In Memory of

Deborah L. "Debbi" Breckenridge

Full Name: Deborah L. Breckenridge
Date of Birth: June 18, 1953
Date of Death: August 3, 2020

Service Information:
Celebration of Life later date. Private Graveside

Lewistown- Deborah L. “Debbi” Breckenridge, 67, of rural Lewistown passed away at 1:14 AM Monday August 3, 2020 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

She was born June 18, 1953 at Rushville the daughter of Robert and Betty (Sexton) Rose. She married William Breckenridge on November 22, 1980 at Springfield. He survives. Also surviving are her mother, Betty Rose of Taylorville, five children, Jean Breckenridge of Galesburg, Thomas (Jeff) Ziri-Nicholas of St. Petersburg, FL; Jaime (Lindsey) Breckenridge of St. Peters, MO; Jennifer Ziri-Stremmel of Canton and Jessica (Martin) Cobb of Farwell, MI; two brothers, Danny Rose of Taylorville and Richard Rose of Nokomis, one sister, Diane Scarpaci of Taylorville and nine grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her father.

Deborah was a librarian and retired from the Lewistown School District. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Lewistown. She was a lifetime Girl Scout leader and volunteered for the Fulton County Humane Society and the Lewistown Food Pantry. Deborah enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren. She also enjoyed reading, auctions, working on crafts and watching Disney movies.

Cremation will be accorded. The family will plan a celebration of life at a later date. A private graveside service will be held at Salem-Wilcoxen cemetery at rural Bryant. Henry-Lange Memorial Home in Lewistown is assisting the family with arrangements. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Fulton County Humane Society or the Lewistown Food Pantry. To view Deborah’s life tribute video or to send online condolences visit

To view video tribute click here.

