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Friday, February 24, 2023
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Debbie was born in Columbus, Nebraska on May 8, 1955, a Mother’s Day Sunday. Being the first born to Darlene and Arlan Ehlers, her birthday made Darlene a first-time mother on Mother’s Day. She attended elementary and high school in Glenwood, Iowa. After high school, she attended Iowa State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in Economics. Soon after completing her degree, she started her career at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. Working in various regulatory functional areas and ultimately becoming the supervising officer of the bank supervision staff in the Federal Reserve Bank’s Denver office. She served the bank for nearly 35 years, working on many projects which led to risk focused supervision for community banks and emphasized the importance of management. She also led her staff through significant banking downturns. After retirement in 2012, she took her regulatory experience into bank consulting and served as a director on three bank boards including Bankers Bank of the West (Denver, CO), Young American’s Bank (Denver, CO) and High Plains Bank (Flagler, CO).
In her personal life Debbie loved country music and dancing with her husband Marty on a dance floor with “just the right amount of slick.” She also loved her hometown Glenwood, Iowa and the Class of ‘73. While she was proud of and missed her Iowa roots, Colorado became home to her and her family. She looked forward to the annual Christmas cookie bake with her granddaughter, Addi and always laughed when she found random sprinkles hidden in various parts of the kitchen for weeks after Christmas. She also loved decorating the house every Christmas season, warm blankets and enjoyed walks around the neighborhood…. the talking more than the walking. Together Debbie and Marty spent a lot of time traveling, visiting nearly 30 countries over the years! Many via cruise ship with plans to visit so many more destinations in the future.
Debbie dearly loved the many friends she made throughout the years, especially those that carried her through the last couple years’ as she battled cancer. Special thanks to Lori and Ron, Sheryl and Dan, Tanya and Hooter, Cindy and Don, Terri, Mickie and Rick, Diana and Don, Paula, Dave and Rox, the entire Creighton Family and all the staff at High Plains Bank.
Debbie is preceded in death by her mother (Mae) and father (Arlan), her parents’ in-law (Dorothy and Lawrence). She is survived by her sisters; Carrie Ward (Chuck) of Omaha, NE, Kelly Qvern of Canton, GA, brother-in-law Larry Meyers (Laurie) of St. Charles, MO, Roger Meyers (Linda) of Plattsmouth, NE and sister-in-law Tammy Gaines (Dwight) of Waukee, IA. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
Most of all, she loved and was so proud of her family; daughter Erin Griffin and son-in-law Dennis, granddaughter Addisyn; son Nick Meyers and daughter-in-law Lindsay. Lastly, her high school sweetheart and husband of 45 years, Marty. Marty was her source of strength, closest partner in life and caregiver during her cancer battle, he will always be her “forever” dance partner.
Memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, February 24th at Joy Lutheran Church 7051 Parker Hills Ct, Parker, CO 80138. A reception will follow. In honor of Debbie, the family asks that donations be sent to two special organizations:
Flat Tops Rodeo Bible Camp (Debbie Meyers Scholarship Fund)
PO Box 1501, Rifle, CO 81650 (Tax ID: 45-3652005)
Joy Lutheran Church (Outdoor Worship Area Project)
7051 Parker Hills Ct, Parker, CO 80138