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Debbie White

June 4, 1951 ~ July 30, 2017 (age 66)

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August 5, 2017

1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
O'Leary Celebration of Life Center ~ Funeral & Cremation Services
1020 Main Street
Norwalk, Iowa 50211


Debbie White, age 66, of Cumming, died Sunday, July 30, 2017 in Des Moines, Iowa.

Visitation will be 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, August 5th at O’Leary Funeral Services in Norwalk.  To sign Debbie's on-line guest book and to send flowers or a gift to the family click the "send flowers" tab below, go to or call O'Leary's Flowers (515) 981-0700 (no delivery fees).  Memorials, to be designated by the family, will be accepted.

Deborah “Debbie” White was born in Des Moines June 4th 1951. Debbie grew up and lived on Muskogee Rd, in the Frisbee area of Des Moines and spent a couple years of her childhood in Norwalk. She graduated high school from Roosevelt in 1969.

In Debbie’s first marriage to Greg Lancelotti she had two sons, Bradley and Daniel.

After Debbie’s first marriage, she met John and they began their life together, living in Valley Junction, West Des Moines. They married in 1986. They moved to Cumming, Iowa a couple years later, where they lived until her death. From this marriage she had a son and daughter, John and Hillarie.

Debbie held many different jobs from working at the Donut King, waitressing at Jim's Café on 5th, bartending to Edco Credit Union as a teller and Briggs in accounting and payroll. Her most important job was being a wonderful mother to her four children and grandmother to her 14 grandchildren and her 3 great grandchildren.

Debbie was once asked, “What was the most special way she had shown someone that she loved them?” and her reply was, “That she gave them her kidney.” That person happened to be her husband John. She was also asked, “What was the most special way she had been shown that she was loved?” to which she replied, “That while she was sick with cancer her family was by her side every day.” She once said that her greatest hope was that they find a cure for cancer.

Debbie wanted everyone to know "work hard, help others. Everything doesn't come your way but you still have to feel good about yourself." She wanted to be remembered 'that she was a nice person and she liked being around people'.

Debbie’s definition of happiness is 'being healthy, having family around and being able to do things when and how you want to do them.' And her definition of family was 'everything all encompassing, working toward a common goal and helping each other if and when you need it.'

She is survived by her husband, John; her children, Bradley (Sandi) Lancelotti, Daniel (Randi) Lancelotti, John A. (Heidi), and Hillarie (Matt) Ramthun; 14 grandchildren, Sebastian, Jesse, Brooke, Isaac, Dylan, Chelsea, Alison, Gianna, Lucy, Della, Henry, Maya, Savana, and Isla; 3 great-grandchildren, Calvin, Lyle and William; her 7 siblings, Butch (Linda)Smith, Sandi (Jerry) Morgan, Cindi Thomas, Terry (Cheryl) Smith, Jerry (Dawn) Smith, Pam (Jim) Hutchcroft and Jeff (Mary) Smith; 11 nieces and 8 nephews.

She was proceeded in death by her mother Dolores McBride Smith and her father Arthur (Art) Smith.

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