Deborah Geraldine “Debi” Syme, 54, of Wake Forest, passed away Wednesday, January 25, 2017, at UNC Rex Hospital. She was born on September 1, 1962, in Burns Lake, British Columbia (BC), Canada, to the late Jacob Bueckert and Agatha (nee Martens) Bueckert.
Debi grew up in Burns Lake, BC, where at age 4 she became best friends with Sharon (nee Gerow) Crawford and has remained in contact ever since. After graduating from high school in Burns Lake, Debi attended Peace River Bible Institute in Peace River, Alberta (AB), where she met two of her good friends, Melba and Marvin Fast. Later, she moved to Wetaskiwin, AB, where she worked as a florist and in retail, and became good friends with Heather Rix. Then, Debi moved to Edmonton where she made many good friends (sorry, too many to list), attended Fellowship Baptist Church, and eventually met her future husband, Dave. Debi enjoyed the many summers and times she spent with her nieces and nephews, building fond memories. In 1993, Debi married Dave and moved to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (SK), where they attended Ebenezer Baptist Church, were blessed with children Jennifer and Craig, and made more friends. The family moved to Raleigh, NC, area in 2013 as Dave was offered an new role in the company he worked for since 1993 and Debi embraced the opportunity to explore new areas and meet people.
Debi had a passion for helping and encouraging others. She was faithfully involved in Lifepointe Church and churches in Canada, where she was always willing to step in and help out with whatever the need may be. Debi was a loving wife, mother, sister, aunt and friend. Her presence and love will be greatly missed by everyone that knew her.
A celebration of Debi’s life will be held at 2 o’clock, Saturday afternoon, January 28, 2017 at Lifepointe Church, 9500 Durant Rd, Raleigh, NC 27614. Friends may visit with the family following the service. The family is also planning a celebration of Debi’s life that will be held at a later date in Canada.
Debi is survived by her husband of 23 years, David Syme; children, Jennifer Nicole Syme and Craig Geoffrey Syme; brother, John Bueckert & wife Lorraine of Langley, BC, Canada; sisters, Marie Tarry & husband Wes and Anne Berg & husband Larry, all of Wetaskiwin, AB, Canada; 14 nieces and nephews; and extended family. She was preceded in death by her brother, Hank Bueckert (survived by Janet Bueckert) and her sister, Kathy Tarry (survived by Melvin Tarry).
Memorial contributions can be made in honor of Debi's strong faith, love of family and compassion for others to support the ministry of her nephew Darryl Bueckert and his wife Jodi in making a lasting difference against world poverty. For more information, please go Help-Project.org. Please designate the donations to Help-Project: Darryl and Jodi Bueckert #510.
A service of Clancy Strickland Wheeler Funeral Home& Cremation Service, 1051 Durham Road, Wake Forest, NC 27587. (919) 556-7400
Saturday January 28th, 2017
9500 Durant Road
Raleigh, NC 27614
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Saturday January 28th, 2017
9500 Durant Road
Raleigh, NC 27614
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Very saddened to hear of Debi's passing. We were also a family from Silverspring School. I met Debi there where she was faithfully volunteering her time. Debi you are an amazing volunteer. You are now carrying on your duties as an angel in heaven. Love and prayers.
Dale Janice Meagan & Jenna Ernst
Submitted by Janice Ernst on Jan 28 2017 07:07:57 PM
Thinking of you Dave , Jennifer and Craig. I have such great memories of working with Deb in so many ways at Silverspring School. Deb was a very supportive parent when I taught Jennifer and Craig in Kindergarten and such a willing helper .
Love and prayers to you all .
Submitted by Jan Stirling on Jan 28 2017 02:15:37 PM
As a cousin, Rick had the joy of growing up in the Burns Lake community with you. Later we watched your romance bloom as you met Dave at our church. We sure had great times together through the years and as you had Jennifer and Craig we enjoyed the pride in your voice when you spoke of them.
Family was so important to you and we loved hearing about your extended family too.
Thank you for being a wonderful example of a willing volunteer for schools and many churches. You always had a beautiful smile to give along with your crafting and organization ability.
We loved your sense of humour and I (Sonya) will be sure to pass on that Spring Chicken to the next one that turns 50 in the family! I think cousin Juanita will get this joy!
Thank you for being so much more then a cousin to us both. We look forward to you giving us a tour in heaven one day! May each of us be inspired by your loving heart ❤ and care for others as you did. Thank you Debi!
Submitted by Rick and Sonya Martens on Jan 28 2017 01:23:30 AM
Rick and Sonya Martens lit a candle for Deborah Geraldine “Debi” Syme
Rick and Sonya Martens lit a candle on Jan 28 2017 01:09:35 AM
We were privileged to have known Debi and Dave since they moved to Saskatoon. Her heart for the children at Ebenezer was evident as she selflessly gave hours and hours over the years to help in numerous ways. Her love for and pride in her family was obvious. She just beamed whenever she spoke about what Jennifer or Craig were involved with at the time. We are truly saddened by her passing but comforted in knowing that her pain has ended and that her faith has brought her into the presence of her Saviour. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family, as they mourn the loss of a wonderful wife and mother.
Rudy & Vickie Fulawka
Submitted by Rudy & Vickie Fulawka on Jan 27 2017 09:12:44 PM
Dave we are so sorry for your loss! We're praying for the comfort of the Holy Spirit to surround you & your family!
Submitted by Rick & Bev Saruk on Jan 27 2017 06:32:08 PM
Mrs. Syme was one of the most servant-hearted people that I know. She cared for people like they were apart her own family. She loved everyone will everything she had and she always made THE BEST trailmix every summer. We love you and your family Mrs. Syme and you will be truly missed.
Submitted by Alex Read on Jan 27 2017 05:31:23 PM
Dear Dave. I was shocked when I received the news about Debi. The last time I saw her she was so full of life. I am glad we were able to share dinner at your house this year. It was obvious that Debi was very happy in your home and had embraced life in North Carolina.
It may sound like a cliché but you truly are in my thoughts and prayers.
Submitted by Barb Fowler on Jan 27 2017 02:40:04 PM
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