Louise Crenshaw was born in Butler County on May 17, 1890, one of seven children. Her father was Thaddeus Crenshaw, who served three terms in the Alabama legislature. An ancestor, Andrew Crenshaw, served on the state supreme court and is the namesake of Crenshaw County.
Louise attended what is now Huntingdon College in Montgomery and also received a B.A. from the University of Alabama. She married lawyer Benjamin Ray on January 23, 1918. They had two daughters, Anna and Mary.
Ray published four collections of poetry during her lifetime. Color of Steel appeared in 1932, followed by Secret Shoes (1939), Strangers on the Stairs (1944) and Autumn Token (1957). Her poems were also included in various magazines and anthologies. In the early years she wrote about such topics as Alabama history and the natural beauty of the state. Later in life subjects like love, loss, and racial issues appeared.
Ray died October 23, 1956, in Birmingham.
Craig Legg's magnificent history of Birmingham poetry project has some more details. Here are Legg's first two paragraphs about Ray:
Martha Lyman Shillito was the seventh President of the Alabama Writers' Conclave [now Cooperative], serving in 1929-1930.
Mary B. Ward was Alabama Poet Laureate 1954-1958 just prior to Henderson. She was an original member of the Alabama Writers' Conclave [now Cooperative] and helped organize the 50th anniversary celebration in 1973. She was a feature writer for the Birmingham News and published poems in such places as The Saturday Evening Post, Saturday Review of Literature, Sewanee Quarterly, The New York Times, and The Washington Star.
Source: Encyclopedia of Alabama
Craig Legg's "History of Birmingham Poetry" Chapter 4, the 1930's blog post has an extensive discussion of Ray's life and her collection Color of Steel published by the University of North Carolina Press in 1932.
The three poems below are taken from the 1945 anthology Ray edited and include the name of the journals that originally published them.