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Deborah M. Mitchem, 73, of Rock Falls, died peacefully on Wednesday evening, June 27, 2018 at CGH Medical Center surrounded by her children.

Deb was born on January 6, 1945 in Mercer County, West Virginia to Maynard and Rosa (Spencer) O'Dell. She married Jimmy Mitchem on April 26, 1963 in Virginia. He preceded her in death on January 13, 2007. Deb worked at Wahl Clipper for 13 years.

Those surviving include her daughter, Lori Pauley (Tom Martin) of Milan; 2 sons, Doug Mitchem (Angie DeAvila) of Rock Falls and Scott (Kelly) Mitchem of Sterling; a sister in law, Helen Mitchem of Rock Falls; 8 grandchildren, Matt Arduini (Mallory Bellows), Chad Mitchem (Bree Sharp), Nikki Mitchem (Neil Youman), Paige Mitchem (Cade Coursey), Logan Staples(Ruby Trujillo), Cameron Staples, Kaite Taylor and Abbey (Mike) Beasley; and 6 great grandchildren, Jocelyn Mitchem, Mya Bicket, Violet Bicket, Ethan Arduini, Jaxon Arduini and Gannon Bystry. Also surviving are many nieces and nephews including Tammy (Mark) Naftzgar and Jeannie (Brad) Griffin of Florida.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a sister in law Macie Dooley and a great grandchild, Adelyn Arduini.

Visitation will be from 9-10 AM, Saturday, June 30, at the McDonald Funeral Home in Rock Falls. The funeral will follow at 10 AM at the funeral home with Pastor Dalmus Meeks, officiating. Burial will be at Oak Knoll Memorial Park in Sterling. A memorial has been established in her memory. To send condolences visit