Deborah (Debby) K. VanWey, 62, Willard, MO passed away on April 16. at her home after a courageous battle with cancer.
Deb is survived by her husband, Richard; her daughters and their husbands, Becky and Justin Jenkins, Heather and Matt Renk; her five grandchildren, Pam, Kyler, Kaleb, Emily, Jordyn and her great-grandsons, Jericho and Israel.  She is also survived by her brother, Jack and his wife, Nettie Bray; sister, Kathy and her husband, Gene Begnoche; and sister-in-law, Carol Madron, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.   She is preceded in death by her parents; brother, Don; sister, Mary Lou; and brother-in-law, Merlyn Madron. 

Deb was born February 26, 1954, in Scandia, KS to Richard and Dora Bray and grew up on a farm near Concordia.  She found her soul mate and partner for life when she married Richard VanWey on June 3, 1978.  Together they owned and operated many successful businesses, including Downs Auto Repair, Downs Car Wash, Solomon Valley Transmission, Solomon Valley Car Washes, Newton Transmission, and She and I Trucking. Together they also renovated and sold multiple houses in Colorado and Kansas.  Deb and Rich lived in many places: Downs, Beloit, McPherson, Newton and Willard, MO.  She enjoyed playing bingo, casinos, garage sales, photography and scrapbooking, and traveling. 

Deb’s biggest success in life was as a wife, mom, and especially as a well-loved grandmother.  Her grandchildren were the center of her life. She was always willing to be a playmate, listen to stories from school, and always had a special meal and the grandkids’ favorite snacks on hand when they visited.   She will always be affectionately known to her family as Nanny.   

Services will be held at Downs Christian Church at 10:00, Wednesday, April 20th with a luncheon for all guests, followed by burial at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Concordia, KS at 3:00 p.m.  There will be no visitation.  Memorials may be given to “The Debby VanWey Memorial Fund” in care of
Domoney Funeral Home, PO Box 127, Downs, KS 67437.

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