Thoe, Deborah K.
Deborah K. Thoe, 59, of Solon, formerly of Iowa City, died Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013, at Mercy Iowa City. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Iowa City, with burial to follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to a couple of Deborah’s favorite causes, Table to Table in Iowa City or Smile Train in Washington, D.C.
Online condolences may be sent for her family through the web at www.gayandciha.com.
Deborah Kay McKiness was born May 23, 1953, in Rochelle, Ill., the daughter of the Rev. John C. McKiness and Wilma L. (Sahs) McKiness. She attended schools in Hinckley, Ill., graduating in 1971 from high school. She went on to receive her nursing degree from Moline Public Hospital of Nursing in 1974. She had continued her education throughout her career advancing in the fields of coronary care nursing, surgical care nursing and operating room nursing. She started her career at Moline Public Hospital in 1974, a career that took her from Moline, to Hyden, Ky.; Rockford, Ill.; Hanover, N.H.; Iowa City, Fridley, Minn.; Robbinsdale, Minn.; and back to Iowa City where she has been on staff at Mercy since 1991. She loved nursing, only second to that of being Mom, she was there to support her children in all of their endeavors, no matter what it took!
Deborah was a member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, where she sang with the choir for years. She enjoyed reading, doing needlework, cooking and sharing her passions through the political processes that our country allows, she wasn’t always a quiet Lutheran!
Her family includes her children, Miriam Thoe of Solon and Nathaniel Thoe of Iowa City; brothers and their wives, John P. McKiness and Janice of Coralville and James D McKiness and Heather of Cedar County, Iowa; several nieces and nephews; and her Mia, her faithful four legged friend.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Wilma McKiness and the Rev. John C. McKiness; and Gina, one of her dearest pet friend that ever walked with her on this earth.
Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service is caring for Deborah’s family and her services.
Published in The Gazette Jan. 23, 2013.