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Deborah “Debbie” Martin 

Sep. 23, 1956 – March 14, 2022

Deborah “Debbie” Martin, 65, of Indianapolis, passed away March 14, 2022. 

She was born in Indianapolis on Sep. 23, 1956, daughter of the late Andrew and Betty (Rush) McElyea.

Ms. Martin was a 1974 graduate of Decatur Central High School. She worked at Republic Airways and ATA as a scheduler for several years. Most recently, she worked for Koorsen Fire and Safety, also in scheduling.

Ms. Martin was privileged to have a loving family during her childhood. She continued to have a close relationship with her parents until the end of their lives. She lovingly cared for her them until the end. 

Her family was her priority. Mrs. Martin was a proud grandmother and loved to talk about her grandchildren whenever possible. She enjoyed traveling during her career with ATA Airlines. She acquired many friends along the way during her career.

Her laugh was contagious. The jokes she told would make everyone laugh. She was an avid reader. Just a few or her favorites were biographies, novels, history or whatever was available to read.

Survivors include her daughter, Dana (Martin) Sailes (Andre Paris); grandchildren Mikayla Sailes and Camden Sailes; brothers Allan McElyea and Rodney McElyea; nephew, Cody McElyea; and niece, Danielle McElyea.

Friends and family are scheduled to gather Fri., March 18, 2022 at 1 p.m. at Crossroads Church in Westfield 19201 Grassy Branch Road, where the Funeral Service is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. with Pastor Shawn Eldridge officiating.

Bussell Family Funerals is privileged to assist the family in arrangements.