Doris May Demetri

August 2, 1924July 28, 2018

Doris M. Demetri of Redford, Michigan was born on August 2, 1924, in St. Louis, Michigan. She passed away on July 28, 2018 in Garden City, Michigan at 93 years old.

Doris was the youngest of 4 children born to the late George and Viola Kohler. She was predeceased by her brothers Ronald, Gerald and Raymond and her husband Gus Demetri. She is survived by her daughter Patricia Demetri, grandson Patrick Demetri, great-grandchildren Gena Demetri, Jordan Hagen, Patrick Jr. Hagen (“PJ”) and Jacob Hagen.

After coming to Detroit, Doris married her loving husband, Gus Peter Demetri, who was born in Detroit, MI on May 22, 1922. They married on Doris’s 18th birthday in 1942. Together they raised their daughter Patricia in Redford, Michigan and took care of her mother, Viola, in their home until her passing. Doris always thought the world of her husband Gus who passed away on November. 5, 1995 at the age of 73 years old.

Pat worked at Burroughs Corporation and Sanders as a line worker and as a housewife. She had years of enjoyment watching Gena grow up and graduate from Thurston High School. Grandma Pat was actively involved in the Yocum’s karate class, encouraging Gena to learn and advance to achieve her black belt. Pat loved listening to Gena play the organ at home and, on occasion, Gena played at Fireside for the church members. She also had a love and fondness for her other great-grandchildren Jordan, PJ and Jacob. She enjoyed introducing them to karate as well as bringing them to church on occasion. She liked dining out, going to garage sales and craft shows with her long-time friend Bunny. Pat collected salt cellars, loved traveling in and out of the country and watching her favorite TV Soap opera, General Hospital. She was also well known in the community as “Pat” or “Grandma Pat,” who owned the bright red Camaro and loved giving and receiving hugs from everyone.

Along with spending time at karate events, Grandma Pat enjoyed time with Gena and the Yocum family: going to playgrounds, kid soccer games, bowling, the zoo, family events and holiday gatherings. In her later years, Pat got enjoyment from her adult coloring books and going to church at Fireside Church of God. She became very involved in many church activities, enjoying the company and friendship of church members. She loved helping with the Adult Care Center in the church and hanging out with her friends and other church members attending crafting and other events around town. Grandma Pat along with her joking side, wit, friendship and hugs will be missed by many.

Doris' life will be celebrated with a Memorial Service on Sunday, August 26, 2018 at 12:00 PM at Fireside-Church of God, 11771 Newburgh Road, Livonia, Michigan 48150. with a luncheon to follow. The service will be led by Pastor, Dave T. Burnett. She will be laid to rest on Monday, August 27, 2018 at 1:00 PM in Detroit Memorial Park West, Redford, Michigan.

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  • Memorial Service Sunday, August 26, 2018
  • Interment Monday, August 27, 2018

Doris May Demetri

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Kimberly Harris

August 28, 2018

Doris May "Pat" Demetri was one of the first members of FIreside Church that I met. She was at every Sunday service handing out the bulletins and hugs without fail. She attended every event at church and always wanted there to be more!
She was a special friend of my Dad and always greeted him with a hug and a kiss before service and visited with him afterwards. I felt privileged to know Pat and proud that she considered me to be a frien. We spent many hours on the phone together this past year and shared a lot of favorite memories and she would tell me of her outings with my sister-in-law, Gail, and her "DoDo" family. She was fiercely independent and continued to be that way until she died. I know she had strained relationships with her family members, but she always spoke of her great love for each of them and how much she missed them.
I will miss my friend, but am happy she is out of pain and is with her Lord.
Love you, Pat

Tarya Simo

August 26, 2018

Grandma Pat was the reason that I felt welcomed at Fireside Church the very first day, one year ago. We sat together often in church and for monthly fellowship meals because we loved each other. Fireside had a community outreach picnic with a petting zoo n tractor rides, amongst other fun things, last Fall. We sat together most of that day, hung out n I found out how strong-willed she is after she slipped getting off'f the tractor n seriously cut her leg n refused to go to ER. "That ain't nothin'! I have had worse n will tend to it myself!" My Mom & Grandma left Earth 2011 & 2008 n Pat filled that void perfectly. Gail Harris brought her to pick me up for an outing where we shared an Hungarian meal nearby with another church lady. She named us "The Rhapsody Sisters." I'm sad with myself at not calling her more often than I did. Life's finite n we need to stop dawdling n wasting precious time! Pat always rose to the occasion. My life is enriched for having had known n in sharing time n space with one outstanding Christian, Grandma Pat. I know that she's severely missed & Loved. Amen

Gail Harris

August 26, 2018

Pat as everyone knew her was so full of life, though she struggled in the past year she was ready to go anytime and almost anywhere... I had the honor of getting to know Pat after she lost her driver lisc. I would pick her up for bible study or volunteer and we became fast friends. We loved doing things like the movies, festivals,, shopping at walmart and especially our eating out.. Our sister in christ Nancy and her daughter Alexis joined us most of the time and we all would get some good laughs. Pat referred to us four as the DoDo's. the name stuck and we could be very silly...Pat had such a tender heart and she was so giving always... She donated to several charities and was usually the first to offer help if someone needed it. Pat loved children also.. always wanting to hold the babies. She was a tough and witty lady and I feel honored that I got to spend time with her... Love you always Dodo...

Geri Dial

August 22, 2018

Pat was a big supporter of Bible school and loved helping with the snacks. She loved playing games at church and took the job of greeting and passing out the bulletins with a hug come rain, snow, or shine seriously. I have spent lots of hour on the phone laughing, sharing, and praying with her which she greatly appreciated. I called her on Saturday night to remind her of the Gaither Music program she loved so much. She really enjoyed eating out and getting her fried sweet potatoes.She was extremely quick witted! I really miss her