Phyllis Joycealine Perkins Raitz

Phyllis Joycealine Perkins Raitz passed through this life Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at her home in Mesquite, Texas, surrounded by her husband of 61 years, Norbert Raitz, her daughters and sons-in-law, grandson, Casey and granddaughter, Ellyn.

Phyllis, nicknamed, Tillie, was born April 22, 1932, in Tiffin, to Roy Perkins and Treva Miller. She married “Norbie” Oct. 11, 1952. She held many positions in life as a legal secretary, Tiffin Glass employee, collections specialists and most importantly, wife and mother.

She is survived by her husband; two daughters, Denise (Steven) Brancheau and Peggy (Gary) Rima; daughter-in-law, Kim Raitz Birch; two brothers, Raymond Perkins and Marvin (Carolyn) Perkins; four sisters, Dolores Agerter, Ruth Rospert, Shirley Valentine and Sharon O’Nan; and many much-loved nieces and nephews.

Her only son, Jeffrey Raitz preceded her in death; along with her parents; sister, Mary Alice Nominee; and two brothers, Daryl Perkins and infant, Dwight Perkins.

Phyllis lived life through her grandchildren, Eric (Josie) Whipple, Curtis (Jenny) Brancheau, Paul (Amber) Brancheau, Ellyn (Danny) Brancheau Black, Casey Raitz and Holly Raitz. She lived to adore her five great-grandchildren, Channing, Jett, Jasper, Brady and Cole.

Tillie was a spirited, loving soul who touched the hearts of all she met. She will be sorely missed by those of us who remain behind.

At her request, there will be no funeral or memorial service.

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Those who wish to send cards may send them to Denise Brancheau family, Attn: Norbert, 3900 Joe Ramsey Blvd., Bldg. 5, Greenville, TX 75401.