Gerda Eva Tachlinski Ray, 86, of Spring Lake went home to be with her Lord and Savior on August 27, 2022 while surrounded by her loving family.\n\nGerda was born on June 4, 1936 in Poland to the late Elizabeth Dahl. She is survived by her husband of 41 years, Carl E. Ray and her children, Hans Jurgen Steiner, Monika Smith, Florentine Steiner, and Klaudia Steiner; ten grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.\n\nGerda was a loving mother and grandmother, not only to her own children, but to the many children she cared for in her daycare. Gerda was an active member of New Beginning Missionary Baptist Church and served as president of the flower committee and was also a church mother. She was a loving wife and homemaker who enjoyed making flower arrangements, participating in family gatherings, playing UNO, and watching wrestling and NASCAR. She will be deeply missed by her family and friends.