Debra Elder (1955 - 2014)

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Debra Lynn Elder

July 1, 1955

April 19, 2014

Mrs. Elder was born on July 1, 1955, in Quincy, California to Lestal and Shirley McClure. As a young girl she grew up in Reno and attended Veteran's Memorial Elementary School, Vaughn Middle School, and Wooster High School. She went on to study at the University of Nevada, Reno where she graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Education. Shortly after graduating, she began work at the Nevada Bell Company where she met her late husband Daniel Brittan Elder. Her sons, John and Brian were born shortly thereafter. She loved spending all her spare time with her children. She began her career working at Carson Middle School as a 7th and 8th grade math teacher. During her time as a teacher at Carson Middle School, she became a cancer survivor after fighting a two year battle with breast cancer. She continued teaching for over 25 years, eventually ending up at Carson High School where she taught math and volunteered her time as a scorekeeper at volleyball and basketball games. Over her dedicated 25 year teaching career, Mrs. Elder was able to make a vast impact on the lives of many students in the Carson City area. She loved her children, family and friends and enjoyed working out at RAD Crossfit in Carson City. She was fun, strong, outgoing, a great listener, and voice of reason for many.

She is survived and is missed by her two sons, John (Breianna) and Brian (Amanda Berry) Elder; her granddaughter Livienne Elder; her parents Lestal and Shirley McClure: her siblings Shaun (Carl, Erin, Eric, Caitlin) Hasty, Sheri (Bill, Cody, Tawnya) Petersen, Sonya (Ryan, Quinn, Shannon) Campbell, and Ken (Ramona) McClure.

A service will be held at 4:00 pm May 3rd at the St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Carson City. A reception at the Church will be held immediately following the service.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers a contribution be made to the Debbie Elder Memorial Scholarship fund at any Wells Fargo bank branch.



Published in Reno Gazette-Journal on Apr. 30, 2014
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