Debra Breeden Eiser
October 24, 1964 – July 28, 2020
EISER, Debra Breeden, 55, of North Chesterfield, Virginia, passed away at home on Tuesday, July 28, 2020, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Debra was born on October 24, 1964 and grew up in Chesterfield, Virginia. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Information Systems from James Madison University (JMU), where she met and fell in love with her future husband, Tony Eiser, and the couple went on to share 32 years in marriage. Debra was preceded in death by her parents, Frederick Henry Breeden, Jr. and Betty Covington Breeden. She is survived by her loving husband, Tony Eiser, and their three children, Dylan Eiser, Haley Eiser, and Aaron Eiser, all from North Chesterfield, VA; brother, Michael Breeden (Janine) from Buffalo, New York; sister, Nancy Breeden Johnson (Todd) from North Chesterfield, VA; two nephews, Jared and Joshua Breeden; and three nieces, Brittany, Kaitlynn, and Emily Johnson. Upon graduation from JMU, Debra worked at Reynolds Metals Company for 12 years and also obtained her Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Richmond. She then transitioned from career programmer to career mom, when she decided to stay home and raise their three children. Once the children were older, Debra began working at St Mark’s Preschool; she also worked bingo scheduling for the FC Richmond Soccer Club – Debra thoroughly enjoyed those rewarding experiences. Debra was at her happiest watching her children play soccer and basketball and was always their biggest fan. While softball was always Debra’s main sport by which she excelled in elementary school, through high school and college, and then later as an adult, Debra very quickly became the ultimate soccer mom and was team mom for all her kids’ sports teams. She was devoted to raising her kids and her best memories were at the beach with her family and playing family games around the kitchen table. The funeral mass will be held on August 14, 2020, at 1:00 PM at Church of the Epiphany, 11000 Smoketree Drive, North Chesterfield, Virginia 23236. The visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on August 13, 2020 at Woody Funeral Home, 1020 Huguenot Road, Midlothian, Virginia 23113. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the VCU Massey Cancer Center or your local SPCA.
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Woody Funeral Home Huguenot Chapel
Debra Breeden Eiser
August 11, 2020
Debbie. We miss you. From the days when you coaxed Manning into preschool to the days that we spent on the sideline and stands cheering the girls on, I have very vivid and wonderful memories. Thank you for being a wonderful person. You brightened everyone’s day.
August 11, 2020
Debbie was an amazing mother and like a second mother to my son Charlie. I can only say my mother will meet her at the gates of heaven. Debbie was one of my mothers favorite people. We all adored her and we are so sorry for your loss. It is a loss for all of us!
Sending thoughts and prayers,
Love to you all,
August 8, 2020
I remember the first time I met your Mom, she said to put you in charge of Logan(Young) because you could keep him straight. She took loving care of people. Kind, caring, and giving are 3 words that come to my mind when I remember your Mom. I am incredibly sad to hear this news. Please know that I am thinking of you and your family, and praying for all of you. She will walk with all of you all the rest of your days. May God wrap you and your family in His arms to comfort you now and in the days and weeks to come.
Fondly, Cathy Harrington
August 6, 2020
My deepest condolences to you and your family. May Debra’s memory be a comfort and a blessing at this time. Beryl Patrone (Holzbach)
August 5, 2020
I don’t even know where to begin. Been struggling to think of the right words to let you know how much you meant to me. You were the truest, best friend I ever had - from high school to college and for so many years after. Softball, softball, and more softball. . . . that’s how it all started - but then there was so much more. You’re the one who always understood me best - always there with a four-leaf clover or a buttercup to make me feel better. I still have the letter you wrote me in July of 1982 just before I went off to JMU, leaving you behind for your final year of high school. Best friends separated for a year, but then you were right there by my side at JMU - only to fall in love with my goofy, dear friend, Tony. How could it get any better than that?! We drifted but then came back together in young adulthood - weddings, softball, Kevin, Dylan, Nathan, birthday parties, and then the double special surprise - Haley and Aaron! Before-kids’ lake trips, after-kids’ Myrtle Beach trips, ski trips and then busy lives causing us to drift away yet again. I think it’s been 8 years since we last saw each other. A lot has happened in those 8 years and I am so sorry I wasn’t there to help you through it. I always admired your intelligence, calmness, quick laugh, and inner strength - oh, so much strength. . . And let’s not forget your ability to do the splits playing first base! Funny how you could only do the splits if you were playing that position and had to dig for one of my awful throws from somewhere across the infield. While you were the best first baseman ever, you were an even better friend, mom, sister, daughter, and wife. I cannot believe you are gone, but I hope and pray you are up there quietly giggling with your mom and doing the splits again at first base, proudly wearing #4. I love you, Debbie!
