site image


Deborah "Debbie" Diane (Dunkeson) Cox

May 26, 1959 ~ May 27, 2018 (age 59)
Obituary Image

Deborah “Debbie” Diane Cox, 59, passed on May 27, 2018 at 11:50 PM at University Hospital in Columbia, Missouri.  Debbie was born May 26, 1959 in Bethany, Missouri; she was the daughter of Gwendolyn J. (Robertson) Turcott and Eldon L. Dunkeson.


Debbie was the owner & operator of Debi’s Baskets & More, a consignment store in Eldon, MO for the past 10 years.  Anyone who visited the store quickly became a friend as Debbie never knew a stranger.  Prior to her business, Debbie and O’Dell were foster parents for 21 years helping hundreds of children. Their marriage of 42 years has been an inspiration.


Debbie loved Christmas, and made sure it was special for everyone.  She also loved birthdays and insisted that we all had a birthday cake every year no matter what age.  She had a passion for life and a love of people like no one else.  She gave everything to others and glory to God for all her blessings, never asking for anything in return.  We know this is why God had to call his angel home.  We love you Mom. 


She is preceded in death by her parents.


She is survived by her husband, R. O’Dell Cox, children Kerry Cox, Jamie Cox, Donald Cox, Warren Cox, Cassie Wallis, Erica Adams, Michael Cox, Ule Cox, DJ Vieira, Matty Vieira, Charles Vieira, Jennifer Vieira, Amanda Sims, Justin Atwell, Kerry Trzecki, Tanya Bowen and countless others who have called her Mom.  38 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren; sister Patricia Cooper, brothers Richard Dunkeson, Carl “Tony” Dunkeson, Eldon Dunkeson, Jr., many nieces, nephews, cousins & friends.


Visitation will be Friday, June 1, 2018 from 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM at Phillips Funeral Home of Eldon, MO with the Funeral Service beginning at 2:00 PM with Rev. Buena Huffman officiating.  Interment will follow at Greenmore Memorial Gardens near Barnett, MO.  Memorials in her name are suggested In Care of the Family.


Arrangements are under the direction and care of Phillips Funeral Home of Eldon, MO.    



© 2019 Phillips Funeral Home. All Rights Reserved. Funeral Home website by CFS