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Obituary for Loraine Oatis

Loraine  Oatis
Loraine Oatis was born February 17, 1933 in Wilmer, Alabama. She
was the only child born to Johnnie Davis and Anna Belle Brown. Both
preceded her in death.

Loraine was educated in the Mobile Alabama school system. She was
baptized at the Shiloh Baptist Church in Mobile and married Redemus
Oatis on May 21, 1950 in Mobile. To this union five children were born
Deborah, Milton, Princess, Jacqueline and Ronald. Redemus, Milton
and Princess have preceded her in death. The family traveled to various
locations with the US Army and moved to Detroit in 1959. She began
her working career as a cook at the LaSalle Nursing home Detroit. Not
being satisfied with just cooking, she attended Oakland Community
and Wayne County Community colleges and earned certification to be a
dietitian. She began working for the state in that capacity at the Detroit
House Of Corrections and retired after 20 years in 1995. During her
working years and in retirement she was always known to be a woman
of dignity and strength.

She loved to travel, play cards and other games. She was the ultimate
hostess opening her home to family and friends serving delicious food
on most weekends and holidays. She used to have cooking contests with
her husband and the children were the judges. She was a great conversationalist,
had a great sense of humor and loved family. She would travel
to locations for her children and grandchildren to attend graduations,
weddings and other functions.

She and her husband were long time members of Holy Cross Missionary
Baptist Church where she was active in the choir and a member of
the usher board. They later joined Third New Hope Baptist Church in
April 2011, under the leadership of Dr. E.L. Branch. She truly loved her
Pastor and was faithful until her health began to decline. Her favorite
scripture was Matthew 5:8 “Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall
see God.”

Loraine departed this life Wednesday, September 5, 2018. She leaves to
celebrate the memories of her life and legacy: her daughter Deborah Oatis-
Sams (Bobby) of Round Rock Texas, Jacqueline Sanders of Detroit,
Ronnie Oatis (Angela) of Detroit and two granddaughters Jennifer Oatis
(Lavon) of Detroit and Andrese Hancock (Stanley) Tempe Arizona,
seven granddaughters, three grandsons, three great grandsons, three
great granddaughters, two sisters in law, two brothers in law and a host
of relatives and friends.

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