Debora Hodges

March 15, 1958February 3, 2019

Debora Ruth Hodges, 60, of Holts Summit, Missouri passed away at her home, surrounded by her family, on February 3, 2019. Funeral services will be at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 9, 2019 at Providence Baptist Church in New Bloomfield, Missouri. Burial will follow at the New Bloomfield Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at the church. Debora was born on March 15, 1958 in Los Angeles, California to the late Richard and Shirley Smith Hodges. Debora was the only daughter of 7 children. She was a 1977 graduate of New Bloomfield High School and a member of Providence Baptist Church in New Bloomfield. Debora had worked at Fasco in Eldon, Missouri for five years and then at the Dollar General Distribution Center in Fulton for seven years before retiring from Biggs Forensic Hospital after working there for over ten years. She enjoyed camping, artwork, crocheting, puzzles, playing games, cooking, and Hallmark movies; but her greatest love was spending time with her family. Debora is survived by her loving companion of 15 years, Bruce Bates of Holts Summit; two children, Valerie and Daniel (Lacey) Brandt of Jefferson City, Missouri; brothers, Garry Hodges of Holts Summit, Dennis (Renee) Hodges of Holts Summit, Steve Hodges of New Bloomfield and Glen (Gloria) Hodges of Texas; sister-in-law, Shirley Hodges of Holts Summit; five grandchildren, Derrick, Isaak, David, Nicolas, and Issabella; numerous nieces and nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles. She was also preceded in death by one son, Dustin Brandt and two brothers, Larry and Leonard Hodges. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society in care of Debo Funeral Home, 833 Court Street, Fulton, Missouri 65251. online condolences may be made at


  • American Cancer Society


  • Visitation Saturday, February 9, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, February 9, 2019
  • Burial Saturday, February 9, 2019

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Sherry Cheney Baker

February 6, 2019

I was a New Bloomfield elementary school childhood friend of Debbie's. She always had a smile on her face, was always willing to help anyone who needed it and endured many hardships in her life, but still came out saying, "whatever it takes, I won't give up, I'm a fighter"; and she proved that time and time again. My heart goes out to all her family and friends, she will be sadly missed but fondly remembered. My heart is comforted to know she no longer knows the physical pain she had come to learn to live with daily. May everyone keep her spirit alive by sharing her memory whenever possible.