Debra Jo Combs Upchurch



Debra Jo Combs Upchurch, age 65, of Lafayette, entered into eternal life with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Friday, August 20, 2021, at her home surrounded by family.

Mrs. Upchurch was a member of River City Church in Lafayette.

Debra graduated from Chrysler High School in New Castle in 1974. She met Dennis Upchurch, her loving husband, during her senior year and they married on July 26, 1974. She is a 1995 graduate of Indiana University and a 1996 graduate of Purdue University at Indianapolis. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Management and Human Resources and had an Associate’s Degree in Computer Technology that served her well as a Data Administrator at Purdue University.

Debby loved being with her family and enjoyed making memories with them during vacations, family reunions, decoration days, and cousin weekends. She was an active member of her church, serving in various ministries, including mentorships, teaching classes, preparing communion, and leading small groups.

She was employed by CAP and Val Corp. in New Castle. She later was employed with the State of Indiana and Norrell in Indianapolis, and her final employment was with Purdue IT in West Lafayette.

Debby was born on March 24, 1956, in Seymour, to her loving parents, Bill and Bonnie Combs, both of whom preceded her in death. She is also preceded in death by her sister-in-law, Linda (Stanley) Barnes, of Indianapolis.

Survivors include her devoted husband, Dennis; one cherished son, John (Aimee) Upchurch, of Essex Junction, Vermont; one faithful daughter, Sara Upchurch, of Charlotte, North Carolina; one beautiful granddaughter, Aura Upchurch, of Essex Junction, Vermont; one supportive brother, Dale (Kim) Combs, of Valrico, Florida; mother-in-law, Audrey Upchurch, of New Castle; brother-in-law, Mike Upchurch; sister-in-law, Debi Cole; aunts; uncles; nieces; nephews; cousins; and many friends.

Friends may call from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 24, 2021, at River City Church in Lafayette. Funeral services for Debby Upchurch will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 25, 2021, at Spurgeon Funeral Home, Inc., Brownstown, with Pastor Robby Bradford officiating. Friends may call from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday at Spurgeon Funeral Home, Inc., Brownstown.

Interment will follow at Robertson Cemetery, Maumee.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be given to River City Church, Robertson Cemetery, Matrix LifeCare Center, or Donor’s choice.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by the caring staff of Spurgeon Funeral Home, Inc., Brownstown.

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