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Debra Craft Dennis

Bastrop, Texas

Jan 8, 1955 – Jul 29, 2020 (Age 65)


January 8, 1955
July 29, 2020
Bastrop, Texas


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Bastrop Providence Funeral Home - Bastrop Obituary

 Debbie Lynne Craft Dennis was born in the afternoon on January 8th, 1955 to Vernon and Mary Lou Craft in Ottumwa, Iowa. Debbie went home to be with the Lord the morning of July 29th, 2020. She will be dearly missed by all those who love her.

Debbie grew up in a good Christian home in Fairfield, Iowa where she attended school and church. Her family was very involved and active in the Suburban Heights Baptist Church. She accepted Christ as her personal Savior at a young age. She graduated from Fairfield High School in 1973 and enrolled in the fall at Baptist Bible College in Springfield, Missouri.

While in Bible college she met Texas-native Richard Dennis. She always said that she would not date a “Texan” and would definitely “never” marry one. Well, over time he won her over, and they were married on December 17th,1976. They have been married for over 43 years. They finished their college training together and then stepped out into full-time ministry, working together for the next 40 years. During this time, she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Christian Education the old-fashioned way via typewritten correspondence through Bethany Bible College.

Debbie was always more than willing to help do whatever needed to be done at the churches they ministered. Over the years, she taught young people in Youth Ministry, helped in Vacation Bible Schools, taught in Children’s church, sang in the choir, worked in Church offices, and did anything else she could to further the cause of Christ. As a Pastor’s wife, she enjoyed putting events together that would be an encouragement and blessing to the ladies of the church. A good friend said of Debbie, “Of all the staff wives that had worked at their church, she was the best!” Her three main goals in life were to glorify Christ, take care of her family, and help people know and grow in Jesus Christ.

While involved in the ministry, Debbie made sure that “home” was her main priority by taking care of their two daughters, keeping the house in order, and doing her best to keep her husband out of trouble. Debbie loved sewing, reading, cooking, and occasionally trying out new ideas. She endeavored, and succeeded, in making the home a place of rest and refuge for her loved ones.

Debbie is preceded in death by her dad, Vernon Craft of Fairfield, IA; Richard’s parents, A.C. & Nancy Dennis of Ft. Worth, TX; step-dad, John Quesenbery of Ft. Worth, TX.

Debbie is survived by her husband, Richard; Daughters: Jennifer Daniels and Tim; Jessica Dennis and Steve; 3 grandsons: Kima, Trenton and Colton. She is survived by her mother, Mary Lou Craft of Fairfield, IA; 2 brothers: Gary Craft and Karen of Stillwater, OK, Tom Craft and Callvina, Tulsa, OK; and 1 sister, Marianne Tierney and Tim of Pembroke, NH. She is survived by many nieces, nephews, and dear friends.

In lieu of flowers donations made to Manna World Wide, in Deb’s remembrance at

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Precious Debbie! She made a deep Christ imprint on my heart. She set a beautiful example of servanthood and especially an example of a lady's hard work in the church. I have precious memories of knowing Debbie at Broadway Baptist in Sweetwater and I am Blessed to have the precious privilege of knowing her! She was a good friend to me. Beautiful video - Thank you for sharing these memories.

I am so saddened to hear of the passing of Mrs. Debbie. It has been so many years since I have seen her, but I can still remember her infectious smile and her sweet spirit. Bro. Richard my prayers are with you and your girls.

So many thoughts ran through our minds today as we said goodbye to Debbie. Although we will not see her again this side of heaven, we will see her again. She was truly the Proverbs lady being kind and loving to everyone, always seeing the good in people and in every situation. God chose the most beautiful rose in the garden when He picked Debbie this week. Orange prayers will be with you Richard. Love, Jim and Joyce Evans

We have many wonderful memories of Debbie. She was a servant to God and a friend to everybody. We had many good laughs with her and remember the hay ride of many years ago and all her wonderful cooking and apple bread. She was loved and we will miss her.

Bro. Richard
Sorry to hear about Ms.Debbie. Praying for you folks.

We are sadden for the passing of Debbie.
She was a great lady.
We met her several times
When she and Richard came to our Church.
We Loved them so much.
Uplifting prayers for Richard
And the family.
Hap and Ann Smith
Faith Baptist Church
2613 Jones Rd.

Aunt Debbie

Selfless, Loving, Strong, Fighter

My Aunt Debbie was the strongest person I have ever known. And, second to my Parents the most loving. She always found a way to be funny, cheerful, and sarcastic even when she was hurting. Her joy seemed to come from making other people happy. When I was 10 years old I worried she would not make it after her first kidney transplant. Aunt Debbie was soo strong she pushed for all her family for almost another 30 years. The...

Youth directors make such a lasting impact in a teen's life. I was blessed to have you and Debbie as mine. She was a precious person (even though she had to get on to me for sneaking a kiss from a guy at church camp ). Hugs and prayers for you and the girls.

No words are good enough to describe Aunt Debbie. She always had a smile on her face even when one wasn’t easy. She treated everyone with kindness. I’ll always remember sitting at the kids table in Iowa with All the cousins and just listening to all the laughing and stories going on in the kitchen with Aunt Debbie, Uncle Richard, my parents and Grandpa and Grandma Craft.
She will truly be missed but not for long for I look forward to the day to see her again in heaven.