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Debra Jane (Saddler) Moore

December 28, 1964February 9, 2021
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Moore, Debra "Deb" Saddler 56 of Knoxville, TN went to be with her father Tuesday, February 9, 2021. She grew up in Morristown, New Jersey. Deb graduated Morristown High School in 1982. She married and had her son, Nicholas. Deb relocated to Texas and attended DeVry University studying IT. She worked in a number of accounting and business roles before relocating to Knoxville, Tennessee. In Knoxville, she met and later married the love of her life, Gerald Moore in 2006. Deb enjoyed the time she had with her step daughter, Trinity. Together Deb and Gerald built the home where she passed peacefully in her sleep.

In her spare time, she was an avid puzzle solver and could solve crossword puzzles faster than anyone her family knew of. When she wasn't solving puzzles, she enjoyed murder mysteries, ghost stories, cooking shows and trivia game shows. Deb loved to listen to music and in her prime, she saw the Ramones live at CBGB, and even befriended multiple musical artists before they were ever famous. When she wasn't reliving her glory days, Deb enjoyed communication with everyone in her family most of all her best friend, her sister, husband and son.

She is preceded in death by parents, Charles Dean and Doris Jean Saddler. Deb is survived by husband, Gerald Moore; son, Nicholas Saddler; step daughter, Trinity Godfrey; grandchildren, River Liliana and Serina Grace Godfrey; sister and brother-in-law, Dena Jean Saddler and Kevin Keey; step mother, Andrea Saddler.

Family will receive friends Saturday, February 13th from 4-6pm at McCarty Evergreen Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to St. Jude Children's Hospital at www.stjude.org.

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Greta Hoffman

February 16, 2021

I was best friends with Deb’s kid in college and was recruited to work at their family store. Deb instantly welcomed me in and treated me like one of the fam. She was nothing but kind, fun, and generous with me. She’s one of those people you’re grateful to have met. Thank you and huge hugs to her family <3

Dawn Redden

February 16, 2021

I just wanted to share this with the family. Deb wrote this personal note in my senior yearbook. She was a Friend that I cherished from day one we met in Mrs. Harrison’s home room in 7th grade at Frelinghuysen. We became Sisters ♥️ I’ll be more than happy to elaborate on her message to me and share the memories! As Heaven has gain an Angel, our hearts are hurting but I know she’s smiling watching over us all and I hear her laugh! My Heart goes out to Deb’s Family, y’all are always in my thoughts and prayers!!!

Ashton Fawver

February 15, 2021

Debra will always hold a part of my heart. All the memories shared in that dining room in Four Way In. All the laughter and chaos that comes with teenagers. I always looked up to her, and I will always admire her larger than life personality.

Dena Saddler

February 15, 2021

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She felt so much better recently with her new hip and was going to get her knees fixed and go back to therapy. We were going to go to the beach together in our old age and beachcomb and sunburn. Was, were, was, were.
Now she lives only in my head- dreams, memories. When my heart gets this crushed feeling and tears fall. My thoughts race about her, her face. I slip away, thinking of her face and wondering how you are doing seester. Widdel sister. The button with her name on it still there, where we used to connect every day.
I will end with a poem by Emily Dickenson. I am not sure she knew the poem, But I think she would have wanted all of us to know this, to tell us all this:
And if I go while you’re still here, know that I live on, vibrating to a different measure behind a thin veil you cannot see through. You will not see me, so you must have faith. I wait for a time when we can soar together again, both aware of each other. Until then, live your life to the fullest and when you need me, just whisper my name in your heart, I will be there.

Dena Saddler

February 15, 2021

For those who don’t know me, I am Dena, Debra’s sister. I am the oldest, so I knew Debra her whole life. She was 56. Our mom was 56 when she passed. We talked about this a lot. I will be 60 in April. I know I will make it without her, but I don’t really know how and it will be with a lot of sadness and loneliness.
Debra was my best friend. Her name is Debra and although just about everyone she ever knew (except me and Nick and Dad and Mom) called her Deb- I always called her Debra.
We were a team through our childhood- eating green apples in the park, riding bikes, making forts, playing dozens of games, riding along in the green machine, visiting neighbors just to say ‘hi’ and see if they had any cookies. Which absolutely mortified my mom when she would find out. Riding our bikes from dawn until dark. We fought about who’s turn it was to sit in the front seat of the car & clean the cat litter.
We were not always best friends. Through our late childhood, teens, we made fun of each other and borrowed clothes without asking and fought about who turn it was to use the phone. But we came back together in our college years, with us sending goofy letters to each other, usually drunk or stoned. We worked at the diner together, and lied about not being able to work on our days off because we were at the shore.
Debra and I laughed. Really laughed. When we were small, we would take turns seeing who could make the funniest face in the mirror and we would laugh- she won a lot, me too. Later on, we would find some dumb thing so funny we could not stop laughing. We would cry and snort laughing, with one of us usually ending up falling down and rolling on the floor. I have only ever laughed like that with one other person- my husband Kevin. Now he’s the only one.
We talked every day. Every day. About nothing. About everything. About candy we liked and our husbands and work and how Debra was feeling. It made me nuts that I could not help her to feel better,

Joshua Riggs

February 13, 2021

Here's to Deb. My mother attempted to raise me, but Deb attempted to culture me. I'll never forget her ecstatic wheezing laugh, sometimes at Nick and I, and sometimes with us. Deb was my second mom, and I will forever be grateful for the wisdom, memories and laughs that she imparted to me. Love you mom, always.

Josh/Fish

Kevin Keey

February 13, 2021

I love you my dearest sister. I will miss you forever. I’ll miss talking with you about everything, like football, music, life itself. I promise I’ll take good care of your beloved sister Dena , and I hope that we’ll see each other again someday. And I pray that you are out of pain now. Until we meet again...

Dana Foreman

February 13, 2021

I met Deb in the summer of 1980 at my first job as a dishwasher in a diner. She was a waitress there. We started dating for a short while. It ended and I would see her around Morristown High school a bit. I’m happy to have found her on Facebook and over the past few years had a great relationship with her. We bust chops about our rival football teams ( She was a Cowboys fan, me the NY Giants) and talk about movies. Especially westerns. She loved the movie Tombstone and Gettysburg. A few years back she was going through a rough patch. So I decided to do some thing nice for her to cheer her up. It was snowing here and I was off from work. So I went out in my car and drove to all the places from her pass that she cared about. Frank’s luncheonette, Suvios Pizza, MHS, even her old house and took pictures of those places and sent them down to her on an email. She loved it and it really improved her mood. I was happy to do it. I’ll miss her allot come next football season. You watch,....Dallas Cowboys make the Super Bowl and she have to watch from heaven. Smiling and busting my chops about it. RIP my friend.

Dawn Redden

February 13, 2021

So many wonderful memories. Our friendship started in 7th grade. When we got to MHS, Deb, Corinne and I became the 3 Musketeers as she put it. Some how she came up with Dawniepoops as a nickname for me and she said she was the only who could call me that! We were sisters and her friendship was priceless! Lots of talks, whatever was said was safe with each other. Her laugh and witty humor will always been with me. My prayers are with the family! Till we meet again Sis, I Love You ❤️

barbara whitonis

February 12, 2021

I went to high school with Debbie but the group was Corinne, Dawn, Debbie, and myself. She had vey long red hair with a smile on her face.

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