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Deborah Sue "Debbie" Goodwin Howell

Deborah Sue "Debbie" Goodwin Howell

Deborah Sue "Debbie" Goodwin Howell age 54, of Quincy died on Saturday, April 24, 2021 in Quincy. Debbie was born on June 21, 1966 in Quincy, a daughter of Clarence and Jean (Hoffman) Goodwin, Jr. Debbie married John Howell, and together they had two daughters.

Debbie was an LPN currently working at Blessing Hospital as a float nurse.

She was a 1984 graduate of Quincy Notre Dame High School and was a graduate of John Wood Community College.
A longtime member of St. Francis Solanus Church, Debbie's faith was central in her life. She was honored to have served as a Sacristan for 6:30 a.m. masses. Debbie was very close to her uncle, Fr. James Hoffman, O.F.M. A highlight in her ministry of serving others was the time she spent helping and supporting the Franciscan Outreach Program in Chicago, especially the soup kitchen.

Debbie loved her family and was devoted to them. Being together with them for the annual family trips to the Lake of the Ozarks and the yearly family picnics was always something she enjoyed and looked forward to.
Debbie had a wonderful sense of humor, and a kind spirit. When she had some free time she liked to play tennis.

Survivors include her two daughters, Amy Lynn Howell of Quincy and Jessica Erin Howell of the State of Washington; her grandchildren Elijah David Karch and Amelia Mary Mahon. Her parents, Clarence and Jean Goodwin; two brothers, Greg (Paula) Goodwin and Philip Goodwin all of Quincy; Her significant other and confidant Mike Walker, who is always there for her and who loved Debbie dearly. Aunts, June Winking of Quincy; Joann Elmore of Palmyra, MO and Teresa Nett of New London, MO; Uncles, Robert Hoffman of Bolingbrook, IL; Edward ((Diane) Hoffman of Evansville, IN; Daniel (Cindy) Hoffman of Quincy; Danny (Denise) Goodwin of Perry, MO; Billy (Judy) Goodwin of Seattle, WA. Nieces and nephews including Glenn McGee, III and Elizabeth McGee.

She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Milton and Eugenia Hoffman; paternal grandparents, Clarence Goodwin, Sr., Maudie Goodwin Boleach and Wilma June Goodwin. Her aunt and Godmother Joyce (Bill) Heinecke; Aunt Bonnie Flynn; Uncles Fr. Jim Hoffman, OFM and Richard Winking; her cousins Roger and Billy Heinecke and Tony Winking.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, April 30, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. in St. Francis Solanus Catholic Church. Interment will be in Greenmount Cemetery.

Visitation will be Thursday beginning after a 4:00 o'clock prayer service that will end at approximately 4:30, with visitation until 7:00 p.m. at St. Francis Church. Those attending services are kindly asked to wear a face mask and follow distancing guidelines. Memorials are suggested to the Food Pantry at St. Francis, the Franciscan Outreach Program or NET Ministries.

