Rayni Dawn Sinz, 10 of Welches passed away unexpectedly on Jan 9, 2008 at home. Rayni was born August 14, 1997 in Portland to Michael and Debra Sinz. Rayni was a proud Student of Merit currently attending the 5th Grade at Welches Elementary School.

Rayni was a joy-filled girl devoted to her family and friends. Rayni had a deep love of the outdoors Ė rock climbing and soccer among her favorite pastimes and Smith Rocks her favorite and special place. Rayni also loved animals and adored her dogs Kaya and Baxter. The scrapbook Rayni recently made of her life contains the following quote from Henry David Thoreau, ďIf you want to be happy, be."

Rayni will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by her parents; her sister Taysi and fiancť' Steve Carver and her nephew Riley Carver of Oregon City; her grandmothers Dorothy Figoni of Reno, Nevada and Shirley Sinz of Payson, Arizona; aunts; uncles; cousins and many friends.

A memorial service will be held at Welches School on Tuesday, January 15th at 6 o'clock, followed by a Pot Luck gathering at the Mt. Hood Lions Club. Please drop off your potluck dinner items at the Lions Club after 4:00pm. A memorial fund has been established, donations may be made to Rayni's Fund at Clackamas County Bank.

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I watched the sunrise light the sky
Casting shadows near
On this morning no birds sang
Not that I could hear
The clouds were thick and dark in hue
But for one tiny patch of blue
At once I heard it, natureís tune
And she was here, Rayni Dawn

Iíll wait for sunshine through the clouds
To warm the earth below
And on that day Iíll also stay
to watch the sunset fade away
and light the clouds with sleep
As that evening closes itís eyes
Iíll feel your presence near me
For you are always, Rayni Dawn

Iíll watch the moonlight guard the night
And wait til morning comes
The air will be silent, the earth at rest
And you at peace within my heart
Yes, you are always, Rayni Dawn

Mike, Deb & Taysi,

We love you guys - always.

John and Linda

I will miss you dearly "Lil Raynibob".
You've touched so many hearts, in such a short life.

Your "Uncle" Gary

There are no words to describe the grief in our hearts, only tears and a silent understanding that your spirit is alive and free. You are everywhere. In the raindrops, the snowflakes, the rocks and trees....but forever in our hearts. Your spirit soars like the butterfly fairy child that you are. We know that you are traveling to a place that none of us has ever been, a place that has to be believed to be seen. You touched our lives with your joy, accepted your challenges with grace and will always be remembered and cherished. We love you and miss you Rayni Dawn and we will always be there for your family.

Blessed Be,

Bob, Tammy, Connor and Dillon Cardoza

Rayni was always a bright spot in the day. She would come to the library with a smile on her face and chuckle conspiratorially when I asked if she wanted to check out the biography of Ronald Reagan AGAIN! You see, she checked this particular book out repeatedly and told me she was going to marry Mr. Reagan. This went on for a couple of years until this year, when she discovered Jimmy Carter! I will truly miss her sweet smile and the peal of her laughter.

--Molly Espenel
Our prayers of peace and hope are with all of you at this time. Rayni was a beautiful, sweet little girl.

~~george & barbara galbraith, naomi and nattie scott
Itís hard for me to conceive that Rayni is gone from the form that I carried on my hip and swung in my arms. She was light and twiggy, but heavy with fear of the unknown. Her body rioted against her in the cruelest of ways. I imagined what Deb and Mike must have gone through, endless times, holding the frail frame of this little sapling as she writhed and twisted under the will of erratic neural patterns-- which even highly trained specialists were unable to comprehend.

I often questioned how Deb herself managed not to break under the weight. At times I would purposely avoid asking Deb how things wereóafraid I would add to her burden through recall, or perhaps the mere mention of the word ďseizureĒ would jinx us all.

Mike, Deb, and Rayni didnít tread on such thin lines though. Usually they were content to simply be family. When Rayni was mad she didnít give a thought to the radical changes her surging temper may produce in her body. And when Rayni was happy, she would simply bubble over with joy. Her whole being would shake from feelings to big to contain.

She loved to be held, tipped, and swayed, the whole while clinging to your neck as if about to fly away. Now that the fear and uncertainty have been erased I hope her lightened burdens will lift her as she leaves this world.

No little girl should have ever weathered so much pain, but few would have danced that dance so strong.

Those of us who knew her were blessed to hold her so near-- and nothing can take such a gift away.

My love,

There are so many things that are racing through my mind today and since the 9th. We all miss you. Please Rayni all I ask is keep in touch with Your family. I feel you already are, and I believe I already witnessed it once. JUst stay by them in spirit, They know you're there. We all love and miss you, and we will all see you in the next step in our lives. We love you Rayni Dawn.

