Debra S. Thomas, 53, of 26337 State Highway 77, Saegertown, died as a result of an automobile accident occurring in Blooming Valley on Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 2, 2013. Her survivors include her husband, Randy H. Thomas, whom she married on Jan. 21, 1978.
Born Aug. 1, 1959, in Erie, Debra was a daughter of the late Merle Burge and Florence Melvin Burge. She graduated from Maplewood High School in 1977 and completed the Crawford County Vo-Tech food preparation program where she met her husband, Randy. She began working at Meadville Medical Center in a co-op program in 1976, and continued her career in food service there as the head cook, most recently serving in her 36th year. Debbie was a member of Blooming Valley United Methodist Church and was currently a member of the Eagles Channel Dusters bowling league. She especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.
In addition to her husband, Randy, Debbie is survived by two daughters, Kelly Marie DeMarches and her husband, Travis, of Meadville, and Kathy Lynne Douglas and her husband, Justin, of Meadville; two grandchildren, Gavin John Douglas and Megyn Elizabeth DeMarches, both of Meadville; a brother, Russell Burge and his wife, Judy, of Cambridge Springs; several nieces and nephews; and her special friends at the dietary department at Meadville Medical Center.
She was preceded in death, in addition to her parents, by a niece, Janet Shorts Parsley, in 2012; and by a sister, Donna Shorts, in 1995.
Friends may call at Van Matre Family Funeral Home, 335 Venango Ave., Cambridge Springs, on Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. and are invited to attend funeral services there on Monday morning at 11. The Rev. Beverly Spore, pastor of Blooming Valley United Methodist Church, will officiate.
Interment will be in Beaver Center Cemetery.
To send condolences, please visit vanmatrefuneralhome.com.