Debra Jean Grain

October 29, 1973March 11, 2019

Debra Jean Grain, age 45 passed away March 10, 2019. Beloved daughter of Catherin and Alan; loving sister of Cheryl Grain and Rachel (Rob) Ritzenhein; proud aunt of Taylor, Levi, Greyson, Paxton, Maebel and Edith. Debra is survived by grandparents William Logsdon and Mary Lou Grain. Debra is also survived by her dogs Weed, Tyson and Creepy and many other loving family and friends.

Debra owed her own dog walking business called Debs Pooped Pouch. She was a huge 4-H supporter. She enjoyed hunting for mushrooms and sewing all sorts of things from clothes to bags. Deb was incredibly witty. She could bring a smile to anyone’s face and when you were with her you were bound to be laughing.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Royal Oak Animal Shelter or Detroit Pit Crew Dog Rescue.

Visitation will be held Wednesday 2:00pm to 8:00pm and Thursday 2:00pm to 8:00pm with a 7:00pm Funeral Service. Edward Swanson and Son Funeral Home 30351 Dequindre Madison Heights MI 48071. Please share a memory of Debra.


  • Visitation Wednesday, March 13, 2019
  • Visitation Thursday, March 14, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, March 14, 2019

Debra Jean Grain

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Hans Mosher

March 15, 2019

I met Deb through my Niece, Elly and her Husband Dave. Meeting Deb was one of those “there’s a reason we connect in ways we will never understand”. Deb was a gift in that she was funny, full of energy, and full of life. She had a “I don’t give a shit what you think” attitude that drew me to her immediately.

Deb was at my nieces wedding, and we connected instantly. Her and I had so much fun dancing and giving the guests so much to talk about(not dirty, all clean dancing fun).

In that evening, I came to know Deb better and realize that she was like “being inside joy”(Fun, not dirty).

And I will always remember her as being Joy. Unfurled and flapping in the wind, here on Earth.

We will look to the heavens and notice them brighter because of you you dance and laugh across the stars....❤️🎈

Renata Zielke

March 14, 2019

We met Deb 2 weeks ago when we were celebrating our 55th anniversary at Due Venti, not only is she an excellent waitress but in the matter of a couple of hours we became friends. We shared stories that made us both laugh, she told me about her niece whom she loves beyond words. We found we had much in common and exchanged phone numbers with the intention of getting together for dinner some time soon. What a wonderful impression she left me with.
I am so very sad that the world has lost such a beautiful person.
I feel honored and blessed for meeting her and her lovely smile.
I will forever keep her memory with me.
My thoughts and prayers are with all who knew and loved her, may she rest in peace.

Ron Stavale

March 13, 2019

We decided to go to the restaurant where our daughter Emily works. She set us up with Deb when we were there in February. Deb was very engaging, knowledgable and we totally loved our interaction with her. She pointed out the paintings on the wall made by a family member of the owners and other little snippets about Due Venti and the food preparations that happen. She put us at ease and we felt very much at home with her. What a lasting memory we will have of her. Our hearts are sand and we are sorry for your loss and the loss to her family and her other friends. We are thankful and fortunate to have met such a beautiful soul!

Tommy suiter Suiter

March 13, 2019

Goodbye my friend u will be missed

Melissa Landenberger

March 13, 2019

I was shocked and saddened to hear of Deb's passing. I got to know her through many Chef's dinners and always looked forward to talking and laughing together after those dinners. So sad, the world lost a very funny, bright spirit!

Autumn Austin

March 13, 2019

It is with a very heavy heart and disbelief that I'm writing this message. I was so saddened to hear of Debbie's passing. My heartfelt love and sympathy is extended to her parents, my Uncle Alan and Aunt Cathy, my cousins Cheryl and Rachel and Debbie's nieces and nephews. Debbie was a free spirit who never was afraid to be herself...she was such a beautiful person, a true ray of sunshine, she could walk in the room and happiness could be felt everywhere. I always loved talking with her. I wish I could have been in touch with her more. It just breaks my heart that another beautiful person has gone to soon. Heaven has opened its doors for you, I just wish it wasn't so soon. You made such a difference to this world with your genuine love for animals, your face would light up anytime you spoke about your furry family. May you rest in eternal peace...Forever in our hearts.
Heaven let your light shine down.

Margaret Moyer

March 12, 2019

Such a beautiful person. Her love for animals, especially rescues comes from the heart. I’m sure her pups are going to miss her! I pray you’re with your cousins Danny & David and my beloved Mom. I remember how much you liked her. Miss you forever!
Love, Cousin Margaret (Margie)

Robin Savage

March 12, 2019

As she sat in my living room 6 years ago, I couldn’t believe that I was meeting such a kindred spirit. I was interviewing her to be my dog nanny. Little did I know that that day would mark the beginning of a loving, strong and fitting friendship amongst two hippies. No one has ever understood me the way she did. The fire in our souls burned for the humane treatment of our fellow earthly creatures. We rescued, rehabilitated and loved many dogs. While she shakes up things in heaven, I promise to do good by her name. I will work even harder to save and protect animals where ever I go. Prayers of peace and healing to her family and all who loved her.

Lynn Marsa

March 12, 2019

Debra used to babysit my three pups when I was out of town. She was supposed to come to my house a few times each day for their care, but they ALWAYS ended up at home with her and sleeping with her 😊. She had a huge heart and I will miss her.

Mary Grain

March 12, 2019

The family of William and Mary Grain send their deepest heartfelt sympathy to Debra Jean Grain's parents and family. She will always be remembered as the sweetest person who always had a smile on her face and who was truly her own person, which we admired greatly. She is singing with the Angels now and bringing Joy to their hearts as she did ours. May She Rest In Loving Peace.