Debra Michaelis "Debby" Smith
August 16, 1941 - July 15, 2019
Birthplace: Columbus, OH
Resided In: Red Oak, IA

Visitation 7/19/2019
Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel
Service 7/20/2019
First United Methodist Church
Burial 7/20/2019
Evergreen Cemetery

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Debra Michaelis “Debby” Smith, age 77, of Red Oak, Iowa, passed away Monday, July 15, 2019, surrounded by family and friends. Debby was born August 16, 1941 in Columbus, Ohio, the daughter of Robert Norman and Betty Ann (Smith) Michaelis. She was raised in Columbus graduating from Westside High School in 1959. She attended Mt. Carmel School of Nursing graduating in the class of 1962. Debby began her nursing career as a surgical nurse at Cook County Hospital in Chicago. She lived for short time in Munich, Germany before moving back to Chicago. Debby moved to Red Oak, Iowa, in 1969 where she raised her family and enjoyed playing golf at the Red Oak Country Club. Red Oak became her home and she loved being a part of the community. She started working for Dr. S. Rodmond Smith and later was united in marriage to Rod on July 5, 1975 in Columbus, Ohio. They both enjoyed playing golf together and won many couples golf championships. Debby also won several ladies golf championships. She enjoyed playing Bridge, was an extremely talented artist, spent many hours gardening, and loved her many dogs throughout the years. Debby made her own pottery and her hand made Christmas cards were beautiful. Debby was a woman of faith and was a longtime member of the First United Methodist Church.

Preceding her in death were her parents; husband: Dr. S. Rodmond Smith; granddaughter: Eloise Paige Bulkeley; brother: Robert “Turtle” Michaelis; and step-son: Jeff Smith. Survivors include her children: Paige C. Bulkeley and husband Paul Peterson of Bowling Green, OH; Brooke C. Bulkeley and wife Barb Sterns of Centerville, UT; and Matthew C. Bulkeley and wife Camille Dykstra of Iowa City, IA; grandchildren: Erin, Drew, Alex, Nile, Piper Quinn, Griffen Samuel, Anna, and Ethan; sister: Vicki Michaelis and wife Linda Hays of Columbus, OH; and many other relatives and friends.

A celebration of life service will be held 10:30 AM Saturday, July 20, 2019 at the First United Methodist Church. Burial will be in the Evergreen Cemetery. Viewing and visitation with the family will be held from 6-8 PM Friday, July 19, 2019 at the Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel. A memorial fund will be established in Debby’s name.

Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.


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