Debra A. Heyde

December 28, 1948September 14, 2020

On Monday, September 14, 2020, Debbie Heyde, loving wife and mother of three children, passed away at age 71. Debbie was born on December 28, 1948 in Bremen, IN to Leon and Jeanne (Cochern) Ingerham. On November 27, 1966, she married Paul Noble Heyde. They raised one son, Keenan, and two daughters, Sybil and Rachel. Debbie was preceded in death by her mother, Jeanne. She is survived by her husband, Paul, her three children, Keenan, Sybil and Rachel, her daughter-in-law, Diana, son-in-law Eric, her sister, Shelly, father, Leon, and grandkids Gweneth, Duncan, Fred and Josephine.

With the formalities out of the way, let’s take some time to really celebrate who Debbie was to her friends and family. She was one of the kindest, most generous people you would ever hope to meet. She would make friends with strangers and wasn’t afraid to talk to random people at random times (much to the discomfort of her kids).

She loved dogs and had a tendency to adopt the most high maintenance and needy pups from the shelter. Those broken dogs found a loving forever home with Paul and Debbie. It is not a stretch to say those dogs were, in some way, very challenging. Ask the family for more details.

Debbie was generous with friends and family and would frequently shop QVC to share her discoveries with others. Keenan and his family would frequently receive unannounced packages several times a year. Debbie was known to sign people up for trail mix of the month clubs. Keenan has not been able to eat all of the trail mix he received.

As most of you know, Debbie was a fighter and a survivor. The last 16 years of her life saw her battle ovarian cancer 3 times, breast cancer and liver cancer. Rather than being defined as someone who had cancer, Debbie chose to embrace survivorship. She packed a lifetime of living into her courageous battle against her nemesis. She carried angel tokens with her to share with her fellow cancer fighters, their families, and, yes, random people she would meet when she was out and about. And, by her side, providing support and love, was Paul.

It's not possible to summarize such an amazing person’s life in a condensed “Readers Digest” manner without leaving out other milestones and events. It is hoped whoever reads this humble obituary will have a sense of who Debbie was. Her legacy is lasting and she is now enjoying her eternal rest.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


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Robyn Murphy

September 18, 2020

We were so very saddened to hear of Debbie’s passing . Debbie was such a Beautiful Lady. Debbie felt such deep compassion for others, and that was shown by Her actions of Kindness. You could see the great Love She had for Her Family, always trying to be patient and positive, always looking for ways to help and encourage Them. She was a good friend, and She will be fondly missed and remembered.
We look forward to a time when Our God Jehovah fulfills His Promise from Revelation 21:4 where He Promises to wipe away every tear from our eyes, and to get rid of death , and mourning and outcry and pain.....along with all suffering .... these things will be gone forever...
We Look forward to the time when our Loved Ones that we have lost , will be brought back to Life, then our Hearts Will be filled with such Joy . We look forward to the time when We will be living forever , on God’s Beautiful Paradise Earth . The very Paradise that , Our Loving Father had originally planed for Us to Live On .... Please , just Imagine how Wonderful that time will be.💜

With warm Love,
Robyn and Tim Murphy

Anne Hayter

September 18, 2020

Debbie was the most lovely person you could meet! I met her in 1985 in Jubail, Saudi Arabia. She was such a kind, bubbly person who cared so much about others! We last saw each other in 1988, but that was not the end of our friendship. She saw me through some of the hardest times of my life, sent one of her angels to my niece, who was so touched that someone she had never met cared about her! I will miss her greatly!
Rest In Peace my friend!
To Paul,Keenan,Sybil,Rachel and all of Debbie’s family ,our thoughts are with you at this awful time! Keep safe!

Lisa Clay

September 18, 2020

I remember when Mrs. Heyde allowed Sybil to bless me with a beautiful handbag.

Jan Ashbaugh

September 17, 2020

I am deeply saddened to hear about Debbie’s passing. Even though I was actually a friend of her sister Shelly I always liked Deb and her folks too. I spent a lot of my childhood with my grandparents at their cottage on Lake of the Woods in Bremen, IN, and it was right next to Debs house. I also knew of her husband Paul and his family was well known and liked. I will be saying many prayers for Debbie and her family and will remember her always.


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