Deborah (Debby) L. Bunting, age 55, of Lebanon, formerly of Vallejo, CA, passed peacefully at 1:09 a.m. Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at Memorial East Hospital in Shiloh, IL.
She was born September 18, 1965 in Vallejo, CA, the daughter of the late Gerald J. and Lois V. (Butler) Krause.
She is survived by three children: Candice (Daniel) Durbin of Lebanon, Heather Smith of St. Augustine, FL and Dylan Bunting of Lebanon; four grandchildren: Dellas Durbin, Frederick Durbin, Addison Durbin and Adeline Smith; three siblings: Gerald “Jimmy” (Diane) Krause of Fairfield, CA, Ronda (Tim) Sexton of Ione, CA and Karen Bartell of North Carolina. Also survived by her husband, Daryl Bunting, who she married Valentines, 2002.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by two siblings: Elmer C. Krause and Marcia McVicar.
A native Californian, Debby was reluctantly relocated to Reno, Nevada, and then finally to Lebanon, Illinois. In Debby’s earlier life, she dealt with many struggles both externally and inside herself. Despite, and perhaps because of, her struggles, she was a very strong natured, independent, and at times even stubborn woman. Debby brought people together and when people were around her, whether they be family or friends who became family, everyone felt love and unconditional acceptance. While she had three children and five brothers and sisters, the number of people she brought in and loved as her adopted family is innumerable.
We will all remember her as someone who was full of life and enjoyed bending the rules to bring joy to herself and others, whether that be dropping an extra $20 at the casino, playing hooky to go on an adventure, or partaking with friends. When Debby was straightforward and honest with you, you knew she had brought you into her inner circle and that you would be loved no matter what. Her tough love helped shape her children, nieces and nephews, and adopted family into strong, independent people.
Anyone could spot Debby from a mile away with her platinum blonde hair done up with sunglasses to style it, usually yelling at someone. Toward her last few years, she was able to gain some peace, understanding, and coping which translated to her being more understanding and patient. We are forever appreciative for that time as it seemed as though she had an easier time sharing all the love she has always had inside of her.
A private visitation will be held Friday, March 12, 2021 at 4:00 pm. The family requests that anyone who would like to honor Debby take a moment of silence during this time. The family is planning services in CA later this year, and details will be announced.
Friends may leave condolences at www.KalmerMemorialServices.com. Kalmer Memorial Services in Lebanon, IL is appointed to facilitate arrangements. Should friends desire, contributions can be made to Dylan’s college fund in lieu of flowers.