Debra Thomae

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GALLIPOLIS — Debra Mae Thomae, 51, of Gallipolis, passed away suddenly on Monday, May 5, 2014, at St. Mary's Hospital in Huntington, W.Va.

She was born Aug. 9, 1962, in Gallipolis, the daughter of Dana and Lydia Plants Laywell, who survive her. Debbie was married to John A. Thomae for 28 years and he survives her. She was self-employed in giving home health care, enjoyed painting, home décor and many crafts. Debbie loved with all her heart and touched more people than she even knew. God gained a beautiful angel.

Surviving are her husband, John A. Thomae, of Gallipolis; four daughters, Lydia Nicole (Dawn Dunn) Ferguson and Amber (Micah) Levine, all of Columbus, and Ashley Thomae and Cassi Thomae, both of Gallipolis; two grandchildren, Dayna Alexis Drummond and Daymien Thomae; her parents, Dana and Lydia Laywell, of Bidwell; three sisters, Donna (John) Greer, of Aloha, Ore., Vivian Leffel, of South Vienna, Ohio, and Bobbi (David) Johnson, of Galloway, Ohio; six nieces, Tabitha, Lindsay, Tiffany, Cayla, Calli and Gabrielle; two nephews, Michael and Matthew; four great nieces, Elliana, Alliaundrea, Avianna and Abigayle; two great-nephews, Zayne and Jordan; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Debbie was preceded in death by grandparents David and Dorthy Laywell, and Opal and Gilbert Plants.

Services will be 1 p.m. May 9, 2014, at Willis Funeral Home with Pastor Alfred Holley officiating. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday, May 8, 2014 from 6-8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, consider donations in Debbie's memory to Willis Funeral Home to help with expenses.

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12 Garfield Avenue
Gallipolis, OH 45631
(740) 446-9295
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Published in Gallipolis Daily Tribune from May 6 to May 7, 2014