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Rawan Shay

April 5, 1941 ~ November 28, 2023 (age 82) 82 Years Old


Rawan Shay (Pornphet) of Panama City, FL passed away on Tuesday, November 28, 2023.
Rawan was born April 5, 1941 to Jon and Pom Pornphet in Thailand. She was the eldest of 14 siblings. She worked during the day as a rice farmer and at night, as a lounge singer. She married at age 26 and moved to the United States.
Rawan was passionate about gardening and her religion. She was a devoted Buddhist and volunteered as a Buddhist nun to help others find their peace. Rawan was very loving and caring to everyone she knew and to any stranger in need of help. Her home was always open to wandering travelers. 
She is survived by Carl Shay, her husband of 56 years; daughter, Tongtawee Forbes and son-in-law, Robert Forbes; granddaughters, Hannah Forbes, Rachel Forbes, and Lauren Frymire and son-in-law, Kelvin Frymire; great-grandchildren, William, Thomas, and Emma Frymire; son, Wie Shay; grandson, Chance Shay; granddaughters, Paighton Whitney, Destiny Shay; great-grandchildren, Clay, Wyatt, Marlena, and Chloe Mask; daughter, Tonya Luzny and son-in-law, Ian Luzny; grandchildren, Isabel Luzny, Alexander Luzny, and Andrew Luzny; granddaughter-in-law, Madison Luzny (Jordan); great-grandsons, Preston Patel and Harvey Luzny; beloved sisters, Rumpai Villafana; Kai Pornpetch, and brother, Ken Pornpetch; beloved families, Shay, Stalnaker, Clark, Hill, Bunkley, Pornphet, Luzny, Churson, Vanhoet, Berthod, Perez, Nicewonder and Pike.

Special thanks to Covenant Hospice for their care.

Services will be held at Wat Buddhasaengdham Temple; 6505 Cherry Street, Panama City, FL 32404 on Tuesday, December 5, 2023 at 10:30 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Wat Buddhasaengdham Temple.”

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