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Debra Ann Holden

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Debbie Holden: September 26, 1954-November 17, 2018

Debra Ann (AKA, Deb, Granny, Ms. Debbie, Mrs. Holden, Lil'Deb, Mom, Grandma) was born to Don and Margaret Lucas, September 26, 1954, on the door mat of the hospital in Zanesville, Ohio.  For those that knew Don and Peg she said, "Dam-it Don put down your coat, right here, I'm having this baby."  She was the devoted mother of Travis and Margaret, loving spouse of Donnie Dunagan (deceased) and Mike Holden, brother/sister of Donnie, Cathy Maddox, Dicky, Ronnie, Mikey, and Lisa Buchanan. Debbie worked in the record/music industry for 15 years.

At the age of 38, Debbie started at West Georgia College and obtained a Masters Degree in Special Education in 1994.  Debbie taught at Anna K. Davie past her diagnosis of stage 3 brain cancer (astrocytoma) from November 2009  until May of 2012 (twenty-twelve as Debbie would  say).  She was teacher of the year in 1998.  Debbie simultaneously fostered children from Murphy Harpst Children’s Center (Brandi, Brandy, Miranda, Jade, Santana, and Caleb).  Throughout the years she was an active church member at both Silver Creek United Methodist and Aragon United Methodist Church; teaching children’s church, Sunday school and bible school.

From her initial diagnosis that cold 17th day of November 2009, she faithfully declared her infinite love, devotion and trust for her Lord and Savior.  She sought comfort in her belief that God has a plan, that he has everything under control, that it’s all in his hands.  Re-occurring notes throughout her daily devotionals revealed a true acceptance of her diagnosis and her future.  Her faith was STRONG.  

After retirement, Debbie was a full time caregiver for her 2 youngest “grand girls,” world traveler (Kenya, Ireland, Israel, Jerusalem, Croatia, Hungary, Bosnia, Scotland, England), supportive daughter, mother and sister and carrier of the Light of the Lord.  Never has there been someone who takes on this horrible diagnosis with the grace, acceptance and courage Debbie did.  

Services for Mrs. Holden will be held Saturday, November 24, 2018 Aragon United Methodist Church In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the  National Brain Tumor Society or Aragon United Methodist Church.

Please visit: https://nbtsevents.braintumor.org/lildeb

11 Comments To "Debra Ann Holden"

Sondra On Nov 26 2018 at 11am
Margaret, I'm just so sorry for the loss of your mom.You and your entire family continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. Your mom left you with an amazing legacy of love and devotion and your care and concern for her clearly extended her time with you, Ronnie, and your girls. Even when things were the hardest, I know she knew. Much love... Reply to this comment
Christine O'Connor On Nov 26 2018 at 11am
Although I only met Debbie a few times, all you have to do is look at her daughter and granddaughters, Anna and Olivia, to know how wonderful she was. Thinking of the family. Reply to this comment
Dianne Bray On Nov 26 2018 at 11am
Margaret, words really don't express how deeply sorry I am for your loss. I am praying for peace and strength for you and your family. My deepest sympathy. Reply to this comment
Jamie (speech school) On Nov 24 2018 at 6pm
Margaret, My heart aches for you right now and I hope that you are able to find some comfort in your mom's faith and in your own. I'll be thinking about you and praying for you and yours. With love... Reply to this comment
Rebecca Maddox On Nov 23 2018 at 11am
What a beautiful obituary! I remember when Debbie got back from Israel and she and I talked about our mutual love for our Savior, Jesus Christ. Her excitement as she described her visit to the Holy Land lit a fire in my heart. We had a moment where our eyes met and without words understood that we shared the same passion. She gave the best hugs and was so loving and good. I firmly believe she is in paradise and I'll see her again. Margaret and Travis, I truly love her and her gentleness. I am so sorry for your loss. Reply to this comment
Jesse Caropresso On Nov 21 2018 at 3pm
Maraget and family I’m so sadden to hear this. My heart felt sympathy and prayers go out to you and your family. Your mom was always such a pleasure to be around and I had no idea we had such short time left with her. I’ll call once I get back on the country. Love you, Jesse Reply to this comment
Melissa On Nov 20 2018 at 4pm
I send to you my heartfelt condolences!! I love your family! Your mother always made my children and I feel like a part of the family!!! She truly had an amazing spirit!! Reply to this comment
Margaret Horton On Nov 20 2018 at 2pm
Thank you so much for your kind words. She was an absolutely incredible person! This is the site to donate if you would like. https://nbtsevents.braintumor.org/ lildeb Reply to this comment
Alissa (Harper) Mitchell On Nov 20 2018 at 11am
I am very saddened to hear of the loss of Ms. Holden. Her and I worked together at Anna K Davie when I first started my teaching career. She is deeply missed. Reply to this comment
Amy Drummond and Family On Nov 19 2018 at 4pm
Mike, Travis, Margaret, Cathy, Mike, Lisa and the entire Lucas Family ... I am so saddened to here of Debbie's passing, but my heart rejoices at the thought of the reunion taking place up in Heaven. To think of Debbie once again reunited with Peggy and Don makes me happy, but more importantly the greatest blessing is knowing she is now resting in the arms of Jesus, free from all sickness and pain. Debbie was the sweetest and best! I so miss those days when the Lucas family was a part of our church at Silver Creek. Love and miss you all. Reply to this comment
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