Debra S. (Nobis) Mathews passed away peacefully on Tuesday, November 5, 2019. Her last moments were spent with her children, Emily (Tom Wolan) Mathews and Sarah (Troy) Tahvonen. Debbie was 65 years old.
Debbie was preceded in death by the love of her life, John, to whom she was married for 42 years, and her parents Carl and Phyllis (Witte) Nobis.
For more than two decades, John and Debbie were the proud owners of Mathews Hardware (later Mathews Paint and Decorating) in downtown Portland. After selling the business, Debbie worked as the Attendance Office secretary at Portland High School. She loved being around “her kids” and watching them grow up, graduate, and go out into the world.
Debbie was at her happiest when she was in the sunshine, hanging out by the pool, working on interior decorating projects, or cuddling with her kitties.
In addition to her daughters, Debbie is survived by her brothers, Jeff (Alice) Nobis, Terry (Ann) Nobis, and Chuck (Connie) Nobis; her two grandchildren, Kellan and Sienna Tahvonen; and extended family and friends.
A memorial service will be held at 11 AM on Friday, November 8, at St. Paul Lutheran Church (329 N. Sorrell, Fowler), with Pastor Paul Clark officiating. The family will receive relatives and friends from 5-8 PM on Thursday, November 7, at Keck-Coleman Funeral Home (1500 Waterford Pkwy., St. Johns) and one hour prior the service on Friday at the church. Memorials may be made to the Ionia County Animal Shelter 3853 Sparrow Dr. Ionia, MI 48846.
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