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Contessa Caprice Foreman Ray, 56, of 601 Second Avenue, New Bern died Saturday, May 5, 2018.

The family will receive friends at the residence.  Viewing hours are Thursday, 9:30 AM to 6:00 PM at Oscar's Mortuary and at UPHC Friday 
1:00 to 2:00 PM.

Her funeral service is 2:00 P.M., Friday, May 11, 2018 at UPHC-James City 716 Williams St.   The interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery.

Contessa was a 1980 graduate of New Bern High School and attended N. C. Central University.  She was employed in the Health Care Industry with Universal Mental Health and  Better Connections. She was previously employed with Craven County School System, Life Mental Health Systems and RHA Howells. 

She is survived by her daughter, Freniece "Necey" N. Ray, New Bern; her mother, Eva Jones Foreman, New Bern; brother, Lt. Col Elmer D. Foreman, Waldorf, MD, two sisters, Vanessa Foreman Clark, Fayetteville, NC and Allanea Foreman, Lorton, VA.




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  • Monday, May 07, 2018
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
    ~ Oscars Mortuary
  • Tuesday, May 08, 2018
    To Contessa's family. I will keep you uplifted in prayer. “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1
    ~ Vicky Davis   New Bern, NC
  • Tuesday, May 08, 2018
    I am sadden to hear the news of your dearly beloved sister transition . I pray for God's strength and peace for the family during this difficult time. '" God's has said , I will never leave you: I will never abandon you " Hebrews: 13:5
    ~ Allan Griffin   GLEN BURNIE, MD
  • Tuesday, May 08, 2018
    I will see you again on the other side. God bless you and your family. He received another Angel. You up there with some beautiful folks
    ~ Zenobia Holmes   Bladensburg, MD
  • Tuesday, May 08, 2018
    Dear Family, I'm so sorry to hear of the loss of your loved one Ms. Contessa. My sincere condolences to you all. May beautiful memories that you shared with always be precious moments. May the God of all comfort caress your heart with his loving promise to one day reunite you together again in the future paradise mentioned at Revelation 21: 4, 5. Our Heavenly Father Jehovah (Psalms 83:18 ) knows the many tears you cry and he will sustain you if you let him. May these words comfort you during this difficult time.
    ~ Sandrah
  • Tuesday, May 08, 2018
    My condolences go out to the family. I met Contessa through the mentoring program. We talked often at Special Needs Zumba and bowling. She was always friendly, upbeat, and helpful. I will miss her positive words, encouragement, and beautiful smile! Stay positive and know that Heaven has welcomed another angel home!
    ~ Brenda Kent   New Bern, NC
  • Tuesday, May 08, 2018
    Necey, Mrs. Foreman and family, our hearts go out to all of you in this most difficult and sorrowful time. You have our deepest and most sincere sympathy. There are no words to convey the sense of loss, my family and I feel at the passing of our beautiful, spirited sister and dear friend. We loved her and will always treasure her memory. Contessa was an ever present part of our lives and will truly be missed. Just know that God is still God and He never makes mistakes, only trust Him and believe. He will never leave you nor forsake you. Praying God's peace and comfort upon you all. Your loved one is resting safely in the arms of Jesus and you shall see her again. Keeping you all lifted in continual prayer.
    ~ Debra Bell   Havelock, NC
  • Wednesday, May 09, 2018
    My condolences to the family. Praying for each of you. May God continue to bless each of you.
    ~ Carla Moore   New Bern, NC
  • Monday, May 07, 2018
    To 'Necey' and the rest of Contessa's family, I am shocked and saddened to hear of Contessa's death. Please know that I am praying for your comfort, strength and healing. She is already missed but keep her memories in your heart until you meet again and never have to say good-by anymore. Love & prayers, Vivian
    ~ Vivian Hargett   New Bern, NC
  • Friday, May 11, 2018
    I am sorry for your loss, please accept my sincere condolences. I hope the family will find some comfort and strength in Jesus promise of the earthly resurrection(Acts 24:15)and the renewed Paradise earth, where death will be no more and no family will mourn the death of a loved one.-Revelation 21:3,4;John 5:28,29;Luke 23:43. may GOD(Psalms 83:18)grant you peace and comfort now, during this grievous time.-Matthew 5:4.
    ~ M Jones   New Bern, NC
  • Wednesday, May 09, 2018
    Dear Mrs. Eva Foreman, Freniece Ray, & Family, I am so very sorry to hear of Contessa's passing! My prayers are with you! May you all find comfort in GOD during this difficult time and in the days to come.
    ~ Pat Toon   New Bern, NC
  • Monday, May 07, 2018
    To Contessa's family, I pray God give you the strength to endure this time. My heart was sadden to hear about Contessa. I learned her during her days working at Howell's and she was a dear friend of my niece. Through the years we grew to love each other. Necey you and my daughter were debutantes together in 2012. May God bless you and the family.
    ~ Claudia Haddock   Pollocksville, NC
  • Wednesday, May 09, 2018
    Dear Mrs. Eva Foreman, Freniece Ray, & Family, I am so very sorry to hear of Contessa's passing! My prayers are with you! May you all find comfort in GOD during this difficult time and in the days to come.
    ~ Pat Toon   New Bern, NC
  • Wednesday, May 09, 2018
    Dear Mrs. Eva Foreman, Freniece Ray, & Family, I am so very sorry to hear of Contessa's passing! My prayers are with you! May you all find comfort in GOD during this difficult time and in the days to come.
    ~ Pat Toon   New Bern, NC
  • Wednesday, May 09, 2018
    Long time associate,
    ~ Alfus Irving   James City, NC
  • Wednesday, May 09, 2018
