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Deborah  Ann "Deb" Calkins

Deborah Ann "Deb" Calkins
  • August 23, 1951 - September 13, 2019
  • Battle Creek, Michigan
  • Meals on Wheels- Community Action Agency
    175 Main Street of P.O. Box 175
    Battle Creek, MI 49017

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Shark's Pier in Venice Florida. Deborah visiting Kathleen Dodge Buhler (Kathy Baad)
1 of 20 | Posted by: Kathleen Dodge Buhler

Battle Creek Central Chorus line when Deb and friend Kathleen were in High School together'
2 of 20 | Posted by: Kathleen Dodge Buhler

Deb and Kathleen this winter in Venice when Deb was visiting Florida
3 of 20 | Posted by: Kathleen Dodge Buhler

Deborah Calkins/Friend Kathleen Dodge Buhler(Kathy Baad) Battle Creek Central Chorusline
4 of 20 | Posted by: Kathleen Dodge Buhler

“Deb brougth great knowledge to the UW Personnel team. She also brought warmth and cheerful optimism. She will be missed.Ali RobertsonUW Personnel...Read More »
5 of 20 | Posted by: A friend

“I always appreciated Deb's positive and cheerful approach, and underneath that she brought knowledge. She will be missed.Ali Robertsonco-member UW...Read More »
6 of 20 | Posted by: A friend

“Deb was an extremely valued member of the United Way Human Resources committee of our Board for the last several years. She brought a helpful...Read More »
7 of 20 | Posted by: Chris Sargent - Battle Creek, MI

“I will miss seeing your beautiful smile. RIP lovely lady. ”
8 of 20 | Posted by: Karin Yeric-Reed - Battle Creek, MI

“We will miss Deb on the BCCHS Alumni Association committee. She and Sally always came to the meetings with great ideas and willing to help. Last...Read More »
9 of 20 | Posted by: Cheryl Roberts - Battle Creek, MI

“Dear Deb, the true definition of friend. Thoughts of times together, Post cereal days and softball and tennis pals are with me, now. Rest In Peace....Read More »
10 of 20 | Posted by: Jeanie Hall - Friend

“With deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolences. May God's love, peace and blessings comfort you during time of loss and always ! ”
11 of 20 | Posted by: Mr & Mrs. O.D. Collins - MI

“One of my fondest memories of Deb was when we worked on the Cereal Festival/World's Longest Breakfast Table during the late 80's and 90's. She was...Read More »
12 of 20 | Posted by: Teresa Durham - Battle Creek, MI

“Deb was my contact at Post when I worked at the Battle Creek Area Chamber of Commerce. She was the BEST!! She was always so friendly, helpful &...Read More »
13 of 20 | Posted by: Jean Harvey-Clark - Battle Creek, MI

“Whenever I would visit my sister Sherry in Battle Creek I would look forward to visiting with Deb and of course enjoying her delicious baked goods...Read More »
14 of 20 | Posted by: SUEZETT SCHULHA - AZ

“I hadn't had occasion to see you Deb since high school, when we were in Band Follies chorus line until our 50th class reunion this August 2nd. It...Read More »
15 of 20 | Posted by: Susan Healy - Battle Creek, MI

“It breaks my heart that Deb is gone. I loved her a bunch and will miss her for the rest of my life. Deb was my friend, my co-worker, a running...Read More »
16 of 20 | Posted by: Ben LaBelle - WILLIAