Debra “Deb” Marie Marlow was born on September 15, 1961 in Sumner, Iowa, the daughter of Kenneth and Dorothy (Pint) Richards. She grew up in the Fairbank area and graduated from Wapsie Valley High School in 1979. Deb continued her education by going to Young’s Cosmetology College in Waterloo. After graduating she worked for the Hair Port in Fairbank and later for Family Hair Affair. Her last job was with Oelwein High School. On September 11, 1982 she was united in marriage to Jerry “Jay” Marlow at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Fairbank.
Deb enjoyed cooking, sewing, crafts and being active in her church, but her greatest enjoyment came from her family. She never missed one of the children’s school events and was always there to help fix the girls hair. She also was there to help anyone who was in need of her help. Deb was a person who loved her family and helping others. Her passing will leave a big void in many lives and she will be dearly missed, but never forgotten.
She is survived by her husband, Jerry, her children, Kim Marlow of West Des Moines, Brad Marlow of Waterloo, and Krista Marlow of Cedar Falls, three sisters, Mary (Ron) Seeley of Roscoe, Illinois, Pam (Sammy) Balakrishnan of Elgin, Illinois and Julie (Dave) Happel of Fairbank, three brothers, Robert (Nancy) Richards, Ron (Kelly) Richards and Dennis (Jenny) Richards all of Fairbank, her mother, Dorothy Richards of Fairbank, two sisters-in-law, Jean Richards of Fairbank and Barb Melhus of Knoxville, Tennessee,four brothers-in-law, Cliff (Connie) Marlow and Ron (Becky) Marlow all of Pella, Gary (Jill) Marlow of Vinton, and Steve (Amy) Marlow of Independence. She was preceded in death by her father, Kenneth Richards, a brother Jim Richards, a brother-in-law, Rick Melhus and parents-in-law, Lester and Effie Marlow.
VISITATION: From 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, July 23, 2010 at Geilenfeld Funeral Home in Oelwein with a Parish Rosary at 4:00 pm and a scripture service at 7:00 pm.
SERVICES: 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 24, 2010 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Oelwein with Father Harry Koelker officiating. Burial will be at Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Fairbank.
A memorial fund has been established in Deb’s name by the family.