Peterson Funeral Chapel
Mrs. Rayola Proffer of Aurora Missouri passed away on April 6 th, 2021 at the age of 93 to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and join her husband Elvis Proffer and many family members and friends who were waiting for her on her arrival in heaven.
Rayola was born on June 14th, 1928 in Junction Texas to Clarence F. ‘Shinny’ and Lula Burt (née Hodges) Chenault, the youngest of 7 children. Rayola always referred to her father and mother as ‘Papa’ and ‘Mama’ as did all the other family members. Papa and Mama operated the post office, gas station, and general store in Telegraph Texas where they also raised sheep and goats for the wool and mohair along with some beef cattle. Papa always said that Rayola was the best ranch hand he ever had. Rayola walked to and attended the Evergreen one-room grade school near Telegraph Texas and graduated from Junction High School in Junction Texas in 1946. She went on to Durham’s Business College in Harlingen Texas graduating in 1947 and became a valued and successful secretary in her long career. Rayola was working at Kelly Field Air Force Base in San Antonio Texas when she met Elvis Proffer, then a Sergeant in the Air Force after returning from WW2. They were married in 1950 and remained so until Elvis’ death in 2019. They raised two sons, Terril R., and Jerril G. Proffer.
Throughout their life together, Elvis and Ray lived and traveled to many places, and especially loved their time living in the Mojave Desert at the base of the Sierra Mountains in California, eventually retiring in Aurora Missouri in 1996. Throughout her life, Rayola always said that no matter where she lived, she was always a ‘Texan’ at heart and always looked forward to visiting family and friends still living in the hill country of Texas. Rayola was a true servant to her family. She loved and doted on her children and grandchildren and loved animals. She spent her remaining years caring for her husband Elvis until his death. In her quiet way, Rayola always endeared herself to others. She was loved by family and friends and will be missed by those she leaves behind until reunited in heaven.
Rayola was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Blake Chenault, Nunelee Chenault, Jimmy Chenault, and sisters Polly Majirus and Bernice Howard.
She is survived by her son Terril of Westminster Colorado, son Jerril (Sam) and his wife Beverly of Gillette Wyoming, beloved sister and closest friend, Joyce Tumlinson of San Antonio Texas and many nieces, nephews, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held Friday, April 16 at 2:00 p.m. in the Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Springfield under the care of Peterson Funeral Chapel.
Visitation will be held Friday from 11:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. in the funeral home.