G. Debra Marlett

February 26, 1935February 3, 2021

Debra Georgelma Marlett, 85, of Indianapolis, peacefully passed away on February 3, 2021. Debbie was born on February 26, 1935, to George DeVault and Thelma McMindes DeVault in Lafayette, Indiana.

In childhood, she was a Rainbow Girl and Girl Scout, played the piano and violin, and loved animals. After graduating from Jefferson High School in 1953, she pursued a degree in accounting at Indiana University, where she pledged Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority. She was in multiple honor societies, on the Arbutis Yearbook staff and on the IU Foundation. After graduating from college, she went on to get her CPA in 1984 and worked in the field until she was 81 years old.

Debbie was a member of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, a lifetime Indianapolis Colts season ticket holder, and loved playing bridge. In the community, she volunteered at Indy Feral Cat Organization and was a donor for the Indianapolis Zoo, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and YMCA Camp Tecumseh. Debbie was predeceased by her husband of 32 years, Charles H. Marlett. She is survived by her daughters Karyn Vanarsdall (husband Gerald) Barrett, Dawn Vanarsdall Troke, and Amy Vanarsdall (husband Richard) Glover. She was grandmother to Jacqueline Troke, Colleen Troke (husband Aaron) Haynes, Evan and Ian Glover, and was a great grandmother to Kyla Shelladay. She was stepmother to Kurt (wife Terry) Marlett and Lisa Marlett, and a step grandmother to Amanda Marlett. Immediate family will have a celebration of life on February 27th. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Indianapolis Zoo or American Cancer Society.


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Karen Barclay

February 16, 2021

I have known Deb for decades....long before she married Chuck. We always shared a special bond. Over the years we enjoyed trips to Mexico and Spain. I have fond memories of cocktails on Lake Kesslerwood East, lunches, dinners, walks and of course great conversations. Annually we looked forward to our Christmas Luncheon and gift exchange. I last saw Deb right before Christmas when I took lunch to her condo. We shared a bottle of wine, opened gifts and reminisced about past years. So glad that I had one last visit with her. I truly love and miss you my friend!

Mary Ball

February 15, 2021

Adding to my brief comment earlier, I failed to mention that my friendship with Debbie began thru our now deceased husbands, who were brothers-in-law at one time and long time friends, so the four of us spent many good times together: IU football games, American Business Club functions, weekends at the Ball Cottage, and dining, to mention a few.

Debbie and I continued our friendship by playing bridge and dining out. When the pandemic hit and we could no longer play bridge, I would pick her up and still enjoy an occasional dinner out, which I miss already.

With many fond memories,
Mary Ball

Mary Ball

February 15, 2021

Debbie was a dear friend and we shared many interests together. I will miss her❣️

Dick and Diane Silcox

February 14, 2021

We have known Debbie since 1960 and our children have been friends forever. She was an avid IU fan and we attended the football games together for 50 years. With our families, we shared ski trips to Michigan and a trip to Cozumel, Mexico. We also spent time on their boat at Lake Monroe. Debbie was a great cook, especially with appetizers, which we all enjoyed at Lake Maxinkuckee.
After Debbie overcame her own battle with cancer, she went on to help many others through their personal trauma with the disease.
One of Debbie's greatest passions was her love for cats. She had many cats of her own throughout the years and her home was filled with cat decor.
Debbie, an accounting major, loved working with numbers and with any organization she was involved in, she was the treasurer.
Debbie was a dear friend and she will be greatly missed.

Jeri Ballantine

February 11, 2021

There are many of us Indy area Zetas who will miss Debbie's wonderful personality at our monthly 'Out to Lunch Bunch' gatherings. Our thoughts & prayers are with her family.

Debbie Stanton

February 8, 2021

I have very fond memories of Debbie & her late husband, Chuck, over the years as I visited with her daughter, Dawn & family.

Brian and Carolyn McLaughlin

February 7, 2021

So sorry for your loss , what a sweet classy lady she was . We really enjoyed having her for a neighbor . She will be missed.
Brian and Carolyn McLaughlin
Villas at Geist

Nancy Daugherty

February 6, 2021

I'm so sorry for your loss...Debbie and I became friends when she first moved to The Villas at Geist, and I found out she enjoyed playing bridge. I had been trying to find players who would like to play in our clubhouse. We had a great time playing, as well as comparing opinions on the newspaper's weekly bridge column. We also went together to most of the women's lunches.

She was a lovely person, both inside and out. My only regret is that we missed so much time together during most of this past year, due to the COVID pandemic. Every time we talked, she always said she was missing playing bridge. She and I were equally avid about it. She will definitely be missed.

All of you will be in my prayers...Nancy Daugherty