    To the Foreman Family, I was saddened to hear about Contessa's death. I pray Gods comfort and peace to your family at your time of bereavement.
    ~ Sonia Fonville   New Bern, NC
  • Friday, May 11, 2018
    Sorry for the loss of a beloved family member. May you find comfort in the promise at Isaiah 25:8 that says God will one day "swallow up death forever" and at that time there will be no more tears ,death, mourning or pain. Rev. 21:4.
    ~ J Weeks   New Bern, NC
  • Wednesday, May 09, 2018
    To the Family, My condolences and prayers to your family. Contessa was a dear friend of mine since our friendship began at Howell's. She had a great spirit aand personality. We would babysit each others kids. She loved her "Frenece" and her family! I will miss her smile, laugh, and our phone calls. We didn't talk everyday, but when we did, there would be alot of catching up involved. I thank God for allowing us to be friends. Family please continue to have faith and stay strong in the Lord. With sincere love and deepest sympathy, Michelle Pelham
    ~ Michelle Pelham   Hope Mills, NC
  • Wednesday, May 09, 2018
    To the Family, My condolences and prayers to your family. Contessa was a dear friend of mine since our friendship began at Howell's. She had a great spirit aand personality. We would babysit each others kids. She loved her "Frenece" and her family! I will miss her smile, laugh, and our phone calls. We didn't talk everyday, but when we did, there would be alot of catching up involved. I thank God for allowing us to be friends. Family please continue to have faith and stay strong in the Lord. With sincere love and deepest sympathy, Michelle Pelham
    ~ Michelle Pelham   Hope Mills, NC
  • Wednesday, May 09, 2018
    To the Family, My condolences and prayers to your family. Contessa was a dear friend of mine since our friendship began at Howell's. She had a great spirit aand personality. We would babysit each others kids. She loved her "Frenece" and her family! I will miss her smile, laugh, and our phone calls. We didn't talk everyday, but when we did, there would be alot of catching up involved. I thank God for allowing us to be friends. Family please continue to have faith and stay strong in the Lord. With sincere love and deepest sympathy, Michelle Pelham
    ~ Michelle Pelham   Hope Mills, NC
  • Wednesday, May 09, 2018
    To the Family, My condolences and prayers to your family. Contessa was a dear friend of mine since our friendship began at Howell's. She had a great spirit aand personality. We would babysit each others kids. She loved her "Frenece" and her family! I will miss her smile, laugh, and our phone calls. We didn't talk everyday, but when we did, there would be alot of catching up involved. I thank God for allowing us to be friends. Family please continue to have faith and stay strong in the Lord. With sincere love and deepest sympathy, Michelle Pelham
    ~ Michelle Pelham   Hope Mills, NC
  • Wednesday, May 09, 2018
    Foreman/Ray family: Please know how saddened I am for the loss of my friend and classmate - both at NBSHS and NCCU. Beyond high school, we shared freshman year together at NCCU. Contessa's warm beautiful smile, warmed many of my freshman days. I am so very blessed to have known this beautiful spirit over the years. Contessa will always hold a very special place in my heart. Please accept my deepest condolences. R.I.H dear classmate. Sadly submitted, 1980 NBSHS classmate
    ~ C. Jerome Foy   Mitchellville, MD
  • Tuesday, May 08, 2018
    To the family of Contessa, I was sadden to hear of the passing of Contessa. I knew Contessa through work in the Health field. She was such a free spirit and always had an up beat attitude. I will be praying for you and your family during this time. God Bless Tina Cayton
    ~ Tina cayton   New Bern, NC
  • Thursday, May 10, 2018
    To the Foreman Family, We send our deepest condolences and know that you are in our prayers
    ~ Wanda, Cynthia and Kimberly Rodgers   NC
  • Wednesday, May 09, 2018
    My condolences to the family. So sorry to that Contessa has gained her heavenly wings. I will miss her dearly.
    ~ Lori Davis   Pollocksville, NC
  • Thursday, May 10, 2018
    To:The Foreman & Ray family, I was sadden to hear of the passing of contessa, know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Wishing you the peace of GOD to bring you comfort and courage to face the days ahead and the precious memories that you will forever hold in your hearts. With deepest sympathy Keither Gooding Jr. Class of 1980r
    ~ Keither Gooding Jr.   Greenbelt, MD
  • Saturday, May 12, 2018
    Sending my condolences to the family, she was a hilarious person and I loved working with her. Wishing you all peace during this time of need. Stay blessed family. SIHP!
    ~ Denisha Andrews   New Bern, NC
  • Sunday, May 13, 2018
    Ms. Foreman, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. May God comfort you during this difficult time.
    ~ Myra Flowers   New Bern, NC
  • Tuesday, May 15, 2018
    Condolences to all loved ones during these difficult days. Please take comfort in knowing that the God of love and tender mercies assures us that He will swallow up death forever and wipe tears from all faces. (Isaiah 25:8). I am sorry for your loss.
    ~ Char
  • Thursday, May 17, 2018
    I am so sorry to read about the passing away of your love one. Please accept my sincere condolences. May the family find comfort and support in the Holy Scriptures knowing that Jehovah God is aware of your distress during this time of grief.-Isaiah 66:13. God loves us and HE knows the pain that death causes those left behind.
    ~ P Land   Owings Mills, MD
  • Tuesday, May 29, 2018
    Family of Contessa Ray, I am so sorry for your loss. During your time of need I would like to offer you some comfort from the Bible. Jehovah God knows exactly how you feel and he wants to be there for you. . 2 Cor 1:3,4