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Obituaries » Deborah “Debi” J. Bones

Deborah “Debi” J. Bones, 68, of Remington, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 30, 2018.

She was born March 22, 1950 in Buffalo, New York.

Debi leaves behind her husband, Marcus William Sr.; four children, Stephanie (Shawn), Ben (Carrie), Marcus Jr. and Justina (David), and six much loved grandchildren, Harrison, Benjamin, Jonah, Brayden, Cameron and Vivian.

Debi made a career out of teaching, although teaching was much more to her than just a career. She loved her students, treating them with respect, but also demanding their best effort – and they loved her for it, many still referring to her as “Bonesy,” as they reconnected with her on social media. After retiring from teaching in Ravenna, Ohio, Debi and Marc moved from Youngstown, Ohio, to Virginia to be full-time grandparents. She was lovingly called “E” by her grandchildren.

Once Debi was settled in Virginia, she found her second calling as a volunteer with a local dog rescue, PAWS for Seniors. She took in many of their hardest cases, teaching dogs to trust and how to be loved in preparation for their placement in what she always hoped would be their “furever” home. She also experienced many “foster fails,” which is how she ended up with her seven extremely spoiled dogs – Stuart Little, Ruby, Jessa, Rylee, Bobbie, Peyton, and Beau.

While Debi will be missed, she also leaves us with so many moments that we can laugh about. Debi had an intense hatred of Brussel sprouts. No matter how they were dressed, she refused to eat them and made no bones about vocalizing her disgust for them. She actually hated most vegetables, but she made sure her grandsons ate theirs. She also hated balloons, for no rational reason, she just hated them. She loved fuzzy socks; you could make her day by bringing her a pair of warm, fuzzy socks – especially during the winter. She also loved peanut butter cups and ice cream. We are all hoping there is Moo Thru in Heaven, and they are well stocked.

And, while she started out as a Buffalo Bills fan, she ended up a devout Pittsburgh Steelers fan, constantly putting up with grief as her family ribbed her for being a sellout. She was steadfast in her values, making sure she instilled those values in her grandsons that she took care of every day. Much to their chagrin, she never put up with any shenanigans, and they never got away with slacking on their homework. Her primary concern from beyond would be the care and feeding of her dogs. All can rest assured that we’ll make sure the dogs get fed on time.
The service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, November 6, at Remington United Methodist Church. Well behaved dogs (and people) are welcome to attend. Interment will follow at Remington Cemetery. A reception will follow at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to PAWS for Seniors, P.O. Box 738, Bealeton, Virginia 22712.
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