It is with deep sadness we announce the death of our beloved Mother, Grandmother, and Sister, Debra A. Guthrie (nee McKim). Peacefully, in the early hours of January 12, 2023, Deb, an early riser by nature and an independent woman decided to embarked on her final journey to the care of our father Mel and the many loved ones waiting to see her.
Mother to Shanna (Jamie) Clement, and James Guthrie. Grandmother to Braeden (Kali) Bendle, Ethan Clement, Lucy Clement, Jack Guthrie and Miss Motown Guthrie. Sister to Rick (Betty) McKim, Christine (Kevin) Avey, and Melanie (Pat) McKim-Murray.
Predeceased by husbands Melvin Guthrie and Mark Talbot, sisters in-law Carolyn Westover (nee Guthrie) and Nancy McKim (nee Williams) and parents Margaret (nee Kibler) and Stanley McKim.
Deb was a dedicated Personal Support Worker, caring for the elderly her entire career. A hard worker her whole life Deb could also be found tending to her garden, reading a book, petting one of her dogs or cats, watching the latest true crime series or spending time with her family and friends.
In her last years with us, Deb defied the odds and left Sakura House Hospice and took up residence at Maple Manor in Tillsonburg where she was aptly nick named “the Queen” for her manner of waving. Our family is forever thankful to the Maple Manor team of PSWs, Nurses and Physiotherapists or as Deb called them her “little sweethearts”, for your dedication to providing quality care, with kindness and love to our Mom, Grandma, and Sister. Thank you.
Family and friends will be received at the Norwich United Church 80 Main Street West, Norwich, Ontario, on Saturday, January 21, 2023 from 10-10:45 am. It was Deb wish to be remembered through story and song so please join us at 11am for a memorial service at the Norwich United Church, for fellowship with family and friends, a light lunch will follow. We ask that you come as you are, dress up, dress down, it’s your choice but please do dress.
Deb always had one or two dogs or cats in eye sight, she loved her furry friends so much to continue to honour her wishes, Deb and her family would be so grateful if in lieu of flowers donations can be made to Oxford County Animal Rescue in her memory.