From: Janet & Joe StoneAug 3 2020 4:47PM
Jeannie,  So sorry to hear of your mother's passing.  Prayers for all of your family.
From: Tom & Dana Ford and familyAug 3 2020 5:06PM
Heaven has gained another angel.  Bill, Tom, Jennifer, Jean, Jamie, Jessica, Betty, Danny, Rick, Diane--my heart aches with you--I will miss my good friend.  Debbi was willing at any point in time to help someone in need. She had the biggest heart and was always giving of it.  Memories we can have and cherish forever.  I am sure she is greeting all her loved ones in Heaven as we mourn her leaving us.  HE has a plan and HE needed Debbi.  R.I.P Friend.
From: Ron & Chris Phillips Aug 3 2020 5:11PM
Bill & family: we are very sorry for your loss. Debbi will be missed by many.
From: Lorenda & Alvin SpilkerAug 3 2020 5:31PM
Our very deepest sympathy to Bill and the family. Debbie was full of life and enjoyed people. A wonderful woman. You all are in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless her and her family.
From: Andrea MannAug 3 2020 6:54PM
I have no words to ease your pain. Please know our entire town mourns with you all.
From: Judy & Donnie HowardAug 3 2020 7:00PM
I am so sorry, she will be heart is breaking for you all
From: Brian and Melissa Thompson and familyAug 3 2020 7:09PM
Bill and family we are sorry for your loss.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.  She will be missed by many.  
From: Sheryl HardestyAug 3 2020 7:43PM
My sincere thoughts and prayers are with you and all the family.
Debbi was such a doer! She cared greatly for all those she came in contact with. Doing for others was what she witnessed to me. I truly believe another Angel has entered Heaven.
From: Bobette (Boggs) Massaglia Aug 3 2020 7:46PM
I’m so sorry to hear about Debbi. She was always so kind and helpful when I taught in Lewistown.
From: Ed Wilcox Aug 3 2020 7:51PM
I am so sorry for your loss.  She was such a wonderful part of the Lewistown community.
From: Shane SmithAug 3 2020 8:19PM
Bill, I am praying for God's comfort and grace for you and all Debbi's family. Her passion for feeding hungry people is, I'm sure, just a portion of the good she brought to the world.
Pastor Shane Smith
From: Linda Barclay Aug 3 2020 8:26PM
I am so sorry to hear of your loss of Debbi! There are a lot of young ladies that have become the great women of today because of the love & support that Debbi has given them over the years. She will be greatly missed.
From: Mary WoodruffAug 3 2020 9:11PM
Oh!!! Bill I'm so heartsick at the loss of Deb she was such a nice and thoughtful lady. The 50 yrs I knew her and enjoyed talking to her. She will be greatly missed by so many. Prayers to you and the rest of the family. Fly high my friend.
From: Kelly WalmsleyAug 3 2020 9:25PM
When I remember Debbi, it will always be laughing. No one laughed like Debbi-loud, and boisterous and not a care who heard her.  Everyone should be able to laugh like that. I’m sure she is laughing now, relieved of every care and burden.  I’m sorry you have to go on without her. I’ll miss her, too.
From: MichelleAug 3 2020 9:47PM
We will miss her driving through Behr Necessities.
She was one of our biggest supporters.
So sorry for your loss. I'm glad that I was able to meet such a great woman.
From: Jerry and Janeile BainterAug 3 2020 9:55PM
We are so very sorry to hear of Debbies passing .. I remember. Her  always going out of her way to help others . She will be missed by all that knew her. We are keeping you all in our prayers . May she Rest In Peace
From: Miranda Vance and familyAug 3 2020 10:42PM
I am so sorry to hear of Debbi's passing. She was such a wonderful woman who wouldn't hesitate to help anyone in need. She was so kind and willing to do anything for anyone. I have many memories of her as the school librarian from my childhood and even more as an adult. I'm glad she'll be able to rest easy now, but deeply saddened for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
From: Marvin BainterAug 3 2020 10:50PM
So sorry Bill.  Debbie was a nice person and very well liked.  
Let me know if you need anything.
From: Rick &a Rhonda JohnsonAug 3 2020 11:02PM
Bill and family, so sorry to hear about Debbie's passing, I will miss talking to her about our Christmas eves. Thinking of you all at this time.
From: Craig W MillerAug 3 2020 11:29PM
Very sorry for your loss. Debbi was a great person and will be missed.
From: Joyce PriceAug 3 2020 11:51PM
Bill and family,  my condolences, prayers and love to you all !  Our little town just lost a true angel who was so instrumental in empowering our Girl Scouts, her love for our blessing boxes and food pantry!  She looks bed our town and was a great asset and cared deeply!  Fly high my friend I sure will miss our talks and texts!  Bill I am so, so very sorry
From: Joyce PriceAug 3 2020 11:51PM
Bill and family,  my condolences, prayers and love to you all !  Our little town just lost a true angel who was so instrumental in empowering our Girl Scouts, her love for our blessing boxes and food pantry!  She looks bed our town and was a great asset and cared deeply!  Fly high my friend I sure will miss our talks and texts!  Bill I am so, so very sorry
From: Bill and Nancy RoddisAug 4 2020 12:25AM
Bill and family, we are so sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you and your family.  Debbie was such a good  person she will be missed by  many. Cherish the memories.
From: Julie Hough WadeAug 4 2020 12:51AM
My deepest condolences to all. ??
From: Jenny ward-RobinsonAug 4 2020 5:45AM
So sorry for your family's loss! She will be missed!!
From: TerryAug 4 2020 6:16AM
Bill and family, I am so sorry for your loss.  Debbi was such a God-send for our community.  I don’t believe she ever knew a stranger for long.  She would help anyone with her  loving  and giving  personality. I wish I had told her “thank you” for all of the things she has done for so many adults and children.  She was an advocate for all.  Rest In Peace Debbi you will be missed and thank you sweet lady for all you have given.  
From: Lu Anne ShubertAug 4 2020 8:05AM
My best rememberance of Deb would have to be her pride in her family, always family!  Very few angels walk on earth, she was ONE!  My deepest sympathy to you all.
From: Cindy LevingstonAug 4 2020 10:12AM
Bill and family so sorry for your loss, Debbie never met a stranger and she always made everyone feel like her family.  Debbie helped out with her Girl Scouts here at Spoon River Towers such a pleasure it was. GOD has a angel there now she will continue to help others,. R.I.P. my friend
From: Susan WeaverAug 4 2020 10:47AM
Bill & family. I am so sorry for your loss of Debbie. She will be greatly missed by me , the food pantry, the Girl Scouts, our community & church.  I always respected her can do attitude, & never accept  no.  Her love of her family &  our community could never be surpassed. Prayers of comfort and hugs for you & your family. Deb will be greatly missed. Sw
From: Lonnie Smith and FamilyAug 4 2020 11:59AM
Bill and Family, I had no words when I heard of Debbi's passing.  Your family will be in all our Thoughts and Prayers.  
From: Marian Spates FretuegAug 4 2020 5:30PM
To Debbi's family, so sorry to hear of her passing.  She grew up in Rushville and went to school with the RHS Class of '71.  Prayers for the family.
From: Kim & Dennis CarterAug 4 2020 5:32PM
Bill and family, our sincere condolences on your loss.  Debbi was literally always there and will be greatly missed.  From Girl Scouts to school to community, her passing touches so many.  Thank you for sharing her with all of us.  Sending prayers to help you all find peace at this difficult time.
From: Jeremy BrannanAug 4 2020 5:56PM
So sorry for your loss Bill. Debbie was a great person and very well liked.  
From: Sheryl WalkerAug 4 2020 9:35PM
I am so sorry for your family's loss. I met Debbi in a bunco group then later through Girl Scouts. I will miss seeing her at the Garden. She was always so upbeat and genuinely nice.
From: Tom and Teresa ProsserAug 4 2020 10:34PM
Bill and family,
We are so sorry for your loss.  Debbie was a great friend and we considered
her as family.  She will certainly be missed by us and by so many others. Our hearts
are aching but we all have so many good memories of Debbie. Know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Tom and Teresa Prosser
From: Tiffany Cremer & Matt KnightAug 4 2020 11:30PM
Bill and family,
Debbi was a blessing to us all. She taught us how to laugh, how to be unabashedly ourselves, and to share that goodness to make the world a better place. I’m so thankful for the light and love she shared with so many of us. The world Is much brighter for her love, and we’ll all carry it forward. Comfort and condolences sent from our hearts to yours.
From: ShannanAug 5 2020 4:33AM
Debbi, you will be incredibly missed.
Bill; your love for her was so apparent, and I’m so sorry for your family’s loss.

