Deborah Fall Myers, age 63 of Oak Ridge, passed away Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at her home, after a short fight with cancer.

She was born September 23, 1953, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Jack Lee and Carole Jo Crites Byrd.  She and David L. Myers were married July 3, 1970 in the former Oak Ridge Methodist Church.

Deborah was a 1972 graduate of Oak Ridge High School and received a bachelor’s degree from SEMO. She was a music educator since 1983 and taught 23 years at Meadow Heights High School in Patton, Missouri, retiring as Music Director in May of 2016. She was a faithful member of New Salem Methodist Church near Daisy, Missouri since 1994.

Loving survivors include her husband of 46 years, David of Oak Ridge; two daughters, Jennifer (John) Dennis of Cape Girardeau and Summer (Scott) Aufdenberg of Jackson; her parents, Jack and Carole Byrd of Oak Ridge; three sisters, Carole (Brad) Sherman of Williamsburg, Iowa, Lucy (Randy) Meyer of Biehle, Missouri, and Lisa (Brent) Crites of Jackson; five grandchildren, Samuel and Colton Unnerstall, Allie Aufdenberg, Isabella and Hudson Dennis; and several nieces and nephews.

The visitation will be from 2:30-7:30 p.m. on Friday, November 4, 2016 in chapel A of McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson.

The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, November 5, 2016 at the funeral home with Rev. Steven Koerner officiating.

Interment will be in New Salem Cemetery near Daisy.

The family would like to extend their greatest thanks to Saint Francis Hospice for the loving care and compassion during Deborah’s battle with cancer.  Contributions are suggested to Meadow Heights Music Program, RR-5 Box 2265, Patton, MO 63662.

To watch Deborah’s personal video, click here:

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  1. Anita Hovis

    I’m so sorry. Mrs. Myers taught me how to play a trombone like a boss. Always loved band and she picked such awesome cool songs for us to play.

    Anita Mills Hovis
    Marquand-Zion R-6
    Class of 1991

  2. Deborah Kassel

    To Davy and all of Deb’s family: My family and I want to express our deepest sympathies to all of you on your loss. Deb was a special person and will be missed. Please know that we will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. Deborah Buchheit Kassel, Linus and Bernetta Buchheit, and all the family.

  3. So sad to hear of Debbie’s passing–this world has lost a wonderful woman–she was a great friend and teacher. My children all loved her as their music and band teacher. She is irreplaceable. With loving thoughts and prayers for her family, Jo Ewens Priest

  4. Kevin Buchheit

    Please accept my condolences and know that you are in my prayers.
    Kevin Buchheit

  5. Betty Sue Kinder Radclff

    To the Myers and Byrd families: Debbie was a talented and lovely girl as I remember her from Oak Ridge High School. Being a good friend with Carole, I remember her very vibrant sister. I send all my deepest sympathy.

  6. Chris D. Smith

    Mrs. Myers taught me how to play saxophone and encouraged my love of music. The family on my mom’s side is very talented. My great-uncles had a small band, my uncle has his own band. Mostly just guitar players – like my brother, Shawn. I never thought I was any good, though my playing tests said otherwise. I learned how to read and write music as she conducted our band. From 6th Grade to 12th Grade, my life and many others’ during and before me, was impacted so much. I’ll never forget how much she cared – she would yell and stomp and throw her baton and catch you straight in the eye; she would pull you aside and she would calmly talk to you. She was like a mother. She was like a friend. She was a teacher, a darn good teacher. A darn good person who I was so privileged to be to have as my instructor for band and music. Will always miss her. She said us students were always special to her. I believe that.

    Meadow Heights R-2
    Class of 2016
    Chris D. Smith

  7. Brett and Cherie Stembel

    Summer, we were so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. I didn’t know your mom but she had to be a special lady to have raised such a wonderful daughter. She will be missed. You and your family are in our prayers during this difficult.

  8. Sonny

    We are very sorry for your loss and our prayers or with you.

    Sonny and Barb Minor

  9. Todd Ward

    Dear Myers Family,
    Our heartfelt prayers go out to Your Entire Family!
    God Bless!
    Todd, Donna & Lily Ward

  10. Karen M Blattner

    Davy and family – My deepest sympathies to your family – Debbie was a beautiful lady inside and out – I remember riding the bus with her in high school and her favorite subject was Davy – she always loved you so much – I did see her briefly while in the hospital and am unable to come to the visitation but wanted to convey my condolences – So sorry for your loss and she will be greatly missed. Karen Moore Blattner

  11. Mary & J.C. McNelly

    Davey & Family, you have our deepest sympathies, you know how much we loved her, so sorry we can’t make it to the visitation, Mary is sick, Davey, we will be talking to you later.
    Love Mary & J.C.

  12. Bonnie Bollinger

    Davy and family, I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. I pray for God’s comfort and peace. Bonnie Davis Bollinger

  13. Jean Daume Puchbauer

    Debbie was always smiling & energetic. Always good & kind to everyone. I was also fortunate enough to know her parents & grandparents as well. Tons of good memories. My condolences to the Byrd & Myers families. I know this is a terrible loss. I also know how much you will support each other. My sympathies especially to Carole, my long-time childhood friend.

  14. Donna Gremaud

    Uncle Davey and Family,
    We realize there is nothing we can say to take away your pain. Just know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers. The Tribute Video is beautiful! Praying that your special memories of Debbie give you strength during this very difficult time. We are so sorry for your loss!
    Love to all,
    Kerry, Donna, and Family (Gremaud)

  15. Bruce & Deb Schnurbusch

    Davy and Family,

    You are all in our thoughts and prayers. May God hold you in his loving arms.

    Bruce & Debbie Schnurbusch

  16. Betty Heisserer

    Davy and family
    We just heard about your loss and want to let you know how sorry we are. We are thinking of you and your family and keeping you in our prayers.
    Bill & Betty Heisserer

  17. Karen Shelby

    Davy and family,
    Mitch and I are so sorry to hear of Debbie’s passing. We are thinking and praying for you.
    Mitch and Karen Shelby

  18. Meredith Reyna

    Lisa, I’m so sorry for the loss of your sister. Sending prayers and love.

  19. Larry and Donna Zoellner


    We are so sorry to hear of your loss. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

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