|Debra Jo White, 58, of Galesburg died at 12:02 p.m. Monday June 13, 2011 at her home.
She was born April 2, 1953 in Galesburg the daughter of Joe E. and Ebbie Jean Larson Scott. She married Michael White in Galesburg in 1970.
She is survived by her mother, Ebbie Jean Scott of Galesburg; her father, Joe (and Pat) Scott of Wataga, Ill; two daughters, Michelle (and David) Sparks and Molly (and Jeremy) Kleine, both of Galesburg; a son, Mick (Fiancé Cathryn Liska) White of St. Paul, Minn.; a brother, Danny (and Sandy) Scott of Galesburg; a sister, Deanna Scott Schexnaider of Galesburg; seven grandchildren, Megan and Kayla Butler, Kelsi and Kannon Kleine, Jessica and Nicholas Sparks, and Mason Smith; her special friend, Bill Glasnovich and many furry friends. She is preceded in death by her sister, Dawn Scott Young.
Debbie was a homemaker, but had worked as the office manager for Country Companies Insurance for 18 years and also the former Giants Food Store. She graduated from Galesburg High School in 1971. She volunteered at Nielson School as a Reading Buddy; she was a team leader for Chrysalis and a Cursillo Alumni. She served as secretary for bowling leagues, as President for the Galesburg Jaycettes and Regional Director of the Jaycettes of Illinois. Debbie was a Girl Scout leader and was involved with PTO at Silas Willard School. She was a member of the First Christian Church, where she was a Sunday school teacher and was the Director of Vacation Bible School. She enjoyed gardening, sewing and making blankets. Her involvement in the AA community and circle of AA friends were a very important part of her last 6 years. She devoted her life to taking care of others, especially her kids and grandkids.
Funeral services are scheduled for 3 p.m. Friday, June 17, 2011 at Hinchliff-Pearson-West Galesburg Chapel. Mr. Rick Welty will officiate. Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, June 16, 2011 at the Chapel. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the First Christian Church Vacation Bible School, Prairieland Animal Welfare Center or to the Nielson School Reading Buddies. Online condolences may be made at www.h-p-w.com.