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Deborah Ann Hilsabeck

Deborah Ann Hilsabeck, age 75, died unexpectedly at 9:15 pm Wednesday, August 12, 2020, at her home north of Vandalia.

Arrangements for cremation are under the direction of the Waters Funeral Home in Vandalia, MO.

A private graveside service and burial will be held on Saturday, August 22, 2020 at the Vandalia Cemetery. Pastor Jamie Franke will officiate.

Deborah "Deb" was born on November 14, 1944, in Gazette, Missouri the daughter of the late Vernon and Ruth Moore.

She was a Van-Far graduate with the Class of 1962 and attended Central Christian College of the Bible and Northeast Missouri State College in Kirksville. Deb met and married her husband, Bill while attending college at Kirksville. They were married on January 1, 1966 and were the parents of two sons, Bryan and Stacey, both of whom preceded her in death.

Deb was a rural mail carrier in Ridgeway, IA for a number of years. In 2002, she moved to Vandalia and worked as a corrections officer at the Missouri Department of Corrections, Women's Eastern Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center in Vandalia until her retirement in 2012.

Deb loved to be outdoors. She enjoyed golfing and loved to mow, she spent many hours working on lawns. She also enjoyed refinishing furniture and collecting antiques.

She is survived by one granddaughter, Emma Ann Hilsabeck, the light of her life; one brother and sister in law, Rex and Debby Moore; nephews, Rob (Lisa) Moore, Alan (Paula) Moore, Jeff (Sally) Moore, Corey Moore, Andrew (Stacey) Moore; one niece, Andrea Thurman; several great nieces and nephews, many loved cousins and friends and her beloved dog, Beezer.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two sons, Bryan and Stacey; one granddaughter, Chelsea; two brothers, Roy and Larry Moore and one sister in law, Karen Moore.

Deborah was a member of  First Christian Church in Vandalia.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society 4207 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, MO, 63108 or the First Christian Church 205 W Park St., Vandalia, MO, 63382.

Online condolences may be made to the family on Deborah memorial page at www.watersfuneral.com  


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Prayers for Debbie's family and friends and precious memories for peace and strength. She has had so many heartaches and I remember the last time I visited with her and she had a beautiful smile on her face. Thankful our paths crossed

Irma and Ronnie Teague Aug 21 2020 12:00 AM

Deb was one of the strongest ladies Ive ever known and handled lifes tragedies with dignity and grace. She loved Emma and the rest of her family and Beezer with all she had.

Kelly moore Aug 17 2020 12:00 AM

I got my middle name from her AND my dad used to tell the story that when he called his sister, Deborah's mom, to tell her I had been born and what they named me, my Aunt Ruth said, "that's what Deborah named her doll!" I idolized my big cousin! She was so pretty and fun to be with and always treated me so nice even though I was 6 years younger. I remember one time riding with her to town. She had the radio on and singing and laughing thinking I was so cool with her. I still feel guilty for excitedly telling about it when we got back to her house not realizing until that moment she would get talked to about driving fast! I loved her dearly! It breaks my heart that she has passed away, but brings me comfort that she is with her boys! If I could see her eyes, I am sure they are smiling again. No more sadness for her! She was the best!

Sue Borton Aug 17 2020 12:00 AM

Deb and I were best friends at Van-Far but had lost touch for many years. We had just gotten back in touch a couple of years ago and I always looked forward to her Christmas cards. I admired her strength for all she had to deal with and was looking forward to seeing her again. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family.

Jim & Bonnie (Todd) Grubbs Aug 16 2020 12:00 AM