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Debra Kay (Ridgeway) Molder


Funeral services for Debra Kay (Ridgeway) Molder, 62, of Noble were held Saturday, November 28, 2020 at the Wilson-Little Funeral Home Chapel. Interment was at Hillside Cemetery in Purcell under the direction of the Wilson-Little Funeral Home in Purcell.

Mrs. Molder passed away Monday, November 23, 2020 at Norman Regional Hospital.

Debra was born October 6, 1958 in Bakersfield, Calif., the middle child of Stanley Jack Ridgeway and Shirley Dean (Teeter) Ridgeway. The family settled in Purcell when Debra was yet a toddler, and she attended Purcell Schools, graduating with the Dragon Class of 1976.

Debra married young to Terry Cheatwood and to this union, son Terry Michael was born. Debra attended cosmetology school and worked as a stylist for many years. At one time, she owned and operated her own salon, Sheer Luck in Noble.

Debra married Geary Don Manuel and to this union, daughter Melissa and son Geary Jr. were born. She returned to school, and earned her LPN Certification, as she knew that being a nurse was her true calling.

Debra worked at the VA in Norman and the Southern Oklahoma Resource Center in Pauls Valley, and even a short stint at Joseph Harp Correctional facility. She spent her last years working in home health and at local nursing homes.

Debra married her soul mate, Ron Molder on April 24, 1992 in Purcell, and they made their home in Noble. Debra’s greatest joy in life was her family, as she helped raise her grandchildren. They were her life, and greatly enjoyed spoiling them. She was a wonderful wife and mother, grandmother and a true friend. She will be dearly missed!

She was preceded in death by: her parents, Stanley Jack and Shirley Ridgeway; Sister, Karen Skinner and brother, Jack Ridgeway Jr. 

Debra is survived by her husband, Ron Molder; children, Terry Michael Cheatwood of Norman, Melissa  Underwood and husband, Randy, of Newcastle and Geary Don Manuel Jr. of Noble; six grandchildren, Allen, Tyler, Austin, Eli, Kyleigh and Easton and a host of other family and friends.  

Online condolences may be made at wilsonlittle.com.