Debbie

January 11, 1952 ~ February 27, 2022

Born in: Vincennes , Indiana
Resided in: Vincennes, Indiana

Deborah “Debbie” Lee Dodson

Deborah “Debbie” Lee Dodson, 70, of Vincennes, Indiana, died peacefully with her family by her side on February 27, 2022.

Debbie was born January 11, 1952, in Vincennes, Indiana, the loving daughter of the late Ivan “Rex” Fisher and Wilma Fox. She graduated from high school in 1970 and from Vincennes Beauty College in 1971.

Debbie was proud of her work as a beautician for more than 40 years, much of that time serving and caring for clients at many area nursing homes. Helping people feel beautiful brought such joy to Debbie.

Debbie was an active member of Ridgecrest Baptist Church but recently had been attending Christ Community Church.

She met the love of her life, Tom Dodson, while on a date with one of his friends, but she quickly knew Tom was who she was meant to be with. The two married December 31, 1972. Later, they welcomed daughters Stacy Lee Dodson and Michelle Lee Dodson, the pride and joy of Debbie’s life.

Debbie enjoyed her time working in nursing homes, relishing in all the stories and life lessons she heard from the residents. While Debbie left them with a perfectly permed, coiffed or trimmed head of hair, she felt like she left the sessions with something too. That exchange of joy was felt by the residents who truly treasured her.

While Debbie thought there would be no greater gift than her two daughters, she realized an even grander one when her granddaughter, Riley Smith arrived. She loved nothing more than spending time with her Riley Roo. The two had a bond like no other. The duo was happy doing anything together. Debbie also enjoyed spending time with friends and among their favorite activities were gallivanting around town and cruising on a sunny day to find the next best place to eat.

Debbie also enjoyed spending time with her family. She and daughter Michelle, along with son-in-law Brad, had a special bond which grew even closer after the death of Stacy in 2020.

Many of those close to Debbie have a picture she colored for them and then framed as she enjoyed sharing her love of beautiful things with those she cared about.

Debbie’s deep love and carefully adventurous spirit will be missed by so many who loved and cared for her and whom she loved and cared for over the years.

Debbie was preceded in death by her mother Wilma Fox, stepfather James Fox, father Ivan “Rex” Fisher, mother-in-law Margaret Dodson, adoring husband of 30 years Tom Dodson and loving daughter Stacy.

She is survived by daughter Michelle Smith; son-in-law Brad Smith; granddaughter Riley Smith; step-mother Vera Fisher-Milks; siblings Anita Ellerman, Jay Fox, Randy Fisher, Brenda Blackmon, Todd Fisher, and Roy Selby; nieces Lindsey Brown, Tiffany Cooper, Amber Dodson and Jayla Detty and nephews Shaye Frye and Jake Owens.

nieces Lindsey Brown, Tiffany Cooper and Amber Dodson, and nephew Shaye Frye.

She will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

A funeral service celebrating Debbie’s life will be at 1 p.m. Friday, March 4, 2022, at the Goodwin Sievers Funeral Home, 524 Broadway Street, Vincennes, Indiana. Officiating will be pastor Ron Fellows. Internment will follow in the Oak Hill Cemetery in Patoka, Indiana, under the direction of Goodwin Sievers Funeral Home. Visitation is from 11 a.m. Friday to service time at the funeral home.

The family wishes to thank the caring medical staff at Good Samaritan Hospital, especially nurse Ben in the intensive care unit. The family is grateful for Debbie’s dear friends Sandy and Mona who have been an incredible support to Debbie over the years. They were always the first here for the good times but also first to step in when times were hard.

Services

Visitation: March 4, 2022 11:00 am - March 4, 2022 1:00 pm

Goodwin-Sievers Funeral Home - Vincennes
524 Broadway Street
VINCENNES, IN 47591


Funeral: March 4, 2022 1:00 pm

Goodwin-Sievers Funeral Home - Vincennes
524 Broadway Street
VINCENNES, IN 47591


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  1. We want to express our deepest sympathy to you Michelle and your family. Thinking of you. Prayers.

    Mick and Cindy Jones

  2. Your Mom always seemed like a fun and happy person in your Facebook posts, especially when she was with her family. She was obviously very proud if you and Riley! I am truly that meant for your loss; you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  3. So sorry for the loss of Debbie she was a sweet gal. I went all through beauty school with her and we were pretty good friend in school. A lot of fun times. Thoughts and Prayers to the entire family 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

  4. My deepest sympathy to you all. I have so many amazing memories with Deb , Tom, Stacy and the rest of the family. I love you all .

  5. I’m sorry for your loss. What a wonderful and good friend Debbie was. I will miss her so much 😢 My mornings will never be the same.

  6. Debbie was an angel to her friends and customers and she will be missed. Me and my family send our love and prayers to you and your family.

  7. I love you so much sweetheart. Kristie and I were wanting so bad to be able to see you in September. I just guess it wasn’t meant to be. I’ll see you on the other side someday. I love you more than life itself. My life will never be the same without you in it. Fly high my beautiful Angel.

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