Mary Pat Bryan Raab
Apr 6, 2013
GARNER-Mary Pat Bryan Raab passed away on Saturday afternoon surrounded by her family.
Pat was born in Raleigh to William L. and Thelma S. Bryan. She attended Auburn University before transferring to UNC Greensboro to be near her boyfriend, Fred Raab, who attended Guilford College. She graduated with a degree in Math and Physics and prior to beginning a family, worked as one of the first computer programmers for what was then Carolina Power and Light. She and Fred were married in August of 1965 and for the next 25 years, she worked as a full time wife and mother.
Once her boys had left home, she dedicated the rest of her life to helping and serving others. There are stories too numerous to mention of the people who were helped in both small and large ways as a result of her kindness and generosity.
A Memorial Service will be held Wednesday April 11:00 AM at Aversboro Baptist Church Garner.
Mary Pat was preceded in death by her sister Joe Ann Bryan Westmoreland. She is survived by Fred Raab, her husband of 48 years and boyfriend since she was 6, her sons Matt and Mike and their wives Amy and Tara, and 4 grandchildren, Jonathan, Justin, Caitlin and Fiona. Also surviving is her sister, Phyllis Ford.
Family will receive friends Tuesday 6-8 PM at Bryan-Lee Funeral Home Garner.
In lieu of flowers, you are encouraged to make contributions to Water for Life / James Robinson which is involved in providing clean drinking water for undeveloped areas of the world.
April 7th, 2013 9:21 pm
I am deeply saddened by the death of my life-long friend, Mary Pat. She was a rare individual who always left you feeling better about yourself and about life. I will always cherish the many memories of our youth, and will always be inspired by the love she and Fred had over these many years.
Ray and Jo Ann Sorrell
April 7th, 2013 9:24 pm
We too are very saddened ... God will give you courage to bear this loss.
Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.
We are praying for you and the family at this time Fred.
Charles and Brenda Cotten
April 7th, 2013 10:38 pm
We are so sorry to learn of the loss of you best friend, wife, mother, grandmother and dear dear lady. May the memories you hold dear comfort you and your family during this time.
April 8th, 2013 12:49 am
Please accept my sincere condolences for your loss. She will be missed by many, Mary Pat was always such a breath of fresh air.
W. Lawrence Robertson
April 8th, 2013 7:42 am
Fred, I am very sorry to learn about Mary Pat. I know she was your best buddy and will be missed by all. Take care of yourself and may God bless. Larry
Billy and Katy Joye
April 8th, 2013 7:49 am
So so sorry to learn of Mary Pat's death. She was such a wonderful friend and classmate at Garner High School. She will be dearly missed by all. Our heart felt sympathy goes out to Fred, their children, and their family.
Harold and Barbara Alexander
April 8th, 2013 8:59 am
Matt, Amy, Justin and Jonathan, We were just so surprised to learn of this when it was announced in Church yesterday. Having just read about her, she really gave all she had to life, didn't she? We know you will miss her, but it would appear that the involvement she had with many worthwhile projects, her spirit will be with you forever.
Helen and Mickey Cochrane
April 8th, 2013 10:37 am
Our love and sympathy to the Mary Pat Bryan Raab family. They are long-time friends and we are grateful for knowing them.
April 8th, 2013 12:09 pm
Fred so sorry to hear about Mary Pat. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
April 8th, 2013 1:24 pm
My heartfelt sympathy to Fred and his family. Having spent time with Fred and Mary Pat discussing their proposed new home, I enjoyed getting to know them. She had a great sense of humor. You are in our prayers.
Gerald & Barbara Williams
April 8th, 2013 7:11 pm
Fred, we are so sad to hear of Mary Pat's passing. The memories we have of you two during our high school years are priceless. May God grant you and you family peace and comfort now and in the days ahead.
John Van Etten
April 8th, 2013 7:31 pm
Fred,so sorry to see your wifes obituary in the paper this morning while in Raleigh visiting our grand children. I entendmy sympathy to you and your family.
John Van Etten, Guilford Class 1967.
April 8th, 2013 9:09 pm
John Van Etten sent me the obituary on the passing of your wife Mary Pat. I was sorry to hear about her death and wanted to be remembered to you and your family.
Bob Fredrick - Guilford '65
Cindy Snider and family
April 9th, 2013 7:11 am
Our hearts and prayers are with you and your precious family. We are so blessed by her legacy and examples of love. Yaya sister in Missouri
Beth and Bonnie Yeargan
April 9th, 2013 7:53 am
Fred, we are very sorry to hear about Mary Pat. Our thoughts and prayers are with you
The Carolina Center for Integrative Medicine
April 9th, 2013 8:34 am
Fred, the staff wish to express their deepest sympathy at the passing of Mary Pat. She was truly a inspiration when present in our office. Peace be with you and your family.
Brenda and Mike Touchon
April 9th, 2013 9:10 am
Fred,we are deeply sadden by the loss of your sweet wife Pat. She was such a lovely person and could really simpathize with the raising of two boys.She was always a bright spot in my day when we would meet leaving church and always had such nice things to say about my boys. She will be missed but not forgotten.
Elaine and Rudy Curatolo
April 9th, 2013 11:52 am
Very saddened by this news. She is a wonderful person, always with a smile to bring happiness to all she came in contact with. To the entire Raab Family. We love you!
April 9th, 2013 7:15 pm
Fred - I have found myself in tears multiple times since getting the news. Pat was absolutely one of my favorite patients, one of the most brilliant persons I've known and someone I felt incredibly close to. Not very many people/patients have touched me like she did. I have really been surprised at how much her passing has touched me. I am so saddened to know that I won't get the pleasure and honor being with her again. She was one of a kind and we'll all miss her terribly. Please know you will always have friends at the Carolina Center.
April 10th, 2013 3:10 pm
I am so sorry for your loss. The Bible provides comfort during these difficult times. Revelation 21:3,4…states “And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away”. Very soon now, we will never experience losing our loved ones in death. Hope these words give you a new hope.
April 11th, 2013 8:32 pm
I was very saddened to hear of Mary Pat's passing. I have many fond memories from our school days. She was admired by all that knew her. Fred, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
June 25th, 2013 12:58 pm
We learned along time ago that you and I coedsinred different things to be music and what we coedsinred to be just sound. I personally am not a person that finds music in all my surroundings. For example foot steps coming down the hall at work on top of the sound of someone stapling is not music to me, maybe that's deficiency on my part. But to me this is not music, it doesn't convey emotion on the musicians end or through my ears.