Debbie  Martin


Deborah Sue Martin, 68, of Ottumwa, died at 11:30 a.m. September 4, 2019 at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics in Iowa City.
She was born December 18, 1950 in Ottumwa to Ralph and Maxine Collier Martin. Debbie married Raymond Clay in 1970 and they later divorced.
A 1969 graduate of Ottumwa High School, Deborah had worked at Ottumwa Regional Health Center and with Crest Services with adults with disabilities.
She was a member of Christ's Church.
She enjoyed her flowers and especially enjoyed spending time with her kids and grandkids.
Surviving are her children, Crystal (Kevin) Carlberg of Bloomfield and Tony Clay of Tempe, AZ; two grandchildren, Chelsey Carlberg and Christopher "Bub" Carlberg, both of Bloomfield; a brother, Ralph (Susan) Martin Jr. of Kirkland, WA; her companion of 30 years, Glen Archer and his children, Sandra Archer of Ottumwa, Sharon (Greg) Cain of Newton, Tammy (Terry) Archer-Blackburn of Marion and Glen Archer Jr. and his grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Jeff Clay and a brother, Gary Martin.
Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Saturday at Reece Funeral Home with Dan Smith and Phillip Lyon officiating. Cremation will follow the service.
Visitation will be open after 10 a.m. Saturday with the family present one hour prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family.
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Published on September 5, 2019
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3 posts

Cathy McElroy Penniston
Sep 08, 2019
Sorry to hear about Debbie. We grew up together. My parents, Rex and Laura McElroy, went dancing each Saturday night with Ralph and Maxine at the Eagles. Debbie would often stay all night at our house or we would stay at her house. Great memories of a special childhood friend.
Virginia L leal
Sep 07, 2019
Debbie was a cousin I enjoyed visiting with in my childhood. I haven't seen her since I moved away in the 60's, but she was a really nice cousin and her parents were great people too.
Scott, Lisa McConnell
Sep 07, 2019
Sorry for your loss.