Debra Ann Stewart

Debra Ann Stewart of Raytown, Missouri was born September 16, 1953 and passed away much too young on November 24th, 2015 in her home surrounded by her loving family.

She joins her mother, Bonnie Bench, whom Debra genuinely missed every day.

Debra will continue to move forward, as she would say, through her family:Phillip P. Stewart, her son John P. Stewart and her daughter Christina A. Carter. Debra will be sorely missed by her son-in-law Jeffrey D. Carter and her daughter-in-lawMackenzie T. Francisco both of whom were treated as if they were Debra’sown.

Debra leaves behind her dog Ellie and her grand-pups Tweeter and Cali. She loved her dogs immeasurably and could name every dog she had loved throughout her life, their favorite toys and how each preferred their belly scratched.

Debra, who retired her position as “the pager lady” at Truman Medical Center-Hospital Hill after twelve years, was a woman of simple tastes and loves.She enjoyed a good hug and a happy smile and appreciated every material thing she had. Her children’s successes were her ultimate triumph and she was ever proud of each new goal achieved.

Debra was the definition of involved. She was first row in any activity or event that involved her children with encouragement,vibes, and homemade treats in hand. She knew who liked chocolate chip cookies, who liked fudge, and who preferred yellow cake with chocolate frosting. She was swift with offering a song lyric and always remembered what that recipe called for or where the thing you were trying to find was hiding. She made award caliber cakes and wrote intriguing short stories. She was quick witted and absolutely hilarious.

She was weirdly good at card games and loved playing any game with anyone at anytime. She could only be described as an absolute budget and spreadsheet master, and made exceptionally good biscuits and gravy. She enjoyed airing out the house and a good cool breeze. She would never let you forget how priceless a good SOS pad was or how that Christmas bow could be reused next year.

To her family she imbued laughter, taught unconditional love and motivated each of us to achieve our dreams while inspiring us to never settle for less.

As an incredibly strong woman,she courageously lived with and fought cancer for over a year but would instead prefer to be remembered for her immense love she had for her children, her influence upon the countless lives she touched and the beautiful bounty from her garden which she had created and tended with her son.

She asked for no official service but instead wished for you all to tell your loved ones and puppies just how much you love them as many times as you possibly can.


  1. Carrie Denham on December 9, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    I am so sorry for you all. I loved lunch time with her @ TMC. She will be missed.

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