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From:
Bruce and Shirley Tode
Quincy, IL
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Condolences to all Debbie’s family. We loved our “crazy Debbie” as we called her, she roomed with our daughter in their younger days. Prayers to you all.
From:
Barbara Mitchell Hebert
Patterson, LA
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So sorry for your loss. Prayers for healing. Debbie was a beautiful person and a good friend. She will be missed.
From:
Karen Bernard
New Canton, IL
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I was a co-worker of Deb's when she worked on Pediatrics at Blessing. What a wonderful kind and caring nurse she was. May our Lord in heaven wrap his arms around Amy and Jessica at this time of sorrow.
From:
Leona Loos
Quincy, IL
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Prayers for your family Deb worked with me at Blessing and then was the nurse for my primary physician always loved talking to her about her family!
From:
Teresa Slee
Quincy, IL
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I am so sorry to hear this!! She used to babysit my kids, this breaks my heart. Debbie was always so sweet and I will miss seeing her smiling face at work! I also would see her jogging every morning on my way to work, before she went into work! This is just heartbreaking. Prayers to the family. She'll be missed.
From:
Joe and Chris Reichert
QUINCY, IL
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We were shocked and sadden by the loss of Debbie. She always had a smile for anyone she met and a heart of gold. Many prayers and hugs to herfamily.
From:
Janelle Fuller
Quincy, IL
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My prayers to all of the family especially Jessica and Amy. I’m so sorry for your loss. Sending prayers and hugs to you all.
From:
Rae McIntee
Quincy, IL
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Deb was the kindest, most giving soul around. She brightened everyone's day with a smile and embodied what a caring nurse should be. We will miss you.
From:
Laura Starman
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Deb was one of a kind.We met at suite 120 today and had a little prayer service for her and throughout the day people told stories wonderful stories about Deb and all she had done for them.I’m not talking about helping them room a patient or take a call we talked about personal things she had done or said to all of us to try and help us out with some personal issue or something that was weighing in our minds or in our hearts. Deb was not much for the spotlight yet today remembering things she had done or said made me appreciate the fact that she was always there for so many people. God worked through her to reach all of us when we needed someone.That is one thing I will always remember about her. We walked today at noon to honor her love of exercise. We however laughed at the idea of some of us running as she did all the time. Prayers and hugs to her kids and her family. Deb is running with the angels now and watching over us all.
From:
Rhonda Miller
Quincy, IL
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Deb was an awesome person. We attended church together a few years ago. She was my daughters nurse. My thoughts and prayers for her family.
From:
Lynn Johnson
Mount sterling, IL
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Deb was such a beautiful soul.Heavens gain our loss
From:
Jim and Roseann Terwelp
Quincy, IL
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We are so sorry for your loss,Debbie was a lovely person, Jeannie you and your husband must be so proud of her our prayers are with you and your family
From:
Deneal Flynn Sullivan
Oxford, FL
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I am so sorry to hear about Debbie. I have fond memories of her and her sweet smile. My thoughts and prayers are with you
From:
Kathy Mowen
Fowler, IL
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so sorry for your loss prayer to all her family.
From:
Carol Arnold
Quincy, IL
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So terribly sad that such a sweet caring woman has died. God has a new resident in heaven. Will keep all who loved her in my prayers. 🙏
From:
Scott S Stinnett
QUINCY, IL
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I am so terribly sorry to hear this. My thoughts and prayers are with Debbie and her loved ones at this time. My sincere condolences to her family for your loss.
From:
Staff of St Nicholas Parish
Gig Harbor, WA
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Our prayers go out for Deborah and her family during this tragic time. We love you Jess, and are so sorry for your loss.
From:
Pamela Wallace
Quincy, IL
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My heart is so broken for all of you! What a terrible shock and tragic loss!! Debbie was a wonderful person in every way. May our loving God hold you all in His gentle hands through this difficult time. Love and prayers for you all!
From:
Rose Stark
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Condolences and prayers to the family.
From:
Kathy Wiemelt
Quincy, IL
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Mom and I were saddened to hear about Debbie's passing. She was a wonderful nurse to mom at Dr K's office. Always kind and extended concern - not just for mom's health but also personally. She will be greatly missed - Prayers for her family and friends. Kathy Wiemelt & Dot Bowman.
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sara gordy
Quincy, IL
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Prayers to Deb's family. She was one amazing nurse and I loved her so much. I remember the day I came in and was having a bad day and she sat with me in the room and talked to me about my issues that I had going on and then the next day she sent me a book to read to help me get through everything that was happening to me. She told me to read the book and it will help you heal and just remember God will guide you.
From:
Steven Bennett
Quincy, IL
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Sorry for the loss of this young woman. I knew her as a child and worked with her at Blessing hospital. So sad and she'll be missed by several.
From:
Rebecca Wear
Quincy, IL
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Debbie, you loved the Lord and had such strong faith. I know you've been welcomed with open arms by him. I will miss you. Rest in peace.
From:
Tammy Sheehan
Mendon, IL
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My deepest condolences to family. Thoughts and prayers.
From:
Sandy McDonald
Quincy, IL
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Saddened to hear of Debbie’s passing. My condolences to the family. Heaven gained an angel.
From:
Beth Kenney
Canton, MO
