Deborah Fox

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Deborah Kay “Debbie” Fox, nee Veile, 67, of Smithton, IL, born September 1, 1951, in Belleville, IL, died Friday, November 23, 2018, at Barnes Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, MO.

Debbie was a 1969 graduate of BTHS West, a 1971 graduate of Jewish Hospital School of Nursing, and a nurse for 22 years. She worked as head nurse at Burbank Hospital in California. She studied creative non-fiction writing in California, and in her later years she became an author, publishing her memoir “Living in My Skin, Even if it’s Purple” in 2011. Debbie was a member of the St. Louis Guild Writers Association where she was recognized as a Member of Distinction. She was a regular contributing writer for Heartland Boating Magazine and an English tutor. She hosted a bible study group at her home and was a member of W.I.S.H (Women In Service for Him). Debbie was a member of the Kaskaskia Mariners and a swimming instructor for years, having taught hundreds of children to swim. She loved music and played the guitar.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Christie Michelle Fox; her father, Donald H. Veile; and her grandparents, George and Luetta Petri, and Elenore Veile.

Surviving are her mother, Ora Mae V.M. Veile, nee Petri;
a brother, Roger (Nancy) Veile;
a sister, Diane (Steve) Holste;
two nieces, Rachel Holste and Tiffany Slaughter;
and her canine companion, Kobe.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Make a Wish Foundation. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may visit with the family from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, November 28, 2018, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, with Rev. Earl Crecelius officiating.



2 Comments on Deborah Fox

Tamara Denise Gordon said : Guest Report Nov 28, 2018 at 4:47 AM


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Janet Miskimen Munz said : Guest Report Nov 25, 2018 at 1:54 PM

So sad to hear of Debbie's passing. We had so much fun in junior high and high school. Went to Girl Scout camp together and Marilynets. She will be missed.

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