Deborah Sue Lovelady was born on March 29, 1953, in Greely, Colorado, to Ruth and Wendell Beard. She died peacefully in her sleep on January 29, 2021, in Olympia, Washington.
Debbie is remembered by her family for being loving, compassionate, and determined. She married Eldwin Manes Lovelady on August 1, 1974, in Spokane, Washington. She is survived by four of their children, Eldwin Lovelady, Jeri Lee O’Connor, Wendy Lynn Griffin and Beth Leah Lovelady; her eight grandchildren, Sylvia DePriest, Danna, Riley and Braden Griffin, Jenna and Jordan O’Connor, and Anika and Sabina Leischner; her adopted siblings, Sherry Levinson, Karen Grossman and Mark Levinson. She is preceded in death by her parents, Ruth and Wendell Beard; her brother, Robert Beard; her sister, Rebecca Beard; her daughter, Nancy DePriest; and her adopted parents, Morris “Doc” and Shirley Levinson.
She dedicated her life to her family and provided constant support to Eldwin’s careers in the U.S. Air Force and the Episcopal Church. These careers took them all over the country and across the world. She had the opportunity to live in multiple places, including Okinawa, Japan; Walla Walla, Washington; Pueblo, Colorado; Sewanee, Tennessee; Jamestown, New York; and Las Vegas, Nevada. In all these places, she volunteered her time with organizations like the Red Cross, served on altar guilds, taught Sunday school and confirmation classes, and sang in the choir. She had a long career as a dedicated childcare provider and was the Director of Just for Kids childcare center in Sewanee, Tennessee. She was also a life-long fabric artist and sold her work at community craft fairs.
Memorials and remembrances may be sent to St. Benedicts Episcopal Church, PO Box 3811, Lacey, WA 98509.
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