December 22, 1954 ~ September 22, 2020

Born in: Owensboro, KY
Resided in: Owensboro, KY

Debra “Birdie” Vowels, 65, of Owensboro, Kentucky passed away September 22, 2020 at Owensboro Health Regional Hospital. She was born in Owensboro on December 22, 1954 to the late Ernest Ray and Carol C. Feldpausch. Birdie was retired from Shady Rest BBQ where she was a longtime cook and a server, and considered the owners as her family. She enjoyed cooking, Bunco, camping, bowling, Rummikub and going out to dinner with friends. Birdie loved her family, especially her grandkids.

Along with her parents, Birdie is preceded in death by her husband of 33 years, Allen Wayne Vowels; and her daughter-in-law, Amy Vowels.

Birdie is survived by her children, Stephanie (Joe) Terry and Chad Vowels; her grandchildren, Austin Terry and Rachel Terry; her siblings, Joe Feldpausch, Steve Feldpausch, David Feldpausch, and Kathy Feldpausch Basham.

Services will be 10:00 am Saturday, September 26, 2020 at Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory with Pastor Tim hall officiating. Entombment will follow at Resurrection Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm Friday, and again from 9:00 am until the time of service Saturday at the funeral home.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to Hospice of Western Kentucky; 3419 Wathen’s Crossing; Owensboro, Kentucky 42301. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

All who wish to honor and remember Birdie in person at the visitation or service is required to wear a mask or face covering while inside the funeral home for the safety of all those in attendance.

Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory is both honored and privileged to be entrusted with the care of Ms. Vowels. Share your messages of condolence with the family of Debra “Birdie” Vowels and sign her virtual guestbook by going to


Visitation: September 25, 2020 4:00 pm - September 25, 2020 7:00 pm

Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory
519 Locust St.
Owensboro, KY 42301

Visitation: September 26, 2020 9:00 am - September 26, 2020 10:00 am

Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory
519 Locust St.
Owensboro, KY 42301

Service: September 26, 2020 10:00 am

Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory
519 Locust St.
Owensboro, KY 42301

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  1. Chad just know that I’m thinking about you and I’m so sorry for your losses this year.
    Love ya kiddo
    Cindy Whittaker

  2. I remember Birdie from Grade School all the way through High School…She was a very special person…..Thoughts and Prayers for the Family…She will be missed….

  3. I knew Birdie from Grade School through High School….She was a very sweet and Special Person….She will be missed….So sorry for your loss….Prayers…

  4. We are so sorry for the loss of Birdie. We had such good times playing cards with her at her home.

    Robert and Sharon Brooks

  5. I’m so sorry for your families loss. My mom( Betty Camp) and I played bunco and poker with Birdie. She was such a sweet and fun loving lady. She will be greatly missed. RIP Birdie🙏🙏

  6. Stephanie , I’m so sorry to hear about your mom I’ll be praying for you and Chad during this difficult time
    Donna Feldpausch

  7. I went to high school with Birdie and she was such a joyful person. I used to see her at Shady Rest quiet a bit and bowling of course. I know she will be sadly missed. She was always so proud of her family. My thought and prayers are with you as you go forward these next few months. May she Rest In Peace., Lulu Moseley

  8. I always forgot she was Joe’s sister! Quite the fun loving character who always had a smile! Loved her personality!!
    My prayers are with all the family!

  9. Our deepest condolences on the loss of Birdie.
    We have many of laughs and some really good times with Birdie, Opal, Carol, so many more of the family.

    Our memories of Birdie will always be cherished of the bingo nights/day and card parties with lots of great snacks. The times together will forever be in our hearts.

    Charlotte Rowland
    Traci Rowland McDaniel

  10. Chad, David and I are so sorry to hear of your precious mother’s sudden death! Please know we love you and have you in our thoughts and prayers! If you ever need to talk you are always welcome to call me! Love you, Chad!!

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