August 5, 2020
My condolences to Tony, Dylan, Haley, and Aaron. Debra had a beautiful smile with a loving and kind personality. May she now be at peace and rest in the loving arms of God, and enjoying the heavenly fruits derived from her earthly labor.
August 4, 2020
Debbie was such a lovely person. It was such a pleasure to watch her watching her kids play the game we all love. Joan and I hope she has found peace. We want her family to know we are thinking about them at this sad time. Rest In Peace Debbie.
Joan & Dave Amsler
Bobbie & Mike Yeatts
August 2, 2020
It was such a joy knowing Debra through so many years. She was a genuinely kind person...someone who made the world better in both words and actions. Debra was such a natural when teaching the children at St. Mark's Preschool and her co-teachers loved and respected her.
We also knew her in her younger years when she was a strong athlete. It was such a fitting statement when she told us that she would do all she could to fight her illness, that she would go out swinging and not with the bat on her shoulders. That spirit was so impressive.
We will miss her everyday, but will remember all the things she taught us about living.
Our most sincere condolences to Tony and her children as well as her brother Michael and sister Nancy.
Bobbie & Mike
August 1, 2020
Bill and I are sending our deepest sympathy. We are so sorry to hear of Debbie's passing,,, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. She was a beautiful woman with a heart of gold and touched many hearts.
Bill and Joanne Auberger
August 1, 2020
In life, God gives you friends that each give you gifts. Debie shared so many gifts with me and my family that I will treasure forever.
My earliest memories with Debie are at the Church of the Epiphany as her RCIA sponsor, which evolved into a lifelong friendship, including being a Godparent, family vacations, “at home preschools”, Bunco groups, and just spending time together.
I remember our young families spending a week at Nagshead and being evacuated due to a hurricane. The weather and the evacuation weren’t the memory though, it was the joy of watching Debie teach Dylan words in a book, playing games late into the evening and enjoying fun in the sun and Greg and Tony taking those flying lessons.
Later, Debie and I shared “ at-home pre-schools. Debie generously opened her house every week and then taking her turn teaching Haley, Aaron, my two and several others...maybe leading to her career at St. Marks!
As time has a way of separating people, our children grew and our focus shifted but we always kept that special bond.
Debie, May the Lord welcome you into His arms. Thank you for all you have given me in this world. The lessons of patience as we both started families at the same time; the lessons of simplicity to enjoy the things in life which bring us joy; the lessons of family-to value them above all else; the lessons of faith as we both grew in Catholicism together and your last lesson of courage. Despite your pain, you always remained positive and hopeful.
And your spaghetti sauce. Thank you for the recipe! I made it the Day you entered heaven in your memory. I’ll remember you each time our family shares that meal.
As we all continue to fight COVID-19, you’ll be close in my heart. I know every time I put on a mask I think of you, hoping that despite your pain (although you were brave & courageous) you found some comfort in being in a mask among many masks.
Sending you love and hugs, Debie, I will miss you.
James and Felicia Rakes
July 31, 2020
So sorry to hear of Debra's passing.
So young to be leaving. She had so much more nurturing to share with children still left undone.
July 31, 2020
You are in my prayers, Eiser family. My son, Kain, loved having Mrs. Eiser as a teacher. She was kind and smart. In our parent teacher conferences, she shared specific information that let me know she truly knew my son, and I appreciated her expertise and knowledge of childhood development. Teachers are a blessing, and Mrs. Eiser was truly one of the best.
July 31, 2020
Very sorry for your lost. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.
July 31, 2020
We are so sorry for your loss. Mrs. Eiser will always hold a special place in our hearts. We were lucky enough to have her as our Junior Kindergarten teacher at St. Mark’s for our oldest son Mason in 2017. I’ve attached their class photo from that year. Our son is in the 2nd row in the middle with the biggest smile, which is representative of how happy he was there. She was a wonderful woman who helped to teach him and guide him, and we will forever be indebted to her for that. We are sending you all prayers for peace at this difficult time.
The Goff Family