Debra Macie Spicer, 55, of Saint Joseph, Missouri, died Wednesday, April 27, 2022 at Boone Hospital in Columbia, Missouri. Surrounded by her friends and family, she held hands with her boys as she passed. She was born on September 7, 1966 in Saint Joseph, Missouri. Here she lived most of her life, loved by all who knew her. Her smile, her laugh and her perfectly styled hair were unmistakable.
Debbie spent 53 years between Saint Joseph and Cameron, Missouri. She graduated from Lafayette High School. Her best friends, especially Paula McClain, were those who had known her since childhood. She was an avid and vocal fan of the Kansas City Chiefs and Royals. She enjoyed playing slot machines with her grandmother, Anita Stafford, and her aunt, Kay Winkelman. She also had the voice of an angel and could sing beautifully.
She lived for her boys, Derek (26) and Eric (22) – they were her greatest joy. She actively pushed Derek to graduate from the University of Missouri. She was there when he graduated in 2021. Her love for Eric showed as he cared for her tirelessly during her senior year. He never left her. Debbie also loved telling stories – on the phone, in person, to anyone who would listen. We always thought she should write a book. She was a talented seamstress and cook, a caring friend and the unwavering mother-cat to her third son – Mr. Whiskers.
Debbie fought an eight-year battle with breast cancer. She completed her first round of chemotherapy in 2014. Her cancer went into remission. She had acquired a new outlook on life – and understood that the most important things in life are not things. In 2020, his cancer returned and spread to his bones. For nearly two years, she valiantly defied the odds.
Her final years were spent living with her children in Columbia, Missouri. When she moved to Columbia, she found pleasure in feeding the deer, squirrels, and countless birds that visited her daily. She has actively contributed data to the eBird program at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. His favorite bird was the Northern Cardinal. She is now pain free and spending time with her mother, Janet, and grandmother, Anita.
Highlights of his professional career have included time at Herzog Corporation, Filtration Group, Cameron Mutual and Citibank. She ended her career with Mid-American Title Loans as a Store Manager in 2020.
She was predeceased by her mother, Janet Spicer; her stepmother, Sherry Lynn Spicer; and grandmother, Anita Stafford. She is survived by her sons, Derek and Eric Fiquet; her father, Gale Spicer; his brothers, Kenny, Paul (Dianne), Stacy (Leigh), Darin (Angela) and Cory Spicer; his aunts, Kay Winkelman and Wanda Duckworth; and his uncle, Gary Spicer. She also leaves to mourn many cousins, nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 4 at Rupp Funeral Home. Memorial services with a live public broadcast will follow at 3:00 p.m. She will be cremated after the ceremony. Online condolences and obituaries are available at www.ruppfuneral.com Flowers and photos will also be accepted.