Visitation service for Deborah Stumpff Carey, 55, will be held March 1, 2019, 6-8 p.m., in Stumpff Funeral Chapel, Crane, Mo. Funeral services will be held March 2, 2019, 2 p.m., in Stumpff Funeral Chapel, Crane, Mo., with Jerry Jenkins officiating. Burial will follow in Galena Cemetery, Galena, Mo., under the direction of Stumpff Funeral Home, Crane, Mo.
She died Feb. 23, 2019.
Deborah was born on Oct. 16, 1963, in Springfield, Mo., daughter of Gary Max Stumpff and Jean Ann Nicholson Stumpff. She loved music, sang, played piano, alto and tenor saxophone. She graduated Valedictorian from Galena High School, in 1981. She attended Burge School of Nursing, following in her mother’s footsteps, and graduating in 1984 with an award in geriatric nursing. Following graduation, she moved to La. where she practiced med-surgical nursing and worked in the ICU as a charge nurse. She worked in many different areas of nursing while in Baton Rouge. She married in 1985 and moved to Shreveport, La. She became a single mom, in 1995, and was a leader in the Shreveport-Bossier City, La., singles group while living in the area.
She met Richy Carey, from Tipton, Okla., in Marshall, Texas, and they were united in marriage on July 31, 1998, at Southern Hills Church of Christ, in Shreveport, La.
In 2003, she had worked in essentially every area of nursing, namely, ICU, ER, hospice, psych, nursing education, and as a house supervisor. Then she decided to go back to school to get her Masters of Nursing. She attended Louisiana State University – Health Science Center, New Orleans, La. During the time that she was attending school, she was a camp nurse, for approximately 1,000 kids at Harding University - Uplift summer camp for multiple summers. She continued to volunteer with middle school camp for one week each summer for six years. Upon graduating from LSU-HSC, she become an Advanced Practice Family Nurse Practitioner. She worked and traveled in a variety of states including Conn., Wyo., Mont., Ark., La., and Okla., holding licenses in each of those states. She cared for peoples from all walks of life, as well as from over 100 countries, while giving holistic care as well as being missional with her work in healthcare. She was an avid reader, crazy about the St. Louis Cardinals baseball, and had a passion for photography.