On Aug. 30, 1951, Debra Danece Bennett was born to Bertine L. Slykhuis and Don Deeringer. On Monday, April 16, 2012, Debra left our world to go home to be with our Lord at the Hospice of Pella (Comfort House) in Pella. Her death was due to complications from a stroke.
Debra is survived by her siblings, Bill (Jean) Slykhuis of Linden, Pa., Joan (Bill) Crall of Lovilia, Donna Thornburg and Arlen of Knoxville and Kayi Shilling and Gerry of Knoxville.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Bertine Slykhuis Deeringer and Don Deeringer; her brother Don (Bud) Deeringer and nephew Jeff Shilling.
Debra worked at the veterans' hospital in Knoxville for over 20 years on the medical and surgical floor, and as a Physical Therapy Aid. After retiring, she continued to work at the Hy-Vee Bakery as a cake decorator and baker. She was a member of the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Knoxville.
Deb had many joys, it gave her great pleasure to cook and bake, then provide her delicious food to others, which she shared generously. She also loved working with plants, growing something to bring more beauty to the world. Deb was known to love animals. Stray dogs and cats often found a home with her.
Memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 21, 2012, at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 2506 South Attica Road, Knoxville, with Pastor John Chadwick officiating.