OBITUARY: Debra (Barnthouse) Peal

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Debra (Barnthouse) Peal, 64, died Aug. 8, 2022, at Hutchinson Regional Hospital in Hutchinson, Kansas.

Debra was born on May 18, 1958, in Newton, the daughter of Ruby Emerson and Jack Malek.

On Dec. 4, 1981, Debra was united in marriage to Lawrence Peal. At the time of Lawrence’s death in 2014, the couple had been married for 32 beautiful years.

You could often find Debra enjoying her garden, crocheting or quilting. She loved listening to live music and taking camping trips, but most of all the loved spending time with her grandchildren.

She was a devoted member of Whitestone Mennonite Church in Hesston.

Debra was a sweet, compassionate and giving soul. She was a natural-born caregiver and would meet people right where they were (regardless of their situation or who they were) and help them get to where they needed to be.

Debra is survived by her sons, Justin Peal and wife Mary Hand, and Jackson Faries; siblings, Gary Barnthouse, Tammy Phares and Kim Spengler; grandchildren, April Rayne Ethridge, Sebastian Riley, Tyr Ray and Mystic Faries, Justin George, Brandon Hand and Sarah Hand; great-grandson, Titus Maxwell Hart; cousins, Becky Lowery and Michael Ethridge; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and many dear friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Larry Peal; son, Jim Etheridge; and parents, Ruby Emerson and Jack Malek.

A caretaker until the very end, Debra’s wishes were to be an organ donor. Through her gift, she will save the sight of two people. She also was a skin donor for diabetes research, where her generous gift will help countless others in the future.

Cremation has taken place. A private family gathering will take place at a later date.

Memorial contributions in Debra’s name may be made to the Diabetes Foundation Inc., 411 Hackensack Ave., Hackensack, NJ 07601 or left in care of Petersen Funeral Home.

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