Mary S. Rai

Mary S. Rai
Mary S. Rai, 90, passed away at her home in Yuba City with her daughter Leela, son David, daughter-in-law Ann, granddaughter Olivia and caregiver Inez by her side. Mary was born in Tolleson, AZ to Bishan Gill Singh and Ernestine Zuniga Singh. She was a resident in the Yuba City- Live Oak area for 66 years, with her late husband, Lal Singh Rai and her family.

Mary Rai was a loving and generous wife, mother, sister, aunt and friend. She was passionate about family, friends, community and God. She volunteered for many local community and church organizations, avidly supported financially disadvantaged students with scholarships at Yuba College, volunteered as a multilingual voter registrant, and served on the Sutter County Grand Jury. She was active with Punjabi, Mexican and American people, events and socials. Mary was an adventurous world traveler. She loved life long learning, taking endless courses at Yuba College to better her skills in the arts, tailoring, cake making, flower arranging and Punjabi. She even taught herself to read Punjabi and taught herself to landscape her home gardens. She and her husband, Lal, supported Punjabi immigrants by writing over 150 letters of support to sponsor them once they were in the U.S. Mary Rai was a businesswoman and partner with her husband, Lal, and his cousin Chanchil Singh Rai who operated a farming and commercial operation under the name "Rai Brothers" and continued managing the properties after their death.

Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Lal Singh Rai; her mother and father, Ernestine and Bishan Singh; her sister, Betty S. Johnson; and brother, Robert G. Singh. Immediate survivors include her daughter, Leela C. Rai; son, David Rai; daughter-in-law, Ann; granddaughter, Olivia C. Rai; sister, Isabel Singh and her family; brother, Ralie G. Singh and his family; her late sister's family (Betty Johnson) and her late brother's family (Robert G. Singh). Nieces and nephews and their families from both sides also survive her.

Visitation (4-6 p.m.) and Rosary (6 p.m.) will be held at the Chapel of the Twin Cities in Yuba City on June 16th and Funeral Services at St. Isidore's Catholic Church on June 17th at 11 a.m. Reception will be immediately following at the St. Isidore's Parish Hall. Cremation will be private. In lieu of flowers, please give to FRGH Hospice.

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Published in Appeal Democrat from June 15 to June 17, 2013