Debra Holmes Ely, a loving mother, is survived by her husband, Don Ely, and her daughter, Rachelle Ely Day (Andrew). She also has two surviving sisters, Gail Holmes Oakes (Terry) and Trina Holmes Belliston, as well as one brother, Stuart Holmes (Sharon). Her parents Dorothy Smith Holmes and Quentin Warren Holmes preceded her in death.
Debbie graduated from McClatchy High School in Sacramento, California, and completed a Master's Degree in Recreational Therapy at BYU. Debbie spent her working life in the mental health field helping others find peace and direction. She had a keenly developed sense of when others needed support. While never imposing upon others, she was always ready to help.
Debbie was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and was an avid reader of LDS Church books. She also loved to travel, including several cruises with her husband, Don, and frequently with her lovely daughter, Rachelle. Debbie reveled in having a neat house with everything clean and in its proper place. Debbie had a close relationship with her extended family. She also had a fond attachment to her dog, Gordon, that brought her much solace. Her life and work on this earth was unfortunately cut short due to a devastating illness with no known cure.
The loved ones and friends she left behind, while aware that her suffering is now over, do miss her amazing spirit.
Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, September 21, 2021 at the Provo City Cemetery, 610 South State Street, Provo, Utah. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.bergmortuary.com
Published by Berg Mortuary of Provo on Sep. 17, 2021.