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Debra Gay

Posted July 10, 2013 in Obituaries, Norwalk

January 14, 1956 – July 8, 2013

Debra Gay

Debra Gay

Debra Gay, 57, died Monday, July 8, 2013, at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines. Memorial services will be held 11 a.m. Friday, July 12, at St. Stephen Lutheran Church in Urbandale. Per Deb’s wishes her cremated remains will be incorporated into fireworks and launched at a later date. Deb was always an original.

Deb was born in Ottumwa on January 14, 1956. She graduated from Ottumwa High School and received a B.S. in Accounting from Drake University. After 25 years of service at Wells Fargo, Deb became the director of finance for Lutheran Services in Iowa.

Deb was an avid cyclist and completed RAGBRAI seven consecutive years. She enjoyed reading, gardening, and nature, and was a member of a book club with her close friends. Deb was a generational quilter and entered several of her quilts in the Iowa State Fair. She was also an accomplished musician, playing both the violin and piano.

Deb is survived by her daughters, Daphne (Brent) Monson of Des Moines and Phaedra (Chris) Strohmaier of Waukee; her granddaughter, Charlotte Monson; her long time companion, Boyd Bader of Des Moines; her father, Howard Cudworth of Ottumwa; and her brothers, Dan (Renee) Cudworth of Marion and Dave (Cheryl) Cudworth of Anamosa. She was preceded in death by her mother, Patricia Cudworth.

The family will receive friends from 5 – 7 p.m. Thursday, July 11, at Iles Funeral Homes-Westover Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hope Ministries in Des Moines. Online condolences will be welcomed at


Information provided by:
Iles Funeral Homes
Westover Chapel
6337 Hickman Road
Des Moines, IA 50322

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