Debbie Pluim, 61

Published 10:38 am Friday, April 24, 2015

After a courageous battle with cancer, Debbie Pluim, 61, went to be with her savior on Tuesday, April 21, 2015, at her home in St. Charles, Minnesota, surrounded by loving friends and family.



Debra Jane Beyer was born on April 25, 1953, in Wells, Minnesota, to Elden and Juanita Beyer. She grew up on a dairy farm near Bricelyn, Minnesota, and attended Bricelyn High School. Though she earned her RN degree from Winona State University, Debbie was a teacher at heart. After staying home with her four children, she began work as a paraprofessional at Lewiston Elementary and finished her career in the Winona school district. The lives of the students and staff she worked with were enriched by her love and dedication.

Debbie was known for her quiet smile, gentle but determined spirit, unwavering faith and selfless love for her family and friends. She enjoyed taking walks, baking, singing on the Heartland Community Church worship team, and she had a gift for hospitality. One of her favorite hobbies was quilting with her wonderful friends.

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She was preceded in death by her father Elden Beyer; father-in-law Art Pluim, mother-in-law Leona Pluim; aunts and uncles.

She is survived by her devoted husband, Mark; four children: Holli (Adam) Springer, Kristy (Tim) Shultis, Brady (Jess) Pluim and Tracy (Anna) Pluim. She was the best grandma to: Noah, Grayson, Abbie, Thatcher, Kenzie, Micah, Delaney, Conlin, Lydia, Everley and two more on the way. The grandkids will especially miss reading stories with her and singing along to grandma’s favorite song, “You Are My Sunshine.” She is also survived by her mother Juanita Beyer; siblings: Jim (Sue) Beyer, Marilyn (Stan) Sabin, and Craig (Mary) Beyer; as well as many nephews and nieces.

The funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 25, at St. Charles Bible Church in St. Charles with Pastor Roger Lokker officiating. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at St. Charles Bible Church.

Debbie was a gift to all who knew her and leaves behind a legacy of love and faithfulness. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to The Voice of the Martyrs or Heartland Community Church in St. Charles.