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Obituary for Debra J. De Groot

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Debra J. De Groot

November 3, 1949 - July 22, 2017

July 22, 2017, Debra J. De Groot was called home by her Father in Heaven leaving behind a body that betrayed her.
Debby was born November 3, 1949, on a Navy base in Quonset Point, Rhode Island to Richard and Jeannine Pehrson. Shortly after her birth, they moved back to Brigham City, Utah to be with family.
Debby moved all over while growing up. She attended 18 different schools before graduating from Washington High School in Los Alamitos, CA.
Debby returned to Utah to attend Weber State College where she met her husband, Keith R. De Groot. They were married June 12, 1970, in the Salt Lake Temple by Spencer W. Kimball. They had just celebrated their 47th wedding anniversary. Together they had two children Stephanie and Brett.
Debby worked for Weber State University for 30 years. She spent most of those years in the Cashiers Office, the Library Testing Center, and the Secretary to the Dean of Students. She retired in 2008.
Debby was able to take college classes thru the years achieving her Associates degree in 1989.
She was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She served in many different callings. Her favorite was using her organization skills being the Ward Librarian.
Debby was a proud member of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers. She served in many positions in the Sandbur Camp and in the Weber Far South West Company.
Debby is survived by her husband, Keith De Groot; daughter, Stephanie Lawrence (Ken); son, Brett De Groot; grandchildren Kylynn Saunders (Todd),Justin Lawrence (Chacelynn), Dillan De Groot; great grandson, Kaden Saunders; her mother, Jeannine Pehrson-Woodward (Len); her brother, Rick Pehrson (Trudy); and several nieces, nephews and cousins that will miss her.
Debby was preceded in death by her father, Richard Pehrson; her mother and father-in-law, Dave and Helen DeGroot; aunt Olive Gittens; and nephew, Ryan Pehrson.
Debby struggled with her health for the last eight years, being confined to a wheel chair and on oxygen. She is finally free to dance and do the things she wants to do.
Our family would like to thank all the doctors, nurses, and CNA’s at McKay Dee Hospital, Pineview Rehab, IHC Home Health Palliative Care & Hospice for all the love and care they gave Debby. No one entered her room without being called sweetheart or cutie.
There will be a viewing on Thursday, July 27, 2017, at Leavitt’s Mortuary, 836-36th St., Ogden from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Funeral Services will be held Friday, July 28, 2017, at the Washington Terrace 6th Ward, 4760 South 200 East, Washington Terrace, UT. The family will greet friends prior to the Funeral Service from 10:00 to 10:45 am.
Interment at Leavitt’s Aultorest Memorial Park.

 

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Date: Friday, July 28, 2017

Time: 11:00 am -

There will be a viewing on Thursday, July 27, 2017, at Leavitt’s Mortuary, 836-36th St., Ogden from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Funeral Services will be held Friday, July 28, 2017, at the Washington Terrace 6th Ward, 4760 South 200 East, Washington Terrace, UT. The family will greet friends prior to the Funeral Service from 10:00 to 10:45 am.


 

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Born: November 3, 1949
Died: July 22, 2017

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Heather Carlile-Lewis posted on 7/31/17

I remember meeting Debby when my mom worked at Weber State, I enjoyed my time with Debby and know that my mom would have been saddened by her passing.

 

Chersti Crawford posted on 7/28/17

I am so glad that I was able to get to know Debby during our time at WSU. Debby was so talented and loved to share those talents with others. Some of my favorite recipes have her name on the top. I will remember her fondly each time I make one of them. To Keith and family, you are in our thoughts and prayers during this time.

 

Jamie Dettloff posted on 7/27/17

Debby was such a caring and compassionate woman. She put her all in everything she did. I learned so much from her during my years in IAAP. She overcame many fears and was a fearless leader. I will miss her smile, laugh and quiet sense of humor. Rest In Peace Debby.

 

Gael Keller Allegra posted on 7/26/17

The Keller family were all sad to hear of the passing of Debra. Both she and Keith were great neighbors to our mom, Dee Keller. Many kindnesses were bestowed on our mom. Our family is very grateful to the both of them. We can never thank you enough.

 

Jamie Larsen posted on 7/26/17

I will always treasure the memory of your beautiful Mom, planning your surprise anniversary party! She was so thrilled to have the chance to do something so wonderful for you. She always smiled so big when she talked to you, or about you. I love her dearly!

 

Brenda Lincoln posted on 7/26/17

Sorry to hear about Debra passing , it is hard but it will get better as time goes on . Brenda Lincoln

 

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