Lexington Resident: Esther L. Debban, age 79 (1934-2013)

Esther L. Debban, 79, of Lexington, Nebraska, died Monday, February 25th, 2013, at the University Of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska.

She was born February 26th, 1934, in Amherst, Nebraska, to Rudolph and Elsie (Sohrweid) Abels.

Esther graduated from Amherst High School with the class of 1951, she then went on to further her education at Kearney State Teacher’s College and taught for one year in a rural school near Riverdale. She was united in marriage to Alan Debban on June 6th, 1954, in Kearney, Nebraska. The marriage was blessed with seven children.

She is a life-long member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Lexington.  She was confirmed June 15th, 1947 and baptized March 18th, 1934.

Esther loved watching all sports, especially football, was an avid Husker fan and loved watching her grandchildren’s sporting events.  Esther loved tending to her garden and flowers and an occasional visit to the Casino to share pennies.

Esther was a true rival when playing Scrabble, cards and her computer games with her children and others. She was fondly remembered with several nicknames including; Auntie Estie, Grandma Du, G.G., Doodle, Mamasita and of course, Mom.

She is survived by her children; Pamela Debban of Council Bluffs, Iowa; Robin (Donn) Debban of Elwood, Nebraska; Dianna (Tim) Wheeler of Smithfield, Nebraska; Jackie (Erik) Rowan of Lexington; Bryan (Renee) Debban of Claremore, Oklahoma; Angela (Mike) Long of Council Bluffs, Iowa; 13 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; brothers, Marvin (Betty) Abels of Amherst, Nebraska; Melvin (Del) Abels of Kearney, Nebraska; sister, Lola (Ray) Geiger of Papillion, Nebraska; nieces, nephews, extended family and many friends.

Esther was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Alan in 1977; daughter, Cheryl Lou and granddaughters, Sandra Dawn and Erika Joy.

Funeral Services will be held (today) Thursday, February 28th, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lexington with Pastor Rob Kuefner officiating.

Burial will be that same day at 2 p.m. at Kearney Cemetery in Kearney, Nebraska.
Visitation will be Wednesday, February 27th, 2013, from 5-8 p.m. at the Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington.

In lieu of flowers, gifts may be directed to the Erika Joy Rowan Foundation or the Donor’s Choice in her memory.

Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is honored to be in charge of arrangements.

Please share online condolences with the family through:


Featured Businesses