OBITUARY

Deborah Rais

March 30, 1951October 2, 2020
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Deborah Lee Rais, age 69, of Northville, Michigan passed away on Friday, October 2, 2020. Deborah was born March 30, 1951 to Janice and Claude Patterson.

Deborah is survived by her husband, Robert Rais; daughter, Elizabeth (Tim) Pierce; granddaughter, Claudia Pierce; mother Janice Patterson. Deborah was preceded in death by father Claude Patterson; Sisters, Regina and Claudette.

Deborah was married to Robert on June 20, 1981. She was a member of St. Colette Parish, SAGA Smocking Arts Guild of America, Northville Garden Club, and the Women's National Farm & Garden Association. Deborah and Robert were recognized as the Family Of The Year through the Knights of Columbus. She was very passionate and creative about gardening, sewing and the arts. Deborah was known to open her home to friends and family. She was very selfless and always put others before herself.

A funeral in state for Deborah will be held Saturday, October 17, 2020 at 11:00 AM at St Colette Catholic Church, 17600 Newburgh Rd, Livonia, Michigan 48152 with a mass of christian burial at 12:00 PM. Deborah will be laid to rest at Glen Eden Lutheran Memorial Gardens. Contributions in Deborah's memory may be made to St Jude Children's Hospital; and Shriners Hospitals for Children, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, Florida.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.HarryjWillLivonia.com for the Rais family.

  • FAMILY

  • Claude Patterson, Father (deceased)
  • Janice Patterson, Mother
  • Robert Rais, Husband

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  • DONATIONS

  • St Jude Children's Hospital
  • Shriners Hospitals for Children

Services

  • Funeral In State

    Saturday, October 17, 2020

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Saturday, October 17, 2020

Memories

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Deborah Eliasson

October 15, 2020

I am blessed to carry her name and have known her hospitality and virtue. Bob always called me "little Debbee" to distinguish between the two of us when I visited. I liked that because I knew my mom had named me after someone kind and beautiful. When I visited she would open her home and made me feel welcome chatting about family and life over good food or a cup of tea.
I remember doing crafts with Aunt Debby, my mom and Grandma around Grandma's kitchen table in North Carolina. I loved the enthusiasm she had, creating something unique and beautiful. I still today am quite proud to have been born into a family with all these skillful crafting ladies.

Barbara Scappaticci

October 14, 2020

I had the pleasure of meeting Debby in the fall of 2009, when we were starting a new chapter of SAGA, the Great Lakes Smocking Guild. As our friendship grew, Debby enthusiastically became an officer of our chapter as well as being our president for a term. She often welcomed members to her home for meetings, always accompanied by lunch. She was a wonderful hostess.
Debby was a skilled in her embroidery and smocking, taking time to learn from other members of our chapter as well as teaching at our meetings.
Her smile, humor and consideration of others will be greatly missed.

Elaine Aylott

October 12, 2020

My dear friend Deb, beautiful, kind, sweet and generous. We had such fun when we were young and though for the last 46 years we had the Atlantic Ocean between us it didn't really keep us apart. Whenever we got together we just picked up where we left off ....holidays, road trips, weddings....great times.
Deb has been part of my life for 50 years and later part of my family's life, we all love you Debs and will miss you forever. Hope you have some Babycham where you are...Cheers.
We all send or love and thoughts to Bob, Betsy, Tim and Claudia.

Judy Weaver

October 12, 2020

My dear special friend, you will be remembered in my heart for always.

Lori Patterson-Morse

October 7, 2020

Our sweet cousin Debby will always have a special place in our hearts. So many wonderful family memories over the years and so special getting our Patterson family reunions back together the last 5-years. It was always so nice talking with her after my visits with our sweet cousins here in Florida…lots of laughs. We loved seeing her beautiful home and how much she loved entertaining family. She was an amazing wife, mom, daughter, grandmother, cousin, aunt and friends to many! We’ll miss her smile, laughs and our times together. Thoughts and prayers for Aunt Janice, Bob, Betsy, Tim, Claudia and our family.

Maryann Swadick

October 5, 2020

We enjoyed seeing Deb at our family reunions each year. She always had a smile for everyone and was very gracious and kind. Over the years, we began to share our love of card making and other crafts. She was so talented and I was amazed to see her beautiful smocking projects and other sewing items. You always felt comfortable with her. We will miss her very much!

Liz Murtfeldt

October 5, 2020

Debbie was such a kind and talented person and I’m so very glad I was able to share some fun times with her. She will be missed by so many. My heartfelt prayers go out to her family.

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Mom and Dad

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Mom learned she would be a grandma

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Mom and Dad

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Mom learned she would be a grandma

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Mom with Sally, Rachel, Monica and Michelle from the Rais Family

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Mom with her Parents and Niece and Nephews

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Mom with the Patterson's

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Holding her Granddaughter Claudia Caye Pierce for the first time

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Visiting CC in Madison

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3 Generations

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Mom and CC at Thanksgiving

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