OBITUARY

Debra "Debbie" Frances Smith

November 12, 1955December 22, 2020

Debra (Debbie) Frances Smith, a beloved wife, mom, nana and friend, passed away after a long battle with Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease on December 22, 2020. Debbie passed in the comfort of her home in the presence of loved ones.

Debbie was born November 12, 1955 in Kettering, Ohio to the late Homer and Jeanne (Houpe) Bick. She is survived by her husband of 36 years, Richard Alan Smith; daughter, Alyson Smith and son-in-law Tyler Cochran; son, Brian Smith; son Jeffrey Smith and daughter-in-law Michelle (Rearick) Smith; grandchildren, Jordan and Wesley Smith; father-in-law, Everett Smith; and sister-in-law, Carol Smith. Debbie graduated from Fairmont High School in 1974 then attended Miami University where she received her Bachelors and Masters degrees. Dedicating her life to the education of others, Debbie spent a large portion of her career teaching 5th grade at Cline Elementary. She was a friend, to oh so many, reflected in present by the outreach of support from those she touched and in past by frequently holding up family events and travels finding friends to chat with in the most surprising of places. Debbie was compassionate, humanistic, nurturing and cared about the environment long before it was cool – a mission and a set of values that all of her children thoughtfully carry forward. Fond of simple pleasures, she was easy to please and perpetually happy with an outlook on life that was inspiring and optimistic. In her free time, Debbie was an avid reader, frequently attending book clubs with her friends. She enjoyed bike rides with her husband and time spent at the family lake house in Michigan. She was happiest when surrounded by her friends, who were many, and family who loved her dearly. Debbie will be forever missed, and will live on in the hearts and lives of the people she touched.

A private service for the family will be held at the Gebhart-Schmidt-Parramore Funeral Home in Miamisburg. A Celebration of Life will be planned when the family considers it safe for friends and family to gather.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider donations in her name to the Alzheimer’s Association, Humane Society of Greater Dayton, and the Centerville Education Foundation.

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Kathy Schafer

January 8, 2021

I first met Debbie when she was a young mother on vacation at the cottage on Bear Lake owned by her in-laws Evert and Jeanne Smith. My first memory of Rick, her husband, was when he was about 11 +~ years old just after his father purchased the lake property.

Later in life, when I retired and moved to Bear Lake permanently is when Debbie and my friendship blossomed. We shared many things; Reading good books, going to art fairs, heading out shopping, meeting for coffee and splitting a muffin, sitting on the dock with a glass of wine.....and many more.

Debbie always had a sweet bounce to her step and a positive attitude! She loved her family and especially her husband Rick who always happily just enjoyed life together with her. Their future plans were so cut short by this debilitating disease. God needed her and I’m sure He has special plans for her to continue with 🙏.

My heartfelt prayers to Rick and their family as they continue their journey and remember all the lovely times they were blessed to have together.

Denny and Cathy Gault

January 8, 2021

Rick and Family,
Words cannot express how sorry we are about Debbie. We have so many fun memories of time spent together with the kids. She touched so many with her life! She will be deeply missed. Out thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Sandy and Steve Aylward

January 8, 2021

Rick,
So very sorry of the loss of our very special friend of over 40 plus years. So very happy of all the memories and photos I have of us . She was a wonderful loving and caring person. She will be missed by us for sure !!!! Debbie was actually more like a sister to me than a friend . I loved her dearly and she will remain in my heart forever!
Love,
Sandy and Steve

Patti Robeson

January 4, 2021

Rick and family,
We were so sad to hear of Debbie's passing. Please know that we are thinking of you all, and wishing you peace and comfort during this difficult time.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY