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Debra Lynn Swihart

January 6, 1953 - November 16, 2018


Debra Lynn (Skeistaitis) Swihart, of Tampa, FL, died unexpectedly on Friday, November 16th, 2018.She was born in El Paso, TX on January 6, 1953.  She was the daughter of Walter and Aldona (Yuodeska) Skeistaitis.Debra worked for many years in outbound sales and was a chef by trade.  She was a chef at the University of Illinois, a talented cake decorator and the owner/operator of several restaurants over the years. She was an active member of the Champaign Urbana Junior Woman’s Club, holding the title of President for many years.  Debra also had a love of the arts and directed a number of local plays.She especially loved the holidays and providing for underprivileged children through the Angel Tree adoptions.  Shoe boxes for the soldiers is also something she enjoying donating her time to.  Playing bridge and bingo were hobbies she enjoyed in her spare time. She leaves behind her 2 beloved daughters, Aldona Lisa Swihart and Amanda Lynn Swihart and her fiancé, Robert Thibault; a sister, Kathryn E. (Skeistaitis) Alexander and her husband, Robert E. Alexander; a brother, Walter J. Skeistaitis and his wife, Elizabeth Skeistaitis; a niece, Kerrie Maloney Laytin; 4 nephews, John Brian Maloney, Neal Maloney, Walter J. Skeistaitis, Jr, Christopher M. Skeistaitis; 3 grandchildren, Austin Lee Swihart, Makalya Leighann Santiago and Hunter Brennan Swihart; and one great-grandchild, Saphira Valerie Rodriguez. A private memorial celebration will be held in December to celebrate her life.


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