Deborah L. “Debbie” Schumaker, 64, passed away on Sunday, May 13, 2018 at Rolling Hills Health Rehabilitation Center in Wichita, Kansas of complications due to a stroke. She was born on May 25, 1953 in Wichita to John K. and Marilyn A. (Sloan) Schumaker.
Debbie attended Wichita schools, Emporia State University and graduated with honors from Newman University of Wichita with a business administration degree in 1979. She worked as a manager for Southwestern Bell and for Green Tree Mortgage in Topeka until moving back to Wichita in 1989 to care for her ailing mother. After her mother passed away she and her father combined their interests in travel and genealogy for over 20 years, visiting many states in their motor home and meeting newly discovered relatives. They amassed a large family history. Debbie's favorite trip was a visit to Alaska. She enjoyed gardening, cooking, playing bridge and reading mysteries, loved animals and especially enjoyed her beloved dogs, Bandit and Charlie.
Debbie is survived by three cousins, Julie Motta Knighton and family, Laurie Motta Eccleston and family and Amy Motta. Also surviving are dear friends Walter James Pfannenstiel of Wichita and Shauna Cross Hastings (Michael) and family of Bridgewater, Virginia.
She was preceded in death by her parents, John K. and Marilyn A. Schumaker.
A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 9, 2018 at Mount Hope Cemetery, 4700 SW 17th Street, Topeka. A memorial service will follow in the Mount Hope Cemetery Abbey Chapel. The family will receive friends following the service.
Memorial contributions may be made to Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice, 313 S. Market Street, Wichita, Kansas.
Debbie will be remembered for her kindness, intelligence and humor and the loving care she gave to her grandmothers, her mother and father.
Penwell-Gabel Mid-Town Chapel is assisting with arrangements. To leave a special message for Debbie's family please click the "Share Memories" button above.