Deborah Debbie Gay Mathis

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Deborah "Debbie" Gay Mathis

June 09, 1952 - February 05, 2019

Deborah Debbie Gay Mathis Deborah "Debbie" Gay Mathis passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones at her sister's home in Victoria, TX on February 5, 2019. Debbie was born on June 9, 1952 in El Campo, TX to Albert and Doris Wenglar of El Campo, TX. She grew up in El Campo, where she graduated high school in 1970.
Debbie married Wayne Maxwell after she graduated from high school, giving birth to her children Clint, Lance, and Amy.
She then remarried Louis "Eddie" Mathis in 1982 and moved to Huntsville, TX where she lived for more than 35 years and where Brad was born. Ever the hard worker, she was employed full-time while attending college at Sam Houston State University, where she graduated magna cum laude with a BA in Business Administration in 1992. She then worked for the prison system at Wyndham School District for more than 30 years before retiring from TDC in October of 2015.
Debbie enjoyed fishing, traveling, and cooking homemade meals for family and friends. She delighted in taking care of others and often made cakes to share with her coworkers. She also loved quilting, a hobby introduced to her by her best friend, Rhonda Flanagin. Over the years, Debbie created many beautiful quilts, using clothes from cherished family members to make long-lasting memories that will continue to keep her family warm. Ever the traveler, Debbie was also known for going on new adventures at the drop of a hat.
Debbie also loved her grandkids with all her heart. She would often take them on special trips, just her and the kids, to spend quality time together.
She is survived by her son Clint Maxwell and daughter-in-law Nancy Maxwell of The Woodlands, TX, son Lance Maxwell and daughter-in-law Jill Maxwell of East Bernard, TX, daughter Amy Peterson and son-in-law Scott Peterson of Richmond, TX, son Brad Mathis and daughter-in-law Velissa Chapa of Pflugerville, TX , her sister Penny Klatt and brother-in-law Bobby Klatt of Victoria, TX, brother Doug Wenglar and sister-in-law Glenell Wenglar of El Campo, TX, and her sister Rebecca (Bejo) Gadeke and brother-in-law Paul Gadeke of El Campo, TX.
Debbie is also survived by five grandchildren: Sydney Maxwell, Jackson Maxwell, Lauren Todish, Benjamin Peterson, and Elizabeth Maxwell, as well as eight step-grandchildren, Nicole, Adam, Grace, Emma, Hannah, Micah, Parker, and Abigail Peterson.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Doris Wenglar of El Campo, TX, and her husband, Louis Edward Mathis of Huntsville, TX.
A Celebration of Life ceremony will be held on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at First Baptist Church in El Campo, TX, officiated by Pastor Rick DuBroc. Services will begin at 11 a.m. CST, with lunch following in the church Fellowship Hall. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made at www.gifts.mdanderson.org. (Amy Peterson will receive MDA notifications at 1211 Plantation Meadows Drive, Richmond, TX 77406).
Published on February 7, 2019
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Greg Gathright
Feb 11, 2019
Such fond memories of a beautiful lady. Debbie was a good friend at Windham.
Mike and Ann Vickers
Feb 08, 2019
Mike and I worked with for years at Windham School District. She was the sweetest person. We always enjoyed have Debbie come to the units and work with the secretaries. She is going to missed. Praying for your family.
Love, Ann & Mike Vickers
Neighbor
Feb 07, 2019
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends. Please remember that you are never alone. Jehovah will be there for you. The family and friends will be there for you with true love, and words of comfort. All mankind is moaning, groaning, because of the stresses, sickness, injustices, the belittlement of culture and then facing the greatest adversary, the enemy of all, Death! Help me. Help us.
God's Word the Bible promises our love ones will be resurrected.
How comforting it is to know that Jehovah, the God of all comfort, will eliminate all grief and provide permanent consolation when “all those in the memorial tombs will hear [Christ’s] voice and come out”! (John 5:28, 29)
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God promises that “he will do away with death forever, and the Sovereign Lord Jehovah will wipe away the tears from all faces.” (Isa. 25:8)
Then, instead of having to “weep with those who weep,” all earth’s inhabitants will “rejoice with those who rejoice.” —Rom. 12:15.
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