Melanie Koltes.  A private burial will take place at a later time.

A visitation will be 4-7 p.m., Thursday at Lind Family Funeral Home in Parkers Prairie and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church.

Tanya was born July 2, 1972, to Lyle and Diane (Olson) Pray in Montevideo.  Her family lived in Clarkfield until moving to Parkers Prairie in 1976.  Tanya attended Parkers Prairie Public Schools and graduated in 1990.  She worked at St. Williams Living Center and the Parkers Bakery.  Following her education, she attended baking school in Willmar and worked as a baker for the Whitney Hotel in Minneapolis.  Tanya worked for Carlson Trucking in Parkers Prairie before moving to Mesa, Arizona where she drove truck for road construction.  Later she attended school for law enforcement and worked as a guard at one of the roughest prisons in Florence, Arizona.  She moved to Georgetown, Colorado where she was a deputy sheriff.  Following the 911 tragedy, Tanya returned home to be with her family.  She owned a restaurant in Millerville and worked for the Douglas County Jail as an officer.  Tanya worked for the Parkers Prairie Ambulance and her final job before ill health was as secretary for First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Parkers Prairie. Tanya loved life and her world was her daughters.  She enjoyed visiting, making jewelry, fishing, camping, swimming and baking in her healthier years. Music was very special to Tanya and Adele was one of her favorites, especially her song, “Angels Among Us”.  

She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Carl Olson and paternal grandfather, Lloyd Pray.

Tanya is survived by her two beautiful daughters, Samantha Lynn and Eja Marie both of Parkers Prairie; parents, Lyle and Diane Pray of Parkers Prairie; two brothers, Brian Pray of Alexandria and Daren Pray of Vining; maternal grandmother, Ruby Olson of Montevideo; paternal grandmother, Lucille Pray of New London; two special nieces, Aaliyah and Ashleigh; and  many aunts, uncles and cousins. 

Urn bearers are Matthew Olson, Mark Olson, Derek Olson, and Devin Olson.

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Sympathy-May joyous memories give comfort, peace, & happiness during each day.

Sara & Gregg Wilkings

Gregg Wilking Mar 17 2018 12:00 AM

My sympathy and prayers to you, Diane and Larry. I read about Tanya's death in the Monte paper. I remember how fondly Grandma Ruby used to talk about her grandkids. Special thoughts are with all of you.

Maxine (Moe) Rademacher Mar 11 2018 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Tanya Pray

Jennifer (Lorsung) Reger - Friend and Classmate Mar 9 2018 12:00 AM

A Garden Path Vase was sent on March 8, 2018

In Loving Memory of Tanya. Blessed Be Her Memory. Dave & Gwen (and families)

Expression of Sympathy Mar 8 2018 12:00 AM

There is no pain or sorrow that Heaven can't heal I take comfort in knowing that Tanya had faith in that as well. She came to me during a difficult time in my life, she was my angel. I will cherish her memory always.

Jessica Wilson Mar 8 2018 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Tanya Pray

Joy Fagen Mar 8 2018 12:00 AM

My sincerest condolences to the Pray family. Always enjoyed her positive spirit. God's blessings.

Debra Jahnke Mar 7 2018 12:00 AM

I'm so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you all at this difficult time. Sending prayers and hugs. Jill and Michael

Jill Williams Mar 7 2018 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Tanya Pray

Steve & Holly Lenarz Mar 7 2018 12:00 AM

I am so sorry to hear of her passing. I have very fond memories of visiting with her in Mesa when we would go down for spring break. Prayers to her family.

Kirsten Williams Mar 7 2018 12:00 AM

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