Debra was born April 5, 1962, to Elijah Goodwin and Clara Belle Oliver whom both preceded her in death. She was born and raised in Cleveland, along with her other siblings.
Debra grew up attending the Cleveland School System and graduated from South High School. She then went on to attend Cuyahoga Community College where she earned her degree. After receiving her degree, she devoted her time to working in the Healthcare field in the Surgical Department at University Hospital for many years, and then she moved on to Walgreens as a Pharmaceutical Technician, continuing to do what she loved which was connecting with and serving the people she loved.
At an early age she accepted Christ and later became a member of New Jerusalem Baptist Church under the late Pastor Bobby Ward. And until her recent departure, she was an active member of Greater Mt. Zion where she served under Pastor Donald P. Newsom. She was a valued member as she served as Vice President of the Choir and Praise Team, Chairperson of the Church Anniversary, Assistant to the Mother's Board, Altar Guild Member, and Pastor's Aide Member to her Pastor and First Lady.
Debra wore many hats and lovingly served wherever she was needed.
After many years of serving and laboring, Debra spent her last enjoying her retirement as the socialite she was, she then went on to serve on a hosts of Boards and Committees and many other Social Organizations.
She leaves to mourn her passing and cherish her memory, her sisters Jeanette, Sylvia (whom preceded her in death), Robyn (Michael), Loren, Debra ( step sister) Cheyenne, Daisy and Shirley. Her nieces and nephews Christopher, Dasha, Kawana (Da'Ron), Jevon, Micah, Danielle, Stacy (Danny), Darryl, Dominique, Bryant, Jayden and a host of great and great great nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and many many cherished friends.
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