Margaret Frances DeBey, 91, died Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, at St. Catherine Hospital in Garden City.
She was born June 26, 1927, in Hoxie to Samuel Thomas, Sr. and Flossie (Maples) Thomas.
Margaret grew up and attended schools in Gaylord. After graduating from high school, she earned her normal training from Emporia State Teachers College. She then began her teaching career in a one-room school house in Corinth. She also taught in Gaylord and Downs.
On June 24, 1951, she married Carl E. DeBey in Gaylord. They lived in Wichita and Lyons before moving to Garden City in 1963.
She attended Garden City Community College and earned a bachelor’s degree in teaching from St. Mary of the Plains College. Margaret then taught for a few years in Deerfield, then for 18 years in Holcomb, retiring in 1995.
She was a member of the Church of the Brethren of Garden City, Friendship Sunday School Class, and the Rebekah Lodge. She enjoyed baking, watching ball games, and spending time with her family.
Survivors include a daughter, Gina Bennett of Garden City; two sons, Jeffery (Tamara) DeBey of Garnett, and Greg (Malinda) DeBey of Huntsville, Texas; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl, who died Jan. 21, 2004; her parents; three brothers, Alfred Thomas, John Thomas and Samuel Thomas; two sisters, Audrey Hull and Louise Wilcox; and a grandson, Devin DeBey.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at the Church of the Brethren in Garden City. Burial will follow at Valley View Cemetery in Garden City.
Visitation will be noon to 8 p.m. Friday at Garnand Funeral Home in Garden City.
The family suggests memorials be given to the Church of the Brethren, in care of Garnand Funeral Home, 412 N. Seventh St., Garden City, KS 67846. Condolences may be given at garnandfuneralhomes.com.