Debra Ann Kerby, 66, Saginaw, died Sept. 11, 2020, in Roscommon County.
A funeral service will take place at 11 a.m. Sept. 18, at Snow Funeral Home, 3775 N. Center Rd., Saginaw. Chaplain Lon Cook will officiate with burial taking place in St. Andrew Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the funeral home today (Thursday, Sept. 17) from 2 to 8 p.m. and the day of the service beginning at 10 a.m. In accordance with state mandate ordinances, the limitations of the number gathered and safe distancing will be observed. For those that wish to view the service remotely, can visit client.tribucast.com/tcid/87407289 at 10:55 a.m.
Born Dec. 21, 1953, in Saginaw, she was the daughter of the late Kenneth R. and Ruth E. (Kohloff) Furtaw. She attended Douglas MacArthur High School and graduated in 1972. She began working at Michigan Bell in 1974, from where she retired after 30 years of service. This is where she met the love of her life, Thomas B. Kerby. They were married July 23, 1983, in Saginaw. Together they lived in the Saginaw area where they raised their two daughters, Ashley and Amy Kerby.
She had a love for Houghton Lake ever since she worked at her Aunt Ellie’s resort on the lake, where she met most of her lifelong friends. The couple later purchased their first cabin on the lake in 1999, where they created lifelong memories with each other, their daughters and their grandchildren, Addisyn and Jack. She loved her entire family. She loved working in her garden, watching and feeding the birds and squirrels, and most of all, she had a great love for eagles. She also loved her pets, Beau, Papa Bear, Fred and her most recent rescue, Squirt very much. She had a very special bond with her granddaughter, Addisyn, including many adventures up north. She has left an unbearable void in the lives of those she knew.
Surviving are her husband of 37 years, Tom Kerby; daughters, Ashley and Amy Kerby; grandchildren, Addisyn and Jack, all of Saginaw; brother, Jim (Kathy Polaski) Furtaw of Midland; many lifelong friends; and her granddogs, Henry and Charlie.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed toward Turner Syndrome Foundation at turnersyndromefoundation.org.
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