Deborah Kay Coulter

July 9, 1953March 12, 2018

Deb Coulter age 64 went to be with Jesus while embraced in the arms of her loving husband and surrounded by her children.

Deborah Kay Coulter was born in Danville, Illinois. Deb suffered from Breast Cancer and then battled Early Onset Alzheimer’s. Although we grieve the loss of her earthly body leaving us, we rejoice that she is now made perfect in the presence of our Savior.

The most important things in her life were her faith in Jesus, her loving relationship with her husband Roger and being a devoted mother. She was actively involved in ministry as a pastor’s wife with a real passion for womens and children’s ministries. She taught Sunday School, Awana, Vacation Bible School, Precept Ministries Women’s Groups and sang in the choir. She embodied Proverbs 31:10-31, as a Christian wife and dedicated her life to her husband Roger and the churches in Illinois, Louisiana, Pennsylvania and Michigan.

Deb and Roger’s love began in high school in Peoria, Illinois. They were married nearly 45 years and were true examples of love, commitment and loyalty. Together through Campus Crusade, to college basketball, to seminary in Dallas, Texas and the many churches they ministered to, she was always in the front pew at church taking notes of Roger’s sermons. Their love was a testament to the beautiful gift of marriage as intended by their loving Lord. They loved to take walks, ride bikes, visit with their grandchildren, read the Bible, travel and listen and dance to music.

She was an incredible mother to her five children - Jaimee, Joy, Jessica, Jeremy and Jonah. She was a super mom doing it all from making clothes, cutting hair, preparing meals and driving her kids to their many activities. Her famous Italian Cream Cake won a Blue Ribbon at the Monmouth County Fair. She endured losing a child when her son Jeremy passed away in 1991 and what a joyous reunion they are having now in Heaven. After her children were grown, she entered the workforce as a Payroll Manager for several companies.

Her family is at peace that she is rejoicing with her loved ones in Heaven and embraced in the loving and gracious arms of Jesus. She is joined in Heaven by her son Jeremy, her parents Fernetta and Robert Bell, John Boatright, Dorothy and Elmer Coulter, sister Donna Speer and sister in law Dianne Coulter.

There are many that will miss her until they meet again, including her husband Roger, her brother Gary (Penny) Bell, her children - Jaimee (Jeff) Parson, Joy (Erik) Clapsaddle, Jessica (Todd) Buck and Jonah Coulter, and her grandchildren - Miles, August, Graham, Ivy, Gavin, Lila, Sawyer, Annabelle and Alexander, sister and brother in laws - Kathy and Royal Coulter, Gary Coulter, and several nieces and nephews.

On Saturday, March 24, 2018, there will be a service presided by Roger Coulter at Davison-Fulton Woolsey-Wilton Funeral Home on 2408 West Willow Knolls Drive in Peoria, Illinois at 11:00 am, with a visitation for one hour prior. There will be a graveside service following at Lutheran Cemetery on South Pleasant Road. Time of fellowship will follow.

In lieu of flowers, memorials honoring Deb’s life may be sent to Alzheimer’s & Dementia Services of Northern Indiana (922 East Colfax Avenue, South Bend, IN 46617/#572-232-4121) or Haitian Hearts (2727 West Heading Avenue, West Peoria, IL 61604/#309-472-7522). Online condolences may be made at


  • Fernetta and Robert Bell, Parents
  • Roger Coulter, Husband
  • Jaimee (Jeff) Parson, Daughter
  • Joy (Erik) Clapsaddle, Daughter
  • Jessica (Todd) Buck, Daughter
  • Jonah Coulter, Son
  • Jeremy Coulter, Son
  • Miles, August, Graham, Ivy, Gavin, Lila, Sawyer, Annabelle and Alexander, Grandchildren
  • Gary (Penny) Bell, Brother
  • Kathy and Royal Coulter, Gary Coulter, Sister and Brother in Laws
  • ~ several ~, Nieces and Nephews
  • She is joined in Heaven by her son Jeremy, her parents Fernetta and Robert Bell, John Boatright, Dorothy and Elmer Coulter, sister Donna Speer and sister in law Dianne Coulter.

  • Alzheimer's & Dementia Services of Northern Indiana
  • Haitian Hearts


  • Visitation Saturday, March 24, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, March 24, 2018

Deborah Kay Coulter

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Bob and Susie Abegg

June 26, 2018


Love to you and your family from Bob and Susie Abegg. We were so sorry. May your grief be filled with hope as promised in 1 Thess 4. We look forward to a great reunion in the age to come! It was in God's kindness that we heard of Debbie's passing. We were in Door County, WI, and attended Fish Creek Community Church. Ken Muck is the interim pastor there. I looked him up online while he was preaching (!!) and saw Countryside Bible Church. Asked him afterwards if he knew you and he shared about Debbie. While we've lost track of each other for many years, we think and speak fondly so often of you with great memories. Bradley, CCC, DTS, Eastfield Bible many good times so many years ago. We're praying for you and your family. We love you.

Bob and Susie

Greg Durel

March 30, 2018

Roger heartfelt condolences on the temporary loss of Debbi. You and family are in our prayers.
Greg and Cindy Durel
Metairie , La.

Jim Otten

March 21, 2018

Dear Roger,
We were both blessed and sorry to read Deb's lovingly written obituary in the Journal Star. It was the beautiful story of a life well-lived, and brought back some fond memories we have of being with you both at CCC "Four o'clocks", "Friday Nights", and the Christmas Conference at the Marriott. We're so sorry for your loss, but do rejoice with you all that Deb is indeed "made perfect in the presence of our Savior."

May God be very near to you and your family at this time.
Love in Christ from
"Jimmy O" & Diane Otten

Jaimee Parson

March 19, 2018

Words can never describe how much I love you and will miss you until we see each other again in Heaven. Thank you for being the mother you were to me and I hope to be as good as a mother to my 3 boys, your grandsons. To many memories to list, but I will say I think of you every single time I spell my name....I always tell the person I am spelling it to, that "my mother says it's phonetically correct". I am glad you are made perfect in Heaven but sure do miss you here in this life. I love you, mom.

Melissa Hilton

March 15, 2018

I remember when I first met your mom Joy. It was at your bachelorette party and she made me laugh all night. She was the biggest hoot at Second City with all the performances. Remember the button she kept pressing Joy? I am truly sorry about your family's loss but it is comforting to know she is reunited with Jeremy.