Deborah Deann Shrader
September 30, 1950 – August 6, 2018
Deborah Deann Shrader, 67, lost her battle with cancer on August 6, 2018 at HCI Kavanagh House and is now pain free in heaven singing and rejoicing with her Heavenly Father.
Debbie was born on September 30, 1950 in Des Moines, Iowa. She was adopted by Ray and Wilma Pennington.
She met her husband Rick Shrader in 1976 at a Blackwood Brothers concert. After a missionary trip to Africa in which they went with their church group, they married in May of 1977. They later had their only child Sara. Rick and Debbie celebrated their 41st wedding anniversary earlier this year.
Debbie enjoyed reading, baking, shopping, and playing with her beloved grandkids. She also loved walks around Gray’s Lake and time visiting with family and friends. Debbie attended Union Park Baptist Church where she worshiped her Lord and Savior and fellowship with her church family.
She graduated from Iowa Lutheran School of Nursing began her career as a nurse at Lutheran Hospital. After 9 years there, she took a position in the Maternity Ward at Mercy Hospital, where she retired after 29 years of service.
Debbie is survived by her husband, Rick; daughter, Sara Daniels (Seth) of Des Moines; grandchildren, Noah and Ever; step-mother, Norma Pennington of Des Moines; sister, Becky Jerwers (Jim) of California. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ray and Wilma Pennington.
Funeral services will be 10 am on Friday, August 10 at Union Park Baptist Church. Visitation will be from 5-7 pm on Thursday evening at the church. Burial will be at Resthaven Cemetery in West Des Moines. Memorials may be made to Swaziland Orphanage c/o Union Park Baptist Church.
- Debbie is survived by her husband, Rick; daughter, Sara Daniels (Seth) of Des Moines; grandchildren, Noah and Ever; step-mother, Norma Pennington of Des Moines; sister, Becky Jerwers (Jim) of California. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ray and Wilma Pennington.
- Jerry Guillion, Pallbearer
- Bill Sowder, Sr., Pallbearer
- Justin Turnbull, Pallbearer
- Mike Bishop, Pallbearer
- Jimmy Bishop, Pallbearer
- Bruce Sweet, Pallbearer
- Russ Bishop, Honorary Pallbearer
- Jim Jerwers, Honorary Pallbearer
- Swaziland Orphanage c/o Union Park Baptist Church
- Visitation Thursday, August 9, 2018
- Funeral Service Friday, August 10, 2018
Deborah Deann Shrader
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August 10, 2018
I will always remember Debbie's kind smile and gentle spirit. I mourn her in my heart. Rick and the family obviously took wonderful care of Debbie through this trying time. My condolences to all.
August 8, 2018
I got to know Debbie when I started working at Mercy on the mother/baby floor in the boutique. I often shared lunch breaks with Debbie and enjoyed our visits. She was always kind to me and I remember how excited she was when she found out she was going to be a grandmother! After she retired it was,always fun to see her again at our cookie exchanges. Gone much too soon,
August 7, 2018
My heart goes out to the Shrader family during this difficult and sorrowful time. A beautiful life has been taken too soon. Debbie was a kind, caring and gentle woman and nurse. Her legacy lives on through her family, plus the many new moms and babies she welcomed and helped to get a good start in this world. May many lovely memories comfort you.
August 7, 2018
I worked with Debbie for 13 years at Mercy. She was a wonderful , kind person both as nurse and as my friend. We always enjoyed working together. We had lots of laughs, and some tears. I will miss her very much, but I know she's in an amazing place now.