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 Toni Ethelyn <I>McBrayer</I> Rattan

Toni Ethelyn McBrayer Rattan

Estelline, Hall County, Texas, USA
Death 22 Oct 2017 (aged 90)
Texas, USA
Burial Clarendon, Donley County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 184668211 · View Source
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Toni Ethelyn McBrayer Rattan
July 3, 1927 - October 22, 2017

Services will be held on Friday, October 27, 2017 at 2:00 pm in the First Baptist Church Chapel in Clarendon with Rev. Dick Gravely officiating.

My mother is with Jesus!
My mother is with Jesus…
It is for celebration of her life that we gather here today.

Toni Ethelyn McBrayer Rattan was born on Sunday, July 3, 1927 in Hall County to the parents of Will and Neta McBrayer of Estelline, Texas.

She inherited a life of contrast having survived the era of the Great Depression as a child, World War II as a soldier’s bride and the turbulence of the mid last century. She was totally convicted to her Christian beliefs, not morals, but her faith in Jesus Christ as her ever steadfast life companion and eternal Savior. Family was her most common earthly interest as she loved and respected her ancestry as well as present family members. She believed in the sanctity of life and felt it should be preserved and allowed to develop into God’s purpose.

Her love for Christ was seen in her conversion as a child at 9 years old, in her life-long church membership, as a Sunday school teacher, choir member, and bible student and scholar. The word resided in her heart and translated into her actions.

She was wife to Dennis M. Rattan from World War II and beyond and faithful mother to her two only sons, Ron and Kent. She believed in education and saw to it that her sons followed the path of enlightenment and growth by obtaining college degrees and professional status in the field of architecture.

From the humble origin in the sands of West Texas to the heights that came to a plateau in political activism and the professions exemplified her life of contrasts. Her staunch belief in traditional American values led her to support those causes through time and monetary investment.

Toni was intelligent and extremely independent in her method of living but was also strongly and deeply dependent upon her family. She needed them and they needed her. And although her earthly family was important her sights were always set on her eternal destination, dwelling in the house of the Lord, forever.

Her life became full of trials and more than her share misery toward the end with failing health and other issues. But her life was not without fun and joy. She became interested in square dancing with her husband Dennis, as they waltzed across Texas during the 60’s and 70’s. Together they owned several successful businesses and were quite content with their social standing within the Clarendon community during those middle years. They experienced the world in trips such as those to Mexico City and Acapulco together and with friends. They were happy.

Our mother made her ultimate trip to heaven on Sunday, October 22, 2017 at 11:58 PM. Her ticket being solely paid for by her personal savior, Jesus Christ. Where he stood waiting for the arrival of her precious soul.

The world can do no justice for a soul like hers. It cannot justify what it does not understand. She now stands in a land of complete understanding filled with the love of eternal God. How happy she is to in one moment be in a world of conflict and miraculously awake over yonder in eternal bliss. There she will wait for us to all eventually join her because she is now witness to the Great Promise of never ending joy she wishes us to share.

TONI ETHELYN MCBRAYER RATTAN, a name scribed in gold in the Lamb’s Book of Life and a soul whose presence will be forever etched in our hearts.


The world has lost a measure of grace with the departure of Miss. Toni. It will not understand her absence to be the cause of its diminution, but her survivors will. We have always known the importance of her presence, a sweet essence of God’s love.

From the crumbling and pock-hole roads of this world to the glory city with streets paved with gold, she now resides in the beautiful mansion she richly deserves. This is to forever be her last life of contrast.


Toni was preceded in death by her mother and father and all of her brothers and sisters.

She is survived by two sons and their wives Ron and Pam Rattan of Austin, Texas, Kent Rattan and Nikki Miller of Buena Vista, Virginia, Grandchildren, Brandon Rattan of San Francisco, Calif., Jessica and Donny Fetzer and Great-Grandson Dillon Craig of Houston, Claire Rattan of Staunton, Va., Elizabeth Rattan of Philadelphia, Penn.

(Published by Robertson Funeral Directors, Friday, October 27, 2017)

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  • Created by: Edith Guynes Stanley
  • Added: 27 Oct 2017
  • Find A Grave Memorial 184668211
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Toni Ethelyn McBrayer Rattan (3 Jul 1927–22 Oct 2017), Find A Grave Memorial no. 184668211, citing Citizens Cemetery, Clarendon, Donley County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Edith Guynes Stanley (contributor 47114458) .