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Debra Lynn Bryant, 59, of Patoka, IN left her earthly home November 18, 2023, surrounded by her loving family. The family has comfort knowing God welcomed her with open arms, where she has no more pain and no more suffering. She was born November 09, 1964, in Oakland City, IN to Thomas Duncan Bryant and Diane (Thorne) Bryant. Debbie attended and graduated from Princeton Community High School in 1983. She went on to Indiana State University of Evansville, which is now known as University of Southern Indiana, to earn her bachelor's degree in social work. Debbie worked as a social worker with troubled children and foster placement for 26 years. She served as a juvenile probation officer for 7 years. Most recently she worked as a secretary for College of Health Science and Human Performance at Vincennes University.
Debbie was a member of Patoka Methodist Church where she loved to sing and play piano. She also would spread her love of music by playing at Patoka Presbyterian Church and all over the state of Indiana. Debbie was a member of Princeton Assembly No. 98 International Order of Rainbow for Girls where she was a past Mother Advisor, past Worthy advisor, Grand Musician, Grand Cross of Color team member, Grand Helper, and the Director of Grand Representaties in Indiana. She was a member of the Eastern Star where she was a Past Matron, past District Deputy and past Grand Organist. She was a member of Isis Temple Daughters of the Nile in Evansville serving as Musician. Debbie was a member of Elinor Markel Memorial Court #14 serving as Royal Matron and Grand Associate Matron of the Indiana Grand Court Order of the Amaranth. She served on many special committees and boards including the Humane Society for several years. Debbie was an avid scrapbooker and crafter. She was known to make the most beautiful scrapbooks. She also loved listening to Elvis Gospel music. It truly provided comfort, especially in the most difficult days. Debbie had a servant’s heart that was a beacon of light for so many with her positive attitude and joy for living. She would spread her love and scripture each day by posting motivational messages and scripture. Debbie also made blankets for Chemo buddies while she was receiving her treatments or during her own hospital stays. She was a special person to so many and left a wonderful legacy for her family and friends to cherish. Debbie is loved beyond words and will always be missed.
She was preceded in death by her father; grandparents, Verner (Nellie) Thorne and Jack (Gladys) Bryant; and great nephew, Braydon Tyler Hensley.
Debbie is survived by her mother; sister, Rebecca (James) Little; niece, Ava Little (Jacob Hensley); nephew, Ethan Little; aunts, Janet Biehl and Karen Pfeiffer; special cousin, Alice Carey; and many other cousins, friends, and co-workers.
The funeral service will be held at 11 am Wednesday, November 22, 2023 at Colvin Funeral Home in Princeton, IN. Interment will follow at Decker Cemetery in Patoka, IN. Visitation will be from 4:30 until 8:30 pm Tuesday, November 21st at Colvin Funeral Home.
For those who wish, memorial contributions may be made to the Patoka Methodist Church or Patoka Presbyterian Food Bank, envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
The family would like to extend a heartfelt Thank you to the doctors, nurses, and staff at Deaconess Gateway Hospital. They would also like to thank her aunt Karen who stayed with her most of the hospital journey. The family appreciated the compassionate care and love given to Debbie.
Condolences may be expressed online at www.colvinfuneralhome.com. Colvin Funeral Home in Princeton is honored to serve the Bryant family.
Patoka Methodist Church
P.O. Box 206, Patoka IN 47666
Patoka Presbyterian Church Food Pantry
P.O. Box 43, Patoka IN 47666