Pixley Funeral Home


Patricia Christine McGraw

June 7, 1943February 12, 2021

Patricia Christine McGraw née Keller passed away peacefully on Friday, February 12 after a valiant fight with cancer. During this battle that lasted over 8 years, Pat remained optimistic and joyful never letting her challenges keep her down and her mantra was always “I’m the luckiest girl I know”. After retiring from a career as an elementary school teacher for the Pontiac schools, Pat enjoyed her second career as an artist. Her love of nature and color was as evident in her art as her love of people was evident in her life! Pat was loved by and will be missed by her brother and sister-in-law, Rick and Jo Keller; her nephews William (Kerri) Keller and David (Carrie) Keller; grand nephews and grand niece, Ryan, Andrew, Henry and Zoe and many dear friends. She leaves behind a legacy of joy, kindness and generosity. If you were ever lucky enough to receive one of Pat’s handmade notecards or one of her annual Christmas greetings in rhyme, your world will be a little less colorful now. She was an inspiration to all who knew her. In lieu of flowers, a donation to a charity of your own choosing could be made in Pat’s memory. She would have loved the variety of giving. A celebration of her life will be held at a later date.

I wonder what it would be like To live a life like she; Everyone a potential friend, Boundless creativity

After a career in school An asset to Mark Twain, She “retired” but went right back to class, An art student again

She shared her efforts, rightly proud Whenever we would meet; Books, paintings, other works, Some in process, some complete

Her animated stories, And laugh when we'd play games... when the family gets together now, It just won't be the same

I wish we could have another visit Alas I know we can’t; As I type, a tear in my eye, I love and miss my Aunt.

Patricia McGraw was a beautiful soul Her passing has made us all feel not quite whole She spread so much joy with her laugh and her smile She gave so abundantly, that was her style She taught many students in Pontiac schools To reach for the stars and follow the rules Her mem’ry reminds us to live out our passions Incorporate bright vivid colors in fashions Don’t take your life quite so seriously Or go through the motions deliriously Look at the world as an artist would do Lift up your friends and your enemies too She leaves behind brothers and sisters and nieces Nephews and others, she loved them to pieces. Farewell Aunt Pat, we will see you again And we’ll try to live more like you did until then


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Jacki Boyer

February 21, 2021

I met Pat 9 years ago through art. Her unique aura and always generous energy gave way to a beautiful and loving friendship. I am one of the lucky ones to have been able to spend time with Pat, who I called Pat Pat. We did many handmade book swaps and now I am gifted with her glorious art and enduring memories. Love to her

Darleen Urbanek

February 20, 2021

A beautiful person, inside and out. You had to take a number to join her for lunch as she had so many friends. I will miss those lunches of sharing and laughter.

Debra Gash

February 19, 2021

Pat was a wonderful human being. She exuded optimism and cheer, and made everyone around her feel at least a little bit happier with themselves because of her faith in us. She was heroic in that she did all this while she suffered.

She was truly a dedicated artist, spending time in classes, workshop retreats and alone time making wonderful art that reflected her life. Her work was generally cheery, open to experience, and very thoughtful- just like Pat.

I treasure the small books Pat made, ever so carefully. I am sorry that I did not make more of an effort to stay in touch throughout the pandemic. I miss my friend Pat.

Barbara Gittleman

February 18, 2021

I met Pat in the Michigan Needle and Textile Guild. We would share ideas and talk about our projects. We went to Shipshewana on a shop hop retreat. I remember helping her decide on fabric for an outfit she was going to make. Pat was so sweet and kind. I enjoyed talking with her. She will be missed and I will always remember her.

My deepest sympathy to her family.

Barbara Gittleman

Laurie Friedman

February 17, 2021

So very sad and missing her very much. Pat was the most positive person I’ve known in a long time. Her energy was the best and will be missed by so many. I’ll miss her in our abstract class and her never ending encouragement for all things. She was such a giving and loving person. My condolences to her family. May her memory be a blessing to all.

Carlene VanVoorhies

February 16, 2021

Pat was a wonderful person and good friend. We have many pieces of her art in our home, so we see Pat’s beautiful creations every day. Warm thoughts and sympathy to Rick, Jo and all the family.
Love, Carlene & Rob

Shirley Gower

February 15, 2021

I always enjoyed spending time with Pat. She was always upbeat and so kind. A very talented artist who shared her talents with others. She was a lovely soul who will be truly missed.

Paint Creek Center for the Arts

February 15, 2021

The following is a picture of Pat and a link to the 2015 Sister.s of the Brush Exhibition. Both Pat speaking and her artwork are featured:

Nicole Bush

February 15, 2021

Pat was a treasured student at Paint Creek Center for the Arts and spent much of her time in Kris Schaedig's Abstract Painting Class. She will be missed by PCCA staff, faculty, and fellow students.

Linda Sterns

February 15, 2021

So very sorry to hear about Pat's passing, she was a wonderful lady, and will be dearly missed. We met through our art and I enjoyed her positive attitude and talent.