OBITUARY

Debra K. Barnhouse

March 8, 1956June 2, 2019
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Debra (Deb) K. Barnhouse was born in Lincoln, NE on March 8, 1956 to Charles Damke. With the support of her Dad, she was raised by her grandparents, Vivian (Mom) and Homer Damke. She passed away surrounded by her loving family and friends, on June 2, 2019. Deb graduated from Lincoln High School, where she met and fell in love with Bruce. They were married on June 8, 1974. From this union three children and nine grandchildren were born. This Saturday would have been their 45th Wedding Anniversary, which Deb had so looked forward to celebrating.

Deb, along with Bruce, poured herself into raising and homeschooling their family which included working with the kids in a very successful, start-up wholesale bakery, Platters Plus. She also had a passion for quilts, and made them for many of her children and grandchildren. Deb was called the “Shy Crow,” in a group of quilting friends from Lincoln Bible Church, who have gathered for over 20 years.

The eight, cherished grandchildren Deb was blessed with, were in turn blessed beyond measure by her. She deserves the Grandma Extraordinaire Award for her love, time, creativity, and witness, poured into memorable moments with them.

Above all, Deb loved God and His word, the most. Having believed that Christ died for her sins, she was driven to learn through scripture, who He was and how to live in thanks for what He had done for her at the cross. She excelled in living a life of diligent bible study, selflessness, service to Lincoln Bible Church and her fellow believers, obedience, self-control, and praise of Him.

Ever since her cancer diagnosis in Dec of 2015, Deb strived to know more about the eternity God had promised through her salvation. The “refined faith” that comes only through testing, became Deb’s focus as she faced her battle with dignity and reliance upon Him for her strength and hope. Especially, in light of her imminent passing from this temporary, earthly dwelling to her permanent, heavenly home of which she gleaned joy, Deb touched lives too numerous to count with her faith and the good news, 1Cor 15:3 …“Christ died for our sins.” Though she would so humbly disagree, Deb was truly an example for us, all!

Services

  • Celebration of Life Wednesday, June 5, 2019

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John Speidell

June 5, 2019

So many happy memories from our youth, sharing meals, playing board games till all hours, psycho therapy on Benji ..... easy Benji easy ......... yeah that worked well.... Hay rack rides at the Rokeby house. The "Capri" when it was spanking new ..... Colleen and I rejoice in the knowledge Deb is safe and home. We pray for peace and comfort to Bruce and Debbie's family.

Scott Stahmer

June 5, 2019

I remember coming to church with an a friend of Debs once and quickly made friends with her and her husband Bruce, as I grew in Christ I was welcomed out to their house many times to eat diner and just hang out learning more about Christ. I spent so much time with Bruce either fixing a car or watching a movie or learning God’s word, this really shows of a true servant of God to me.
Your pain is over here Deb, and your so missed.

Charles and Jeanne Buswell

June 5, 2019

With Sympathy to Bruce and family. We will always remember Deb with the great smile she always had on a daily basis. She will be missed by family and friends and her special grandchildren.

Thoughts and prayers are with you.🙏

Deb and Gary Kilian

June 4, 2019

We were so sorry to hear of your loss.
We wish peace for your family.

Charlotte Featherston

June 4, 2019

I was very saddened to hear of Deb's passing today. I worked with Deb at Yankee Hill Country Club when I first came to Lincoln .
Deb was always so friendly and kind and we had a nice working friendship over the years we worked together.
I remember she was a fantastic quilter and she would show me what she would be working on.
One summerI was on a trip to Colorado as my son was on a traveling baseball team...we were in Breckenridge in a store and someone called out my name. It was Deb! We laughed at the odds of being so far away and running into each other.
My sincerest condolences to your family ,
Charlotte Featherston

Linda Wilson

June 4, 2019

I became friends with Deb ages ago when we were in the same bowling league. We had a lot of fun together and I will always regret not staying in touch. Peace, my friend.

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