Mount Vernon News

Mount Vernon News
December 17, 2011 9:09 am EST


BUTLER — Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage. Debbie Henry, adored mother, loving companion, and cherished friend found her strength in those who loved her, and set an amazing example of courage, bravery and fearlessness throughout her four-year battle with carcinoid cancer. She emerged victorious from her heroic fight on Thursday, Dec.15, 2011, surrounded by those from whom she drew her strength. Her suffering now over, Debbie has claimed her eternal reward.

Born Deborah Lee Sebastian to Robert and Joan (Kunkel) Sebastian on Oct. 5, 1949, in Galion, she was one of four girls. Debbie was graduated from Westerville High School in 1967 and attended The Ohio State University.

Debbie is survived by her loving partner in life Jeff Brokaw of Butler; five loving children and their spouses, Dane and Amanda Henry of Lexington, Dan and Keli Henry of Lucas, Dusty and Mitchell Au of Howard, Jeffrey Brokaw II, of Butler and Melissa and David Pearl of Philadelphia, Pa.; seven grandchildren Caila, Calvin and Caden and baby Henry, expected in May, Aiden and Cy Henry and Brady Au; her mother, Joan Sebastian; three sisters and a brother-in-law, Janet Lynn Reed, Kathy Jorgensen all of Westerville, and Robin and Randy Schonewetter of Lewis Center; second parents, Dick and Ruth Brokaw of Bellville; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Joel Brokaw and Anne Sweeny Sheriff of Butler, Jay Brokaw of Lexington, Jill and Jeff Schaefer of Bellville and Kennethia Brokaw of Bellville; dear friends, Eileen Miller, Lorraine Ernest and Joyce Flockerzie; along with numerous nieces, nephews, extended family members and a host of friends.

Debbie was preceded in death by her father Robert Sebastian.

Friends may call Monday, Dec. 19, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home. A worship service celebrating Deborah’s life will be held Tuesday, Dec. 20, at 11 a.m. in North Bend Church of the Brethren, Butler. Pastor Patrick Bailey will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Private expressions of sympathy may be made by visiting:

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