Born on July 15, 1950, in Sedalia, Missouri, Debra grew up in a loving family and around her middle school years she and her family moved to Independence. She attended and earned her high school diploma from Truman High School and later attended college at Maple Woods, where she continued to pursue her passion for learning. Debra married Ronald Blount on December 20, 1969, in Bethel Baptist Church where she was a member of, then moved to the Gladstone area to raise her family. Debra was often known and referred to as Momma D, and everyone’s second mother.
Early on in their marriage she and Ronnie bought a little red schoolhouse in the middle of nowhere where they would host fun gatherings for family and friends to attend.
Debra's career path led her to the field of IT, where she worked as a programmer for the airlines. She excelled in her profession and demonstrated exceptional dedication and skill. Her contributions were invaluable to the organizations she served. After retirement, She and Ronnie were able to move to their dream house in with acreage in Dearborn, riding their Kawasaki mule around their field, watching the storms roll in and Bird and wildlife watching.
Beyond her professional achievements, Debra's life was filled with joyous moments surrounded by those she loved. She had a remarkable talent for personalizing birthday cards for her family members, enhancing their special days with heartfelt messages and beautiful designs. Debra enjoyed RV camping, traveling for work and vacations with Ronnie, going to the boats to play the slots and horse races. She had a love for reading in her past time.
Debra's resilience was truly remarkable as she faced numerous health scares throughout her life. Despite these challenges, she remained strong and determined, refusing to let them define her spirit. Her unwavering resolve inspired those around her and served as a testament to her inner strength.
In addition to her impressive professional accomplishments and dedication to family life, Debra possessed an infectious personality that endeared her to all who had the privilege of knowing her. Her capacity to love unconditionally was unparalleled. As a grandmother, she adored spending time with Finnley and Zach Sapp—her beautiful grandchildren—who brought immense joy to her life.
Outside of work and family commitments, Debra found great pleasure in pursuing hobbies that brought her delight. She relished the excitement of watching and attending Chiefs and Royals games, cheering on her favorite teams. Another favorite pastime involved spending time outdoors, where she took great pleasure in planting flowers, picking strawberries, and indulging in the thrill of metal detecting. Debra's love for music was evident through her attendance at classic rock and country concerts, where she experienced the magic of live performances.
The legacy of Debra Blount will live on through the cherished memories she leaves behind. She will be deeply missed. Debra is preceded in death by her loving husband Ronald Blount, her parents Billy and Carol (Rogers) Smith, her brother William Smith, and her son-in-law Kevin Seckel. She is survived by her daughters Becky Sapp (Dustin) and Kelly Seckel (Scott Shanks), who will forever hold her memory in their hearts, her amazing grandson, Finnley and Zach Sapp. Her dear sister Terri Meadows also mourns the loss of her beloved sister. Also surviving are her nieces, nephews and great nieces and great nephews. Additionally, Debra leaves behind two dear fur babies named Ellie Mae and Toby.