Debra McGraw

May 17, 1952October 1, 2021

Debra Ann McGraw (nee Hall) passed away peacefully at the age of 69 on October 1, 2021. She was the loving wife of Sherman “Space” McGraw, the devoted mother to Nathan McGraw and soon-to-be mother-in-law of Colleen McLaughlin. Debra attended the University of Illinois with a degree in Occupational Therapy. She dedicated her life as an Occupational Therapist helping students overcome multiple difficulties. Debra loved working with children so much that when she retired in 2016 she volunteered at the children’s garden at The Morton Arboretum.

Debra is best known for her caring and compassionate nature. Among Nathan’s closest friends, she was a second mother and always there to help whenever she was able to. Debra will be missed by all. Visitation will be held on Saturday, October 16, 2021,at Blake-Lamb Funeral Home, 5015 Lincoln Ave., Lisle, from 10 am to 12 pm with a Memorial Service to follow at 12 pm.


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    Saturday, October 16, 2021

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    Saturday, October 16, 2021


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Iris DiMaggio

October 16, 2021

Nate, I am really sorry for the intense & multiple losses you have had , especially at such a special time in your life. I’m praying for strength & support for you. Deb, my dear friend, I’m so sorry for what you went through, and for your time here being cut short….but so very grateful for the time you had here & that we had together as well. You led a life of excellence…with many being the recipient of your love, caring, spirituality, friendship, nurturing, intelligence and professional skills as well. You’ve touched so many lives. I’ll miss our walks, our gardening and visits (you & Space , You, Sue & I). I love you dearly and will miss you profoundly😢

All my love, now and forever, Iris ♥️😘♥️

PS - Thanks for keeping us on task during our time as Religious Ed teachers. You made such a difference in their lives….You’re the best.

jan wahlbeck

October 14, 2021

Debbie and I were co-workers for 20 years at NIA. She was a wonderful person to work with, share ideas with and always fun to be with. The atmosphere in her office was a place to experience learning things I would never have been exposed to in a regular office situation. Debbie and I were not just mere boss and support staff, we were friends; and I will always think of her that way. My friend Debbie.

Susan Esparza

October 12, 2021

Debbie, I am so grateful to have had you as my neighbor and as one of my best friends for over 31 yrs. I will always cherish all the good times we had. Our boys growing up together, hanging on my deck with the dogs, walking at Cantigny and Morton Arboretum, and especially Eyes to the Skies. Thank you for always being there for me, especially the day my mom died. I love you my sister from another mother. Rest in peace. 'Til we meet again...

Ana Robledo

October 10, 2021

Ana Robledo

October 9, 2021

Nate, I’m sorry for the loss of Aunt Debbie. We loved her so much and are heartbroken she passed. Christian loved her sloppy joes and our last text exchange besides pictures of Aria was the recipe for them. My anniversaries will be celebrated with her and Uncle Sherm in mind as always since we share the same date. Sending you love and hugs.