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Debra Ann Meier

Debra Ann

February 27, 1955
July 22, 2019

Visitation 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. - Friday, June 26, 2019 - Day Macz Funeral Home - Patoka

Debra A. “Debbie” Meier, 64, of Patoka passed away Monday, July 22, 2019 at Centralia Manor in Centralia with her family by her side. She was born on February 27, 1955 the daughter of Robert and Velma (Heinzmann) Keister in Centralia. She married Gary Meier on January 17, 1976 at the Patoka United Methodist Church and he survives her in Patoka.

Debbie was an amazing example to her family. Along with her devoted husband of 43 years Gary Meier, survivors include her children, Christopher Meier, and Laura Meier; loving brother, Gary Keister; and 2 nieces Angie Braddock and Beth Orrell all of Patoka.

Debbie was preceded in death by both her parents, Robert and Velma Keister; and her sister-in-law, Patricia Keister.

Debbie was a straight A high school student and a member of Who’s who, she later attended Kaskaskia College. Debbie was a former employee of Jim Ford’s Men’s Wear in Centralia. She was an owner, vice president, treasurer, and secretary of The Frank Heinzman Company. Debbie was a spiritual lady and a member of the Patoka United Methodist Church. She was also very involved with the Patoka Civic Center Board. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and volunteered for S.A.F.E. as well as a volunteer election judge. She was an avid reader of mystery novels, newspapers and magazines and instilled this love for the written word in her children. Because of Debbie’s passion for reading, her children, were inspired to become educators, where they pass on this desire to their students. Debbie’s home was always filled with the tantalizing aromas of homemade foods. She was famous for her Watergate salad, shepherd’s pie, and German chocolate cake. Debbie’s husband Gary was known to treat her with a dinner out, which was many times followed up by a good movie. You could always find her enjoying “her shows” during the daytime. Debbie truly was an encouragement to her friends and family, always ready with a smile and a kind word. Her legacy of courage, compassion and love will live on in the hearts and minds of her family and friends.

Family and friends are invited to visiting hours Friday, July 26, 2019 from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at the Day Macz Funeral Home in Patoka. There will be an Eastern Star Ceremony starting at 7:45 P.M. in memory of Debbie. Memorials may be made in Debbie’s honor to the House of Hope in Centralia or the Patoka Civic Center and will be accepted at the funeral home. Day Macz Funeral Home in Patoka is honored to be assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences and memories of Debbie may be shared with the family by visiting and/or on the funeral home’s Facebook page.