With love,
your icu nurse
From: Rod YetterAug 5 2020 9:25AM
I am so sorry to hear of Debbie`s passing. She and Bill have had a place in my heart for a long time. Debbie was always so kind and friendly to my staff and me at the vet clinic, and she always was very concerned about the health of her pets and took very good care of them. She had a big heart, and when I was in the hospital several years ago she called me almost every day to see how I was doing. We will miss her greatly!  
From: Brenda RumlerAug 5 2020 10:36AM
I was so sorry to hear of Debbie's passing!! You will be missed, my dear friend!!!
From: Caitlin Aug 5 2020 9:59PM
Bill and family, I’ll be thinking of you all! So sorry for your loss. We lost a wonderful lady who was always lending a hand out somewhere. She had a heart of gold. I’m sure she was greeted by my grandma & probably hasn’t  stopped sharing stories! May she Rest In Peace.
From: Pam KovacevichAug 6 2020 4:29PM
The Girl Scout world lost a wonderful woman and fabulous volunteer with Debbie's passing.  We will be forever grateful for her service and positive impact on the lives of so many she led and saw through to the highest level GS award.  We offer our deepest sympathies to Debbie's family and wish her eternal peace and happiness. Memory eternal.
Bill and family,
So sorry to learn of Debbi's passing. May peace and strength be with you all.
From: Reba FordAug 12 2020 1:51PM
My sincerest condolences to all of Debbi's family and friends. So very sorry for your loss.
From: Aaron & Valerie BrooksAug 12 2020 6:35PM
My heart breaks for the whole family.  Debbi was an EXTRAORDINARY woman with a BIG heart.  I considered her a "2nd Mom" for all of the things that we have been involved in together over the years.  I (and everyone) will miss her greatly.
From: GleeAug 16 2020 11:43PM
My heart is saddened to hear about Debbi’s passing . I absolutely loved having her as our school librarian! Debbi and I shared many good memories  working together!  She truly had a wonderful heart ! I will miss her!!! ??
From: Sharon (Nebergall) BossermanSep 4 2020 10:59PM
My sympathies for Deb's family!  I knew her from high school and then later when selling Avon.  She was a very nice person!  Our loss is Heaven's gain.
From: Michelle GorsageSep 7 2020 9:59PM
I will miss her smile and her stories. There is a special place in heaven for people like Debbie.

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