Deborah Opper

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PEORIA - Deborah M. Opper, 55, of Peoria passed away at 3:32 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 5, 2010, at her home with her family by her side.

Debbie was born on Sept. 11, 1955, in Peoria to Lloyd and Dorothy Cook Opper.

Among those family members surviving are her father, Lloyd (Doris) Opper of Tucson, Arizona; one daughter, Emily Opper, at home; two brothers, David (Mary) Opper of Baytown, Texas, and Douglas Opper of Washington; two stepbrothers, Vaughn Elgass and Steve Bastedo; and one stepsister, Latrice Kilpatrick.

She was preceded in death by her mother and one stepsister.

Debbie had been a consultant for more than 20 years for Mary Kay Cosmetics in the Peoria area, a job she truly loved. She also had worked for the logistics department of Caterpillar Inc. in Morton.

She was a 1973 graduate of Washington Community High School.

In her spare time, Debbie loved spending time with her family, friends and pets, as well as taking time to tend to her garden and raising flowers.

Debbie passed away Friday after losing a two and half year courageous battle against cancer.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 9, at Washington Christian Church, with Pastor Jeff Browning officiating. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Mason-White Funeral Home in Washington and also one hour prior to services at the church. Cremation rites will be accorded following the services.

Memorials for Debbie may be made to either the Mary Kay Ash Charitable Foundation for Cancer Research or Washington Christian Church.

Online condolences to the family may be made at

Published in Peoria Journal Star on Nov. 7, 2010
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