June 19, 1956 - July 6, 2018

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Friday, July 13, 2018 2:00 PM St. Mary Catholic Church


Visitation Thursday, July 12, 2018 from 5:00 PM-8:00 PM at Vernon Funeral Home

Debra Kay Dunham, 62 of Urbana, tragically passed away Friday, July 6, 2018 in a motorcycle accident.

Debra was born June 19, 1956 in Dover, Ohio. She retired from Mercy Health System as a nurse after 40 years of service. She enjoyed reading, traveling, biking, singing and listening to live music. Debra volunteered at the Second Harvest Food Bank, The Caring Kitchen and the Best Friends Pet Assisted Therapy. She was a member of the St. Michaels Catholic Church.

Debra's life was devoted to the health and happiness of children and families in need. From raising her own children and grandchildren to founding and growing the Mercy Well Child Clinic in Urbana; her life's work can be found in the countless healthy children in Champaign County, as well as her loving family. She was a beacon of love, empathy and compassion for all people, no matter their background, religion, language or culture. She practiced her love of nursing for 40 years before retiring and enjoying some of the best months of her life.
Debra continued her passion of helping others after her death by donating her tissue.

She is survived by her mother, Ruth K. Foss; her husband of 41 years, Barry Dunham; her children, Tyler S. Dunham, Laura E. (Fabian J.) Vigil and Rebecca Dunham; her grandson, Sebastian J. Vigil; a brother, Charles E. (Terri) Foss; and nephew, Chris (Lindsay) Foss.

She is preceded in death by her father, Paul Howard Foss and a nephew, Nicholas Edward Foss.

A gathering of family and friends will be held from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday, July 12, 2018 in VERNON FUNERAL HOME, Urbana, Ohio.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, July 13, 2018 in St. Mary Catholic Church with Father Larry Gearhart celebrant.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Gloria Theater - Grand Works Foundation, P.O. Box 38128, Barely Used Pets, 844 Jackson Hill Rd, Urbana, Ohio 43078 or to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Clark, Champaign and Logan Counties, 701 E. Columbia St., Springfield, Ohio 45503.

Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.vernonfh.com.


Mike Vogel - Aug 9, 2018
I just heard about the horrible accident that took Debbie’s life. I worked with Debbie at Mercy Homecare and helped her start the well-child Clinic. She was such an awesome nurse and awesome person. I always had such incredible respect for her work ethic, intelligence, and sense of mission and purpose. I can’t imagine the grief you are feeling right now for your wife, mom, and grandma. I am so sorry you and the rest of the community lost Debbie at such a young age. I will always remember her and hope to emulate her love of people.
Connie Newberry - Jul 17, 2018
Just heard of Debbie’s passing. Such sad news. Worked with her for many years. Prayers for her family.
David Edward Smith - Jul 13, 2018
Our prayers are with you Barry!!!
Gary Schenkel - Jul 13, 2018
I am so sorry for your loss. I admire Debbie's devotion to the well-being of Champaign County children and their families through her leadership of the Well Child Clinic. While in marketing, communications and grant writing for Mercy, it was my honor and pleasure to have worked with Debbie. She wholeheartedly embraced and practiced the core values of the Sisters of Mercy in everything she did. A great loss for our community. I pray for you in your sorrow. God bless you!
Henry Zimmerman - Jul 13, 2018
"My Thought's & Prayers" go out to Barry & Foss & Dunham Families.So Sorry to hear of your Loss.Ma "GOD" come into your Hearts & help you through the coming Day's.
Sue propst - Jul 13, 2018
Prayers ,to Barry and family. Deepest sympathy 🦋
Chuck Raterman - Jul 12, 2018
To the Dunham Family. Words can't express the feeling of loss of such a wonderful person. I got to know Debbie as she helped me write grants while teaching at Mechanicsburg. She was a very kind and special person. Barry, I have the utmost respect for you as you are one of the truly great people I've had the opportunity to work with. There's a reason you survived. God has a plan for you. To the children of Barry and Debbie, it's never easy to lose a loved one. Try to remember the good times and make sure you take care of your Dad, I know he's hurting.
Jenna Trout - Jul 12, 2018
My deepest sympathies, hugs, and love go out to all of the Dunham's and extended family/friends. So absolutely heartbreaking. Stay strong.
Steve Prochaska - Jul 12, 2018
Barry and family, With sincere condolences at the tragic loss of Debbie, our thoughts and prayers are with you. Steve and Carla Prochaska
Someone who cares - Jul 12, 2018
“And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.” Revelation 21:4 My sincere condolences to the Dunham family and those who knew and loved Debra on the loss of your dear loved one. The Bible promises at Acts 24:15 and John 5:28,29 of a resurrection,which is a sure hope of being reunited with our dead loved ones. For more information visit jw.org and click on Bible teachings; Can the dead really live again in the search area. Wishing you peace and comfort.
Tim and Kim Patten - Jul 11, 2018
We are so sorry for the loss of your loved one. Keeping your family in our hearts and prayers. God bless all of you.
Mike and peg dixon - Jul 11, 2018
Sorry about your loss prayers to u and family
Terry Smedley - Jul 10, 2018
We would like to extend our condolences to the family of our cousin Debbie. Our thoughts and heartfelt prayers go out to you for your loss. Although Debbie passed early, the good she's done and the people she's touched will last forever. Peace be with you Debbie. May the peace of God,which passes all understanding, keep your hearts and minds during this difficult time (Phil4:7). In lieu of flowers, we have made a donation to Barely Used Pets. All our love, Terry & Sally Smedley, Glenda Smith, and our families
Deborah & Robert Aranda - Jul 10, 2018
Our deepest condolences to Barry and the family so saddened by the loss of Debra.May God and family and friends get you thru this hard time hugs.
Chris & Sharon Taylor - Jul 10, 2018
So very sorry to hear about this, our sympathies for all the family. RIP Debbie.
Marsha Mhuto - Jul 10, 2018
My deepest and most sincere condolences to you and your family.
Lisa Esterline - Jul 10, 2018
I had the pleasure of working with Deb at Mercy, attend one of her many RISEN sessions and also worked along side her volunteering with Best Friends Pet Assisted Therapy. She will be missed by all.
Dianna Tabern - Jul 9, 2018
Condolences to the family. Knew her through our nursing career contact,also seeimg each other in town. Always pleasant and caring. She will be missed.
Sue Leep - Jul 9, 2018
My sympathies to all of you.. I met Deb thru Risen.. so inspired by Deb...such a blessing to have crossed paths with her.. and I know that Deb now has RISEN.. Heaven gained an angel.. my prayers are with you all.. ❤️
Marilyn Eades - Jul 9, 2018
Sorry for your loss Barry! Prayers for you and your family.
Gregg and Cyn Tehan Marsh - Jul 9, 2018
May you find comfort in your wonderful memories of your loved one. Gregg & Cyn Tehan Marsh
Debra Moore - Jul 9, 2018
I extend my deepest heart felt sympathy to the Dunham & Foss families. Debbie was an Angel of mercy as reflected in her nursing career and her devotion to her work. She was a truly sweet person and will be remembered and missed by many. I am so very sorry for your loss. (Duane Moore & Amber Moore Gladman's aunt)
Dawn (Bailey) McCombs - Jul 9, 2018
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Deb was a wonderful person and she will truly be missed.
Leota Rader - Jul 9, 2018
Barry, Chuck and Terri, Words cannot express my sincere sympathies to you and the Foss and Dunham families. Debbie was one of the nicest people I have ever known. God bless you all.
Andy Bauer - Jul 9, 2018
So sorry for your loss Barry. You and your Family are in my thoughts and prayers.

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