Debra “Debbie” Sue Howes, 65, of Orange, Texas, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020 at The Medical Center of Southeast Texas in Port Arthur, Texas.
A graveside service was held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 22, at Autumn Oaks Memorial Park in Orange. Officiating was Reverend Jay Thomas of MacArthur Heights Baptist Church.
Born in Wichita, Texas, she worked for the Orange County District Clerk’s Office for many years before retiring. She also worked at Orangefield Elementary for over 19 years as a teacher’s aide. Debbie was dedicated to her family, always making sure that everyone was taken care of, and she especially adored her three grandchildren. She found joy in spending time outdoors, sewing, and have lunch with her friends. Debbie was a kind woman with a big heart who will be missed by all who knew and loved her.
She is survived by her mother, Margie McKelvey of DeQuincy; her son, Kyle Howes and wife Monica of Orange; her grandchildren, Collin Howes, Kylie Howes, and Kristin Howes; her brothers, Dennis Moore and wife Debbie of DeQuincy and Jackie Moore and wife Jill of DeQuincy; her sister, Janice Williams and husband James of DeQuincy; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and many wonderful friends.
She was preceded in death by her father, Jack Moore; her stepfather, Charles McKelvey; and her loving husband of 33 years, Johnny “Big John” Bruce Howes.
Serving as pallbearers were Dennis Moore, Jackie Moore, Joshua Moore, Mason Moore, Caleb Fontenot, and George Roberts. Honorary pallbearers were Kyle Howes, Collin Howes, Kylie Howes, and Kristin Howes.