Debra Carolyn Bobbitt Elliott Sidey, 63, of Bunker Hill, Kansas, died on Saturday, August 29, 2015, while working at the Post Office in Bunker Hill.
Debra was born in Stockton, Ks. on May 25, 1952 to Alvy P. Bobbitt, Sr. & Bettie Mae (DeBey) Bobbitt. She was raised in Stockton, graduated with her class in 1970 at Stockton Rural High School, was married to Ronald D. Elliott December 16, 1970, & lived for 5 years in Brush & Akron, Colorado. Debbie & Ron were blessed with 2 beautiful boys: Wesley Prentiss and Clinton Matthew. The family moved to Stockton & Wes started Kindergarten at Stockton Elementary that year. Debbie’s boys were the light of her life. She was always there to do for them as she was for everyone that knew her. Debbie was very close to her Dad, working alongside of him or taking medical training to be there for him if he would ever need it. She learned from the best & was a Jack of All Trades from what her Dad, Mom, and Grandma DeBey shared with her as well as all of the friends & family willing to share how they did something. Her strength was through them and she was always there to do for the ones she loved. Every year Debbie achieved a new “talent” and took it on with gusto to enable her to share with her family & friends. From cooking/baking, sewing, beading, knitting, wallpapering, fixing a tire or repairing machinery, working the land, or rocking a baby, Debbie could do it all. She loved life and loved sharing her life with everyone that knew her. Besides knitting hats, scarves & gloves for all family & friends she would knit hats for those dealing with cancer & loved being able to bring a smile to those that received what she had carefully made for them. Music was encapsulated within Debbie’s heart so that it was a strength as well as a comfort thru the years. Her boys, grandchildren, family & friends were to receive her love of music and will never forget her love she shared with them thru her voice, soft and sweet, always there to sooth. Debbie & Ron were divorced in 1988. In 1993 Debbie was married to John Jay Sidey and they settled in their home north of Bunker Hill where she took on the ranch & farming as well as working for the utilities in the area and later the Post Office. Debbie was at the Post Office in Bunker Hill when she passed away preparing to be with her family in Stockton once her days work was done there.
Debbie was preceded in death by her father Alvy Prentice Bobbitt, Sr. on August 27th, 2015, her husband’s parents Valentine D. “Red” & Pauline (Westhusin) Sidey, Ron’s parents Richard & Velma Elliott, the grandparents she learned from Tom & Lola DeBey, and John & Debbie’s son/dog Sam.
Debbie is survived by her mother Bettie Bobbitt of Stockton, husband John Sidey of Rural Bunker Hill, sons: Wesley Prentiss and wife Jennifer of Merino, Co., and Clinton Matthew of Otis, Co., their father Ron Elliott of Otis, Co., Grandchildren: Trace Wesley, Trevor Scott, & Trenton David of Merino and Kyler Richard & Aubrynn Carolyn of Denver, Brooklyn Jean of Otis, & Micah Dawn of Otis. Siblings: Sherylene Sue Gager & husband Jack, Kirwin, Alvy Prentice Jr. & wife Terry, K.C., Ks., Esper Lorraine “Lorrie” Baxter & husband Garry, near Cedar, Christine Lynn Polzin & husband Bill, Hoisington, & Randal Lee & wife Angie, Broken Arrow, Ok., & numerous special nieces, nephews, greats, family & friends, & her spoiled son/dog Bear. All were the recipients of Debbie’s love and devotion.
A Celebration of Debra's life will be held at 3:00 P.M. on Saturday, September 26, 2015, at the United Methodist Church in Stockton, Kansas. Cremation has preceded the services. Visitation will be from 9 A. M. to 8 P.M. on Friday, September 25, 2015, at the Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary in Russell with the family present to greet friends from 4 P.M. to 7 P.M. Memorials may be given to Grandchildren's Education Fund and sent in care of the mortuary. Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary of Russell is in charge of the funeral service arrangements. Debbie worried about her Dad through all of his illness and wanted to be there for him. Our only comfort at this time is that she is where she thought she needed to be & they are together watching over all of us.