With all my heart,

I enjoyed working with Rayni in small group writing. She had progressed so far in just a few short months--from a bare minimum of a story to a long, detailed two page story with FUN CHARACTERS!

I will also not forget Rayni's dry wit and her wry comments. Her contributions to the little play that we wrote for Christmas, and her readings of Santa were darling. My regret is that we were unable to perform that play as we had planned, but I was touched by how Rayni also reached out to help some of the other students in the reading group which met at the same time who were struggling with their parts, and how she helped them.

And Rayni and her purple clothing, her love of sparkly pencils, and that infectious grin of hers--I miss you, Rayni, and I regret that I won't be watching you through middle school and off to high school.

Godspeed, Rayni Dawn. May the angels walk with you.

Joyce Reynolds-Ward

I will always remember your cute little Jasmine outfit while you danced with all of us at belly dancing class. What a beautiful spirit, what wonderful soul. I know your walking with God.

Blythe R.

I didn't know you that well, but always looked forward to seeing you. I first remember you peeking out from your Mothers skirt at dance class. Your smile could not go unnoticed. It was curious, honest, beautiful, mischievous, a bit shy and totally contagious. I would see you from time to time shimmys, library, grocery store, coffee shop always with that smile. I remember when you got your hair cut short. it was like looking at a pixie. It matched you so well. I have seen many rainbows in the last few days. I hear they were one of your favorites. Thank you Rayni for always being yourself, smiling, dancing, laughing with just a hint of wild indigo child shining through. I will miss seeing your smile but will carry it in my heart.


Rayni was an angel on earth, with her warm smiles and gentle nature. I will miss her daily, but I know that she is enjoying her new wings.

With love, Karen

I as well had only met Rayni a few times but when I did she gave a wonderful feeling of spiritual presence. Rayni indeed was an angel of god. Words can not express how truely sorry I am for her loss. I feel she has retaught us all that life is a journey that we must never take for granted and enjoy each day as if it were our last.

--Rachelle, SHA

To Those Whom I Love and Those Who Love Me
When I am gone, release me, let me go
I have so many things to see and do
You must not tie yourself to me with tears
Be happy that I have had so many years
I gave you my love, you can only guess
How much you gave me in happiness
I thank you for the love each of you have shown
But now it is time I traveled on alone

So grieve a while for me, if grieve you must

Then let your grief be comforted by trust It is only for a while that we must part
So bless the memories in your heart

I will not be far away, for life goes on
So if you need me, call and I will come
Though you can not see or touch me, I will be near
And if you listen with your heart, you will hear
All of my love around you soft and clear

Then, when you must come this way alone
I will greet you with a smile and say
"Welcome Home"
I love you Mom, Dad, and Sis.


I did't know Rayni as best as others but she taught me how to smile even when there's nothing to smile about. Everytime I see her picture I smile. Every time i hear the song "over the rainbow" I think of her. And everytime I hear a little laugh, I think of how she will be missed.
We will miss you Raynie

<3 --Juanita Birdsong

I didnt know rayni as much as others but she always has a smile on her little face and she always i mean always would wear purple no doubt about it last night at the memorial i cryed and cryed even when i got home

we will miss you Rayni

P.S i never got to hear u say the alphabet backwords thats something ill never hear

--Hanna Jones

I did not met nor know Rayni but I do know her sister if she was anything like her sister she was a joy to be around our family thoughts and preys go out to all in her family at this horrible time in thier lives. God is with her and is looking out for her as she looks down on all of you.

--The Wolfe Family

May all our hearts heal knowing Rayni is in a place where we all dream of . she will be guarding over her family and making sure they keep smiling.

She will be greatly missed.

Nicole figeley

I just saw the beautiful web page dedicated to Miss Rayni. Some GREAT pictures of her just lovin' life. Although I had not seen her since she was a baby, I will always remember her. I'll never forget growing up on the mountain and the bead shop...that is where I met Rayni and I am glad she got to grow up in the same community. She was a smily, happy baby, and was actually one of the first infants I ever held (I think I was 12 or so). I guess I just want to say to the whole Sinz family, our thoughts and prayers are with you and you are truly amazing! Although her stay on this Earth was not as long as planned, it was the perfect amount of time for alittle girl to remind us all to live, laugh, and be happy...despite the hard times.

April Jensen ~ and the whole Jensen family : )

No one ever really dies,as long as there is someone left who remembers.
When there is no one left who remembers,
It doesn't matter,
For they are all together again.

Raelene Olson

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