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I had the pleasure of working with Debbie on the Pediatric unit at Blessing Hospital. She was always full of energy, never met a stranger, and a wonderful,caring nurse. My deepest sympathy and celebrating her beautiful llfe here on earth, even though she left us far too soon. Prayers of comfort and strength for her daughters and family.
From:
Ann Awerkamp Dickson
Quincy, IL
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I think of Debbie and recall her buzzing around on Pediatrics at Blessing Hospital in the mid-1980's, always kind and smiling...my heart goes out to her daughters...heaven did gain an angel. What an impression she has left on us all.
From:
Dale and Jenny Hilgenbrinck
Quincy, IL
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Greg, Paula and family. We are so sorry to hear of Debbie's passig.. Prayers to you and may she Rest in the Peace of our Lord...!
From:
Jerry & Denise Blackledge
Quincy, IL
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Prayers for all the family.
From:
Jan Crabill
Quincy, IL
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Deb was such a sweet person and always happy .I will miss seeing her around BPS. Heaven has gained an angel.
From:
Cindy
Quincy, IL
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Jessica, I am so very sorry for the pain in your heart. I will continue to pray for you and your family and for the repose of your mother’s soul. May Our Blessed Mother hold you tight and comfort you in your deep sorrow.
From:
Lori Terwelp
Quincy, IL
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A beautiful soul taken too soon. I am so grateful to have called her friend. Rest In Peace Deb, you will be missed. Prayers to her family.
From:
Shirley King
Mendon, IL
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So sorry to hear of Debbie's passing and will be missed greatly. I worked with Debbie at Blessing and also knew her from church .So friendly
and always enjoyed talking with her. Thoughts and prayers to her daughters and her family and friends. Heaven has gained a other Angel.
From:
JoAnn Witte
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I’ve known Debbie since high school. I remember as being a lot of fun. 23 years ago she took care of my son when he was 2 years old. She was one of his favorites & was so good helping him. My prayers go out to her family, friends & coworkers. Our hearts are saddened.
From:
Steve Schoch
Quincy, IL
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Debbie was a wonderful nurse that always made time for me no matter how busy she was. She was a very sweet lady and a professional who cared. Her passing is so unfortunate, but she is now in the care of her Savior. I pray God’s strength will give comfort to Debbie’s family.
From:
Andrew Barlow
Austin, TX
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Debbie was a classmate of mine at QND and a genuine ray of sunshine. Sending prayers for her family.
From:
Ed Hoffman
Evansville, IN
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My dear sweet God Child & niece, I miss you and treasure the shared memories we had. You were a bright light in an otherwise dark world. RIP
From:
Sue Woodworth
Mendon, IL
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I am so sorry to hear of your moms death.
From:
Kate Malcolm
Melbourne, FL
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John and family, I am so very sorry for your loss - I am sending prayers, hugs and love your way.
From:
Aneta (De Weese) Peters
Quincy, IL
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Greg And Paula, So sorry for your loss! Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family!
From:
Jill Mason Kelly
Quincy, IL
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So very sorry to hear of Debbie’s passing. I hired Debbie for her first job in Pediatrics at Blessing. We watched her grow from a scared new graduate to a seasoned nurse. She was such a caring and compassionate person. Her energy was contagious. I had not seen her in awhile but knew she was doing well. May you find comfort in knowing she is resting in our Father’s arms. Prayers for all of her family.
From:
St. Mary Hospital "Then and Now" Community
Quincy, IL
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Many former St. Mary Hospital staff got acquainted with Deb with the two hospitals became one. She will be sorely missed by her many friends and co-workers.
From:
Lauri Beding Eisenberg
Quincy, IL
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Greg, Paul and family- I am so sorry to read about Deb's passing. I will always remember Debbie from St. John's and from exercise classes at Sheridan a few years ago. She always had a smile while giving her classes a good workout! Thinking of you in the days ahead.
From:
Lindsey McIntosh
New London, MO
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Bud, Jeanie, Greg, and Phil,
I was so heartbroken to hear the news about Deb. Even though we are cousins, I didn't really get to know her really well, but I do know she had the sweetest and kindest soul of just about anyone I have ever known. She called me about this time last year and was asking about my mom, and she prayed with me, and told me that my mom would always be her aunt Vicki! I loved her bubbly attitude and her love for life and God, she was an amazing woman who touched many people's lives including mine! I love you all so very much and if you need anything please let me know.
With love,
Lindsey R Goodwin-McIntosh
From:
Todd Dietrich
Villa Ridge, MO
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Deb was a classmate at QND and Quincy College. She always made me laugh. Remembering fun times playing tennis. Thinking of her wonderful family in this difficult time.
From:
David, Kim, Ryan & Rachel Motley
BARRY, IL
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We are so sorry to hear of your families loss. Debbie was an understanding nurse and mother. Our kids played ball against one another over the years, so we just want to offer our thoughts & prayers to everyone during this sad and unfortunate time.
From:
Tammy Hudson
Westfield, IN
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Deb was an amazing nurse. She was a great mentor to me when I started my nursing career out on Pediatrics at Blessing 21 years ago. I also got to experience her kindness and skill when she was my daughters nurse. So sad for the loss of her love and light in this world. May God bless and keep her family and loved ones close during this time.
From:
Luan Clampitt
Golden, IL
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My deepest sympathy's to the family. Deb was a great nurse and awesome mentor and trainer. She will be missed.
From:
Leta
Quincy, IL
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So sorry to hear of Deb’s passing became acquainted with her when sh was a new graduate. She was always friendly and helpful. May God comfort her family. Prayers for you.