Debra S. Thomas, age 53, of 26337 State Highway # 77, Saegertown, PA died in an automobile accident occurring in Blooming Valley on Wednesday afternoon, January 2, 2013. Her survivors include her husband – Randy L. Thomas whom she married on January 21, 1978.

Thomas, Debra S.Born on August 1, 1959 in Erie, PA, Debra was a daughter of the late Merle Burge and Florence Melvin Burge. She graduated from Maplewood High School in 1977 and completed the Crawford County VoTech food preparation program where she met her husband, Randy. She began working at Meadville Medical Center in a co-op program in 1976 and continued her career in food service there as the head cook, now serving in her 36th year. Debbie was a member of the Blooming Valley United Methodist Church and was currently a member of the Eagles Channel Dusters bowling league. She especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.

In addition to her husband – Randy, Debbie is survived by two daughters – Kelly Marie DeMarches and her husband, Travis of Meadville and Kathy Lynne Douglas and her husband, Justin of Meadville; two grandchildren – Gavin John Douglas and Megyn Elizabeth DeMarches, both of Meadville; a brother – Russell Burge and his wife, Judy of Cambridge Springs; several nieces and nephews; and her special friends at the dietary department at Meadville Medical Center. She was preceded in death, in addition to her parents, by a niece – Janet Shorts Parsley in 2012 and by a sister – Donna Shorts in 1995.

Friends may call at the Van Matre Family Funeral Home in Cambridge Springs on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 and are invited to attend funeral services there on Monday morning at 11:00 a.m. Reverend Beverly Spore, pastor of the Blooming Valley United Methodist Church, will officiate. Interment will be in Beaver Center Cemetery.