Traverse City Record-Eagle


March 9, 2014

Deborah Rae

AuSABLE TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Deborah Merrill Weir Rae loved life. She delighted in the sunrise, the waves of Torch Lake, every blossom in her garden, the birds which came to her feeder, any dog who crossed her path and every person she met. Most of all, she adored her husband, the love of her life, Robert Rae.

Debbie left her husband, family and friends in the early morning hours of March 1, 2014, with her husband beside her at their AuSable Township home, following a courageous and graceful battle with lung cancer and emphysema.

Deborah was predeceased by her parents Lloyd and Maxine Weir, brother Steven Weir and stepson Eric Rae. She is survived by her husband, Robert Rae; sister, Kim Weir (Robert) Snyder of Naples Fla.; stepson, Casey Rae of California; nephew, Dr. Christopher (Jennifer) Dollar of Rochester; niece, Catherine Dollar (Donald Simmons) of Clarkston; sisters-in-law, Karen (Roy) McNish of Clarkston, Nancy (Dave) Neal of Ann Arbor, JoAnn (Forrest) Hayes of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. and best friends Holly Nelson and Linda Fonger.

Deborah was born in Bad Axe, Mich. and later moved to Traverse City. She graduated from Carmen High School in Flint.

Those wishing to make a donation in her name may consider the “Reverence Home Health & Hospice,” St Joseph Health System or the Iosco County Humane Society. You may also offer condolences at

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