Deborah Schumacher Lewis, 62 of Dyesville Road, Meigs County, passed away January 15, 2013 at the residence of her mother after losing her battle with leukemia.
She was born May 28, 1950 in Delaware, Ohio, the daughter of Dale Edward and Beverly Cochran Schumacher, both of Dover, Ohio. Debbie and her husband Donald Keith Lewis of Michigan and Meigs County have been together for thirty-one years.
Debbie attended school in West Portsmouth, Lucasville, and the Ohio University Putnam Grade Schools. She was graduated from Athens High School in 1968.
She became a Licensed Practical Nurse after being graduated from the first LPN class in Nelsonville which later moved to Hocking College. For a time, she was a private duty nurse at O'Bleness Memorial Hospital.
Debbie had been employed in the Athens City School system for 25 years and retired in December. Her favorite time was as secretary at West Elementary School working with Principal Joan Linscott and her terrific staff.
Debbie was a member of the Nabby lee Ames Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, having proved six ancestors who gave service during the Revolutionary War. She served in many offices including Treasurer, Vice Regent and Regent. She is a life member of the Athens County Historical Society and Museum and a member of First Families of Athens County through her Sayre and Tippie families. Debbie was a member of the Marietta Chapter Colonial Dames of the Seventeenth Century through her Sayre ancestry. She was an honorary Life member of the Albany VFW.
Debbie was preceded in death by her father in 2006.
Besides her husband she is survived by her mother and special friend Jill McKinney and her dogs, Cole, Sadie Pearl and Bruiser.
Funeral services will be conducted Saturday 11:00am at Jagers and Sons Funeral Home, Athens with Rev. Helen Kline officiating. Burial will be in Clarks Chapel Cemetery. Friends may call Friday 4-7 and Saturday one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the West Elementary School Parent Teachers Organization.
Please share a memory, a note of condolence or sign the online register book at www.jagersfuneralhome.com.