Debra Pettit

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Debra A. Pettit Debra A. Pettit, 56, of Topeka, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, August 10, 2013. Per her wishes Debra held a Celebration of Life event on July 25, 2013, with family and friends to celebrate her life. Debra was born in Topeka, Kansas to Wallace F. & Grace M. (Sanders) Pinick on September 14, 1957. Debra's mother was remarried to Morton E. Oelke on September 20, 1958. Debra was raised by her stepfather and mother. Debra graduated from Highland Park High School in 1975 with honors She married Michael C McKinley on April 14, 1979; he precedes her in death. She earned a certification of Computer Accounting from Topeka Technical College in 1983. The majority of Debra's work years were spent within four major businesses in Topeka between 1976-2011; Silkscreen Operator for Josten's American Yearbook for nine years; Executive Assistant Stores Distribution for Payless ShoeSource for ten years; Communications Specialist for Security Benefit for thirteen years. She also nurtured a catering business, Zepher Cove Catering, for 20+ years with her husband Steven E. Pettit. He survives. Debra loved people and made it a priority to make a positive difference in the lives of those she came in contact with throughout her life. She was member of the First Assembly of God in Topeka and enjoyed attending church there. She loved our Lord Jesus Christ dad praised him in many ways and at many different places. Debra is preceded in death by spouse; Michael C, McKinley: father, Wallace F. Pinick; stepfather; Morton E. Oelke; and mother; Grace M. (Sanders) Oelke. Debra is survived by her husband; Steven E. Pettit of Topeka; daughter, Jacquline G. McKinley-Richmond (Raphael) of Topeka; son, Justin E. Pettit (Holly McNally) of Jacksonville, FL; Stepson; Michael C. Busby (Amanda) of Hudson, WI; Sister's; Diana J. Dean of Gladewater, TX; Denise L. Forgy of Topeka; Darlene K. Frye (Randy) of Topeka: Grandchildren; Tyrel, Myanda, Kya Busby of Hudson, WI; 11 (eleven) Nieces and Nephews; 17 (seventeen) Great Nieces and Nephews. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may he made to an organization of your choice. Debra did not have . she made contributions, both monetary and non-monetary, to many different organizations in her community; Topeka and Kansas. To leave a message for the family online, visit at Her family wishes to extend their gratitude to Dove Cremation, family, and friends for their support during this difficult time. WHO I AM MAKES A POSITIVE DIFFERENCE! My life's focus is to help make a positive difference in the life of others, while managing my attitude, which is critical to helping those with whom I come in contact. I must help them see how they make a positive difference in those with whom they come in contact. Anyone who helps the Difference Maker, adds value for me, you and countless others. That is what the Difference Maker is all about - adding value, making a difference and paying it forward over and over and over again. I know who I am, who are you? Debra Pettit

Published in Topeka Capital-Journal on Aug. 12, 2013
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