Debra A. Ottenbacher, 67, of Metamora, IL, formerly of Vancouver, Washington, passed away at 1:36 am on Sunday, April 25, 2021, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria, IL. She was born on July 19, 1953 in Peoria, IL to Bernard E. “Red” and Mary A. (Rohman) Bursott.
Surviving are her two sons, Derek (Laura) Knight of Vancouver, WA and Jeremy (Lynn) Knight of Maricopa, AZ; and brother, Dale (Donna) Bursott of Metamora. She was preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters.
Debra loved her Lord and loved to worship with her family and friends. Her family was everything to her. She was happiest when she was with her family and friends, laughing and talking. She loved the outdoors. She boated and fished with her family. She and her husband Dan loved to take trips on the motorcycle, camp and go to the ocean, with their dogs, Sophie and Scooter, in tow. Debra would pick up and move, enjoying the challenge of setting up the new house, planting flowers and setting up bird feeders to attract her beloved birds. Debra was Mama Bear to so many, including her nieces and nephews and all of her son’s friends. She was so proud to be called “Nana”, and cherished every moment spent with her grandchildren and great-grandbabies.
Cremation rites have been accorded. A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, April 30, 2021 at Great Oaks Community Church in Germantown Hills with Pastor Chase Hill officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to her service on Friday at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Theresa Tracy Trot, P.O. Box 2464, East Peoria, IL 61611 or at www.theresatracytrot.com. Online condolences at www.masonfuneralhomes.com.
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