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Ray steps into familiar role at Vale Senior Center

Barbara Ray was elected president of the Vale Senior Center last month. (The Enterprise/PAT CALDWELL).

VALE – Barbara Ray can still distinctly remember when she learned she was going to live in Vale.

The year was 1970 and Ray and her husband were in the process of moving away from Riverside, Calif.

“We had three teenage daughters and we wanted to get them out of the L.A. area,” said Ray.

They loaded up their travel trailer and drove to Boise. One day, her husband left early and went on a drive. Later, he called.

“I bought a house in Vale, Oregon,” he told her.

Ray’s reaction was immediate.

“I said, ‘Where the hell is Vale, Oregon?’”

That was 50 years ago but Ray is as . . .