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Spotlight – Deborah “A Ray of Sunshine” – Part I

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Hi friends – please meet Deborah Ray. Deb is one of the most funny, kind and sincere people I know.  No – she’s not famous but I wanted to spotlight her today because Deborah Ray is truly “A Ray of Sunshine” in everyone’s lives.  She is truly a “one-gal” comedy show …. and look at her beautiful smile – you can feel her warmth! 




To give you a bit of a background, Deb is almost 53 years young and was raised by two loving parents.  She shares:


“I have 3 brothers and 2 sisters.  I grew up in a 990 square foot house with three bedrooms and one bath!   (I know kids reading this now would be falling over!)  We were raised with very little money, by a father who taught us respect and the honor of working hard every day.  My mother had very stern, but loving hands.  Her hands were very artistic not just in the way she would sway the switch or paddle when need be, which was often, but the way she would paint and draw.  I have one son, Joseph, who is 21; and yes, thank you, Lord, we lived through his teenage years.  He makes me a better person ever day.   


I have lost both parents, they are now my guardian angels, and Lord knows I need them.  After being married for 23 years, I have been divorced for 5 years.  I am soon to be remarried to a man who loves me with all his heart, and if he can handle me, it will be for whatever time the Good Lord gives me.  I am telling you all this to let you know my life story did not come without pain, but it has come with a lot of love, forgiveness and laughter.



I have a passion for making smiles, literally for over 38 years!  I love to make people smile, so what a better career choice than to literally create them through orthodontics/dentistry.  Yes, I get to tinker all day.  I have the honor of working with some of the best families, and I do mean “families”.  I always say to our patients, “welcome to the family” and at our office, it is truly that way.  We truly consider each as family.



When Clare presented this opportunity to me, I was shocked and surprised, but truly honored.  There are a lot of very strong and powerful women in the world.   I just love people, and I want to make a difference.  When I give a hug, it is from the heart.  When I act silly or crazy at work, it is because I want the kids to have fun at their appointments and to de-stress and feel loved because they are. 



I was raised to give everyone a fair chance, even if they are mean to you because you may never really know what they are going through.  What pain is really behind that smile?  I like to look into their eyes and read them.  I have this amazing gift or “curse” called the “MOMMA GUT”.  Now mind you, that is not the size of my middle age belly!  That is the place in my stomach that talks to my brain … and it’s not about food.  It is a feeling I get when I need to talk special to someone or pull them aside and just give them an extra hug for reassurance.  My favorite names to be called are “Mama Deb” or “Mama Ray”.  My heart always jumps for joy when I hear those words.




Clare asked me, “how are you always so uplifting and fun?”  The answer is, I am not, to be honest.  I have my “backsliding moments”, but very few people have seen that.  My heart believes that because of some of the things that I have been through and am still going through due to the wonderful experience of being middle-aged, you have a conscious choice to make your own life better, and just maybe in that, too, you have the gift to do that for someone else.  Just because of what I am going through, it doesn’t mean someone else isn’t going through something worse or more difficult.”



Well, friends, more to come next Monday, October 26, 2015 for Part II.  Please check back for more fun.  Join us for Deb’s philosophy on life, how she helps people and how she maintains such a wonderful and giving spirit! 

Thanks for stopping by! 



Clare is a 57-year-old fun loving Italian-American self-proclaimed “Jersey Girl” who believes, “Life ain’t easy street. Life is one of those crazy little city streets, complete with potholes that could swallow your car.” With one foot planted in fun and the other planted firmly in her Christian faith, Clare enjoys making people laugh while helping them navigate life’s “crazy little city streets”. Clare has raised two girls (now grown young adults) with her husband, Michial, Clare is ready to take on the challenges of making new friends through her blog, Life Ain’t Easy Street. With an aim to entertain while addressing topics important to women, Clare’s focus on the positive power of good stories, good friends, inspiring women, and strong faith will have you looking forward to reading the next post. Clare is a freelance writer who lives a real life in Jacksonville Beach, Florida.

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  • She’s sounds like a beautiful woman who’s chasing her second calling in life. I hope her new love is lasting and beautiful!

    • Clare says:

      She is a beautiful woman… inside and out! Yes, I wish her only the best – all that she deserves with lots of blessings! Stop back in next Monday for Part II – with some hilarious pics too! 🙂

  • Karen Patten says:

    I’m excited for her second marriage. It sounds like she’s been called to spread joy and to help people and that she’s doing a wonderful job at it!

    • Clare says:

      So sweet of you Karen, she is excited too!. Deb does spread joy and laughter wherever she goes – that’s for sure – thanks for sharing your comments!

  • Bette Childress says:

    Amazing woman. Can’t wait to read the rest of the story….

  • What an incredible woman. I’m looking forward to reading the rest of this moving story.

    • Clare says:

      Deb is an incredible woman… If you are having a bad day…. all you need to do is get next to Deb for a few minutes! And her smile lights up any room! See you back here next Monday for Part II – and thanks for stopping in today!

  • andi says:

    what a beautiful spirit that this woman has!

  • What a lovely soul! I hope her new marriage is everything beautiful and happy!

    • Clare says:

      Carol, she is a lovely soul! I too hope everything is beautiful and happy for her – she so deserves it and blesses so many others with her warm and funny personality and her caring spirit!

  • Camile says:

    Deborah sounds like a great person to know. I’m glad she found love for the second time! That’s exciting. I love reading about people who are passionate about their jobs. Her office sounds like a place I’d love to take my kids to.

    • Clare says:

      Yes, Camile – she brings such joy into so many people’s life!! Yes, I can’t imagine what it would be like to work with Deb!!!!! 🙂 🙂 Lots of fun and shenanigans I bet! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  • Ronda says:

    Deb is such a special lady and I am blessed to call her My Friend!!! This special Ray of Sunshine is a blessing to so many and I am honored to know her?

    • Clare says:

      So glad Deb is one of your friends Ronda! She is so special – and truly a Ray of Sunshine to everyone she comes in contact with! Stop back in next Monday for Part II and some more “classic” pics of Deb! 🙂

  • Pam says:

    Deb sounds like a beautiful person I would like to be friends with! She sounds amazing! So positive! Thanks for sharing your story Deb & Clare!

    • Clare says:

      Deb is a beautiful person! She is so positive, so much fun and so caring! Please come back for Part II next Monday! And thanks for stopping in today! 🙂

  • Looking forward to Part 2 next week! This was such a nice post.

    • Clare says:

      So glad you liked it, Tirralan! Yes, come back next week! Deborah is just such a delight! More “fun” pics to follow….. 🙂

  • Becki S says:

    Great guest post! She looks like a woman full of excitement and life and I love that she is all about making people smile =)

    • Clare says:

      Thanks Becki – Deb is all about making people smile – and she is very, very good at it! Check back next Monday for Part II! Thanks for your comments! 🙂

  • Dee Jordan says:

    Awesome article by and about Deb. Very inspiring. Maybe I will grow up like her someday. Love you, precious lady.

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