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Obituary for Debra Jean (Menzie) Helmuth

Debra Jean (Menzie) Helmuth, age 61 and a resident of Bourbon, IN, passed away quietly after a brief illness on Wednesday, November 7th at 6:37 p.m. in Fort Wayne’s Lutheran Hospital of Indiana.

Debra was born in Warsaw on April 6, 1957. She was the daughter of Marlin and Garnet (Snyder) Menzie and spent most of her life in Warsaw. She was a 1975 graduate of Warsaw Community High School.

On July 2, 1983, she was wed to Phillip Helmuth in Warsaw’s First Brethren Church. United in marriage by Pastor Ken Hunn, the pair recently celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary.

Debra had worked at Kosciusko Community Hospital in housekeeping and as the switchboard operator. She was a generous, kind woman with a big, compassion-filled heart. She was selfless, always willing to help others before considering herself. She enjoyed BINGO, finding a bargain at garage sales, and listening to Christian music. Strong in her faith, she attended church at The Ruwm.

In addition to her husband, Phillip, those left behind include: daughter, Tammy (husband, Scott) Follmer of Etna Green; son, Terry Shaw of Bourbon and sisters, Vicky Evans of Miamisburg, OH and Sandy Sprong of Warsaw. Also surviving are mother-in-law, Esther Helmuth and Debra’s six grandchildren: Hannah Shaw, Alex Shaw, Meli (husband, Matt) Connett, Lucas Follmer, Liam Follmer and Marli Helmuth. She was preceded in death by son, Brooks Helmuth; brother, Rex Menzie; parents, Marlin and Garnet Menzie and father-in-law, Hank Helmuth.

The family will receive friends at Titus Funeral Home, 2000 East Sheridan Street, on Friday, November 16th from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. A funeral celebrating Debra’s life will be held in the funeral home on Saturday at 10 a.m. with doors open for one hour before the service. Pastor Aaron Jones of The Ruwm will officiate with burial following in Warsaw’s Oakwood Cemetery.

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