Deborah Sue Friend, affectionately known as Deb, passed away on December 30, 2023, in Indianapolis, Indiana. She was born on April 17, 1960, in Greene County, Indiana. Her death has left an immense void in the lives of all who knew and loved her.
Deb was a graduate of Decatur Central High School and went on to lead a life filled with compassion and selflessness. She possessed a deep love for her family and regarded herself as a mother not only to her own children but also to many other kids who were fortunate enough to experience her nurturing care. Deb had an incredible ability to make everyone feel like a part of the family, endearing herself to all those around her.
She had an extraordinary talent for cherishing even the smallest and seemingly insignificant gifts that were given to her. Deb cherished the sentiment behind every gesture of kindness and never threw anything away. Her capacity for thoughtfulness extended beyond material possessions; she always placed others' needs before her own, exemplifying unwavering empathy and compassion addition to her exceptional caregiving nature, Deb had a knack for nicknaming each member of family, bestowing upon them unique monikers that reflected their individuality and created lasting bonds between them. This endearing tradition forged an unbreakable sense of unity within the family.
Purple held a special place in Deb's heart as it was her favorite color. She found solace in nature and enjoyed spending time outdoors amidst her vibrant flower gardens adorned with delicate butterflies. Deb took delight in the simple pleasures of life—coloring, solving crossword puzzles and word searches—activities that allowed her mind to wander into realms of creativity and tranquility. Camping trips were also a cherished pastime as they provided opportunities for quality family time immersed in the splendor of nature.
Collecting refrigerator magnets and tea pots brought immense joy to Deb's life. Each magnet and tea pot held a unique story, serving as a visual representation of the memories she cherished and the experiences that shaped her. The melodic tinkling of windchimes was a source of comfort to her, resonating with the gentle winds that blew through her life. Among her myriad interests, Deb held a keen passion for NASCAR Racing, immersing herself in the exhilarating world of speed, competition, and unwavering determination.
Deb will be deeply missed by her loved ones. She leaves behind a devoted husband, John Friend Jr., with whom she shared many beautiful years of companionship and love. Her children—Jennifer (Willie Bird) Burgess, John A. Friend III, Aaron (Shai) Friend, and Nicolas (Rachael) Friend—were the light of her life and carry forward her legacy of love and compassion. Deb's memory will also be cherished by her grandchildren—Taylor, Heavyn, Gaige, Sierra, Aaron Jr., Isaiah, Jazlynn, Raelynn, Domanick, Emma, Lennon, Colson, Raelynn Portis, Kylah, Dason, Rena, Mark, David, Kaylee—and great-grandchildren—Raynor, Rynlei, Aubrey, Aria MJ and Riley. In addition to her immediate family members are brother Joe Wright Jr.; Sister Jan (Ron) Bentley; and special family friends - the Holler Family.
She is preceded in death by her loving father Joe Wright and mother Melba J. Wright.
Deb’s final services are scheduled to commemorate her remarkable life. Visitation will be held on January 8th from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM at Flanner Buchanan Decatur Township in Indianapolis. This will be followed by a Funeral Service at 2:00 PM at the same location.
She will be laid to rest following the service at West Newton Cemetery in West Newton, Indiana.
Deb will forever remain in our hearts, her kindness and selflessness permeating through the memories we hold dear. Her unwavering love and dedication to family and friends serve as an enduring inspiration for us all. May she rest in eternal peace, knowing that her impact on this world will never be forgotten.
To share your memories and stories with Deb's family and sign her online guestbook you are encouraged to go to www.flannerbuchanan.com