Deborah Fay Messmer
November 29, 1952 – August 27, 2018
Deborah Fay Ross Messmer, age 65, passed away on August 27, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. She was born on November 29, 1952 in Fort Worth, Texas to Adolphus A. Ross and Olena Fay Gilstrap Ross. Debbie was raised in Fort Worth, Texas and graduated from Polytechnic High School in 1972. She married John Charles Messmer in 2006, and the couple had two children. She was a USPS Letter Carrier for 22 years. In her spare time, Debbie enjoyed reading, traveling, and spending time with her family and beloved puppies. Her family will always remember her smile and gentle nurturing ways. Debbie is preceded in death by her Father A. A Ross, and her mother, Olena Fay Ross. She is survived by her husband John Charles Messmer, her daughters Sara Fay Stockley, and Grandchildren Jonathan, Evan, and Jennifer. A Visitation for Deborah will be held on Thursday, August 30, 2018 at Sparkman-Crane Funeral Home from 6-8 p.m. 10501 Garland Rd Dallas, TX 75218. A Rosary will take place at 7 p.m. that night. A Funeral Mass will be held Friday, August 31, 2018 at 10 a.m. at St. Pius X Catholic Church 3030 Gus Thomasson Rd Dallas, TX 75228.
- Visitation Thursday, August 30, 2018
- Rosary Service Thursday, August 30, 2018
- Funeral Service Friday, August 31, 2018
- Committal Service Friday, August 31, 2018
Deborah Fay Messmer
September 18, 2018
I only knew Debbie through my morning routine of stopping at Taco Villa a couple mornings a week for breakfast, but every day I did she had a smile on her face and was always so kind and helpful. Sometimes I would stop for breakfast just so I could start my day with her cheerful greeting. Two years ago I switched jobs and I no longer traveled past that store and had not seen her in a few years. About a month ago I was saddened to hear about what she was going through when I stopped by Taco Villa for dinner and saw the donation jar they had set up for her. I had vowed to pray for her every day moving forward, and to give every time I stopped by Taco Villa. Unfortunately the next time I stopped, the jar was gone, and I got the unfortunate news that she had passed the week prior. I am so blessed to have had the pleasure to meet your wife/mother/grandmother and to see that she lived such a full, faith filled life with a loving family. Thanks you for sharing all of the pictures. It warms my heart to see that she was not alone in all of this. Bless you all!
August 31, 2018
Debbie and I knew each other for a short time, but I believe we connected through a hat which was shared because we both had lost most of our hair. She looked like a movie star in it, most specifically, Gloria Swanson. One time, John had washed the hat and the gold rose from the hat disappeared, only to be found later in the washer's large gasket and then restored to its spot on her hat. I will always remember her resilience and tenacity for life, as well as her strong family support.