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Debra Jean Moorehead

Debra Jean Moorehead, “DJ” a beloved member of the Columbus community, peacefully passed away on February 7, 2024. She was born on December 7, 1954, in Columbus, Ohio, to the late Joe L. Moorehead Sr., and Lois E. Moorehead.

Debra was a dedicated and hardworking individual, having spent many years as an administrative assistant for the Ohio History Connection. Her commitment to her work was commendable, even during her illness, as she would bring her computer to chemotherapy sessions to continue contributing to her role.

Debra’s faith played a significant role in her life, having been a devoted member of Triedstone Baptist Church under the leadership of Bishop Jerome H. Ross. before finding her forever church home at First Church of God, where she served for over 25 years. She had a deep admiration for Bishop and Lady Clarke, and her presence in the back section of the sanctuary was a constant reminder of her unwavering commitment to her faith.

Known for her love of playing cards, Debra “DJ” often spent her evenings at Smokin’ Ace or Columbus Whist Players Society, enjoying the company of fellow card enthusiasts. Her passion for card games brought joy to her life, and she had plans to invite some members to her brother Joe’s home for a friendly gathering. Unfortunately, this wish remained unfulfilled.

Family meant everything to Debra, and she cherished every opportunity to gather with her family. One of the main events was Christmas breakfast. The family would spend Christmas Eve at Joe’s home and wake up to a full breakfast, which included everything from homemade waffles to fried potatoes and onions, all prepared by Debra. Joe knew to stay clear of the kitchen, until she was done creating her signature breakfast. Debra was always the organizing force behind these special moments. Her presence and attention to detail will be greatly missed by all.

After the death of her mother in 2010, Debra became the matriarch of the family in more ways than one. As the years passed, her personality became more and more like her mother, whose nickname was “Lucy.” In fact, it had gotten to the point that many times the family would say, “Lord, you are acting just like “Lucy.”

Debra is exceeded in death by her parents Joe L. Moorehead Sr. and Lois E. Moorehead. Although our hearts are shattered, we rejoice in the victory she gained on Wednesday, February 7, 2024, for to be absent from the body, is to be present with the Lord. Her memory will forever remain with her loving Daughter Keisha (Kevin) Moorehead who did an amazing job loving, and supporting her mother during her illness, her brother and constant companion Joe L. Moorehead Jr, who never missed a medical appointment, who set with her for every chemo and radiation visit and took her into his home to ensure she had the care she needed. Her Sister Sherry (Chad) Robinson, who was also so hands on and made sure she had amazing cakes and other meals to meet her taste desires. The apples of her eye were her two grandchildren, Omari G. Edwards, and Karis E. Seals. Her loving Stepmother Ann Moorehead who gave such support, and encouragement. Her nephews Geoffrey (Tiffany) Moorehead and Kelly (Ashley) Smith. Uncles John Greenway, Robert Moorehead and Bishop Edward (Rose) Shouse, her bonus son William“Bill” Wilson,other great nieces and nephews, cousins' relatives, and friends. Gone from our sight, but never from our hearts!

Visitation 6:00 PM and Funeral Service 7:00 PM Friday, February 16, 2024 at First Church of God, 3480 Refugee Road. Interment at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens Saturday, February 17, 2024 12:00 Noon Leaving East Chapel of Peace. Ministry of Comfort entrusted to MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE EAST, 5456 E. Livingston Ave.

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