Debra Lynn Spires Ivey Campbell
August 5, 1956 - November 11, 2018
Debra Lynn Spires Ivey Campbell, age 62, passed from this life to her eternal home on Sunday, November 11, 2018 with her family by her side at her home in Augusta, Georgia. Left to honor “Debbie” is her devoted husband of 26 years, Richard “Rick” Campbell and her beloved children: Gina Ivey Vinson, Kenny Ivey (Jennifer), Jennifer Campbell Davis (Matt), and Ricky Campbell (Becca). Her greatest treasures were her grandchildren: Cheyenne Parker, David Luke & Cabe Vinson, Kendyl Ivey, Dalton Goff, Baylee Gough, Joshua, Jamilynn & Banks Mock, Zane Campbell, Abbi McGowan, Ashton Owens, and Joseph Branton. She cherished her loving sister Mary Spires Hardy and sister-in-law Darlene Spires, brother-in-law Gene Herron, brother and sister-in-law Johnny & Earlene Campbell, brother-in-law Randy Campbell, sister-in-law Charlene Briele, brother-in-law Fred Campbell, Jr., son-in-law Larry Vinson, son-in-law Josh Mock (Elizabeth), and daughter-in-law Angela Parker. Her many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends were near and dear to heart, all special in their own way. Her Ivey family: Sue, Freda, Bobbie Jo (deceased) and all her nieces and nephews were never far from her mind and always in her prayers.
Debbie is now reunited with her parents Curtis Heyward & Lucille Norton Spires, her sister Bernice Spires Herron, brother Arthur Spires, brother-in-law and best friend William Hardy and nephew Chris Hardy. The Spires clan is surely rejoicing alongside with her as she basks in the glory and presence of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Debbie was born August 5, 1956 in Aiken, South Carolina, the youngest of four. She had deep roots in both the Aiken and Augusta area, a real Georgia-lina girl! Growing up her heart’s desire was to be a wife and mother. She excelled at both. As a substitute teacher for Columbia County Schools she realized her greater calling. Although she did not pursue furthering her education and a traditional career in teaching she was indeed a teacher! With the support of her husband Rick she not only provided loving care but homeschooled three of her grandchildren for more than 10 years. She had an unmatched passion and dedication that gave each of them a solid foundation in God’s Word as well as prepared them for entering public school. she always said that it was God himself who taught them and never considered herself a highly skilled teacher, only divinely appointed for the greater good of her grandchildren and to bring glory to God. Certainly, she has heard the words “Well done my good and faithful servant”.
Debbie’s greatest hobby and pastime was Quilting. She began making baby quilts more than 17 years ago. If you knew Debbie and were expecting a new baby in your family she was sure to bless you with a special one-of-a-kind baby quilt and sometimes two! An exact count would be impossible but it’s fair to say she made several hundred baby quilts, each one personally designed. She had an entire room dedicated to sewing. In addition to baby quilts she made holiday quilts, nap quilts, placemats and even doggie diapers. As part of her homeschool curriculum she taught her grandchildren to sew and make quilts as well. A skill they likely would have not learned elsewhere. Some years ago, her good friend (and co-grandmother to Cheyenne), Mary Bordeaux, invited her to “Block of the Month” at Augusta Sewing Center. Her skills and passion for quilting grew exponentially. As did her sewing room, collection of sewing machines, and fabric. Oh, The Fabric!! Fabric in every color and print, all folded perfectly, and color coordinated. She loved and enjoyed spending time with the ladies at Augusta Sewing Center. She was often known to take Glorianne Andersen’s “scraps” and piece them together to make something new. Many have enjoyed these “scrap” quilts. She joined the Garden City Chapter of Quilts of Valor Foundation alongside her grandson, Luke Vinson. Together they made quilts to honor special veterans in their life, her brother-in-law Gene Herron and Luke’s band teacher David Silver. She was overjoyed, elated and proud. This would be her final project and quilt.
The family wishes to express deep gratitude to the following: Dr. Sherry Barinowski and Family Physicians of Evans, Dr. Dean Koukos and Barnwell Family Medical Center, Trinity Hospice, Special Care Medical, Christ Community Healthcare, Billy Timber, Capt. Brett Carani, Augusta Sewing Center, Garden City Quilts of Valor, Lakeside Middle School, and Arlington Burial and Cremation.
Visitation will be held at Arlington Burial and Cremation at 1220 George C. Wilson Dr., Augusta, Georgia on Friday, November 16, 2018 from 6pm to 8pm. A graveside memorial service will be held at Vaucluse City Cemetery, Vaucluse, South Carolina on Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 2pm.
In lieu of flowers the family request contributions be made to Quilts of Valor Foundation, P.O. Box 191, Winterset, IA 50273.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.arlingtonfuneral.com. Arlington Burial & Cremation, 1220 George C. Wilson Drive, Suite C, Augusta, GA 30909. (762) 994-0311
I met Debbie in our early teens at a big ole house that had so many nice people in it, you couldn't be shy with them. Mary and Debbie were cousins to my in-law-cousin, Susan and we worked at the Krystal on Walton Way and we all had the best times. But, I will never forget Debbie's amazing SMILE!! Her Mom and Dad treated us all as if we were their kids as well. Debbie posted some of her pictures on Facebook and it brought back that time so vividly. I love you Debbie and will always hold you in my heart, God truly called an Angel home!! RIP my old friend !Polly Jo Watts - November 19 at 1:07 AM
My deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Debbie, she will be surely missed. I have to share my fondest memory of Debbie. Hey sister Mary, Debbie and I were walking one day and praying over everyone we knew and didn't know . In the neighborhood, talking about anything and everything and we got on the subject of grandbabies, well here came the tears, I wanted grands so bad and Mary and Debbie already had a blue million...... So in the middle of the street Debbie stopped and said come here girl. She grabbed Mary's hand and mine and it was on..... She started praying out loud for God to bless me with grands as fill that void I felt in my life. Well 9 months later guess what ? I was hooked on Jesus Anna's his angels Mary and Debbie !!! I know our heavenly father is so pleased to have Debbie !!! What a faithful servant she was !! Forever she has my love, till we meet again.... I was one of the recipients of a precious quilt for my grandbaby !! What a treasure !!Elaine. Washington - November 17 at 10:36 AM
My deepest sympathy to Rick , Gina , Kenny , Cheyenne , David Luke and the rest of Debbie's grandchildren and family !! I loved and still do , like my sister ~~ We go back to just before her and my brother , Kenneth , were married .. We loved playing cards so much that Kenneth bought and pulled it on their property in the middle of their home and mine behind them.. lol , and that was known as Debbie and Sue's Card playing house ,No one allowed w/o permission , lol ~~ There was so many good times back then and Yes she loved and ate her cakes , cupcakes and chocolate just like she did as she got older . Debbie is a good , kindhearted , giving , honest , understanding , loving woman ...I hold the utmost respect for her and love her like a sister ~~ I love you Debbie and will miss you and our chats but I will always hold you in my heart and you will never be forgotten !! Fly High my Angel sister !! Love you always , Sue xoxoxoSue Jones - November 16 at 3:57 AM
As a young expecting mother Debbie took me into her life and family. I am truely blessed to be the one that made her a grandma. Cheyenne was her world. I would make jokes with Cheyenne, that when she was old enough to drive, she'd probably go visit grandma every day. And indeed she tried. When Cheyenne was young she absolutely hated having her pictures taken. She would cry, kick, and scream. Until grandma decided she would just get in the picture with Cheyenne. From then on, until Cheyenne was probably 8 years old, they had a date on Cheyennes birthday with the photographer. I'm honored to call Debbie my mother-in-law. I will miss her until the day we meet again. I will admit though, when Cheyenne told me Debbies prognosis, in my heart I was excited for her. She missed her dad, brother, sister, and most of all Lucy Granny. I am positive she is now reunited with all her loved ones. I just selfishly wish it hadn't have been so darn soon. O love you Debbie.Angela - November 15 at 1:50 AM
I loved her so much. I'll forever miss those great hugs kisses and smiles. She blessed my whole family with her quilts of love! She'll be forever missed by us. We were separated for awhile but she found me ! Married to a school friend of mine. He'd say that's my pat n she'd say no that's my Gail. Glad she's not suffering anymore. She's getting that great massage she loved to get and eating her cake. Praise God she's dancing with all her loved ones that she so much. God just received an amazing angel. I love you my Debbie!Gail - November 14 at 7:48 PM