Debra Lynn Whitaker moved to God's heavenly care as the Harvest Moon rose, October 5, 2017 with her family at her bedside. She fought a two year battle with Lymphoma. Deb was born in Kalamazoo, MI on March 17, 1957 to Barbara & Gerald Whipple of Mattawan, MI, who survive. Surviving are husband Tom Whitaker of Granger, IN, daughter Kalyn (Chad) Smith of Greenwood, IN & son Jordan Whitaker of Mattawan, MI. Also brothers Scott (Deb) Whipple of Paw Paw, MI & Steve (Jen) Whipple of Pittsburg, CA. Her older brother Sid Whipple preceded her in death. Graduating Paw Paw High School in 1975 & Western Michigan University in 1979 with a BS in Biomedical Science & a Chemistry Minor. She completed a yearlong Med Tech Internship in Grand Rapids, MI. In 1984 Deb started work at Miles Laboratories as a Senior Associate QA Scientist. Her life was full of "pixie dust" moments and she loved to send that out to others. She was the constant and positive influence in her Family's' life and they, along with her many friends, could always rely on Debbie. She embodied that on the road of life, it's not the destination but who you travel with. Though you are not physically here any longer, we will take you with us as we move down this road. Visitation will be 4 7 PM at the McGann/Hay Granger Chapel on Thurs. 10/12. A Memorial will be held Fri 10/13 at 11 AM at Grace United Methodist Church in South Bend. Memorial donations may be made to Grace United Methodist Church & the Center for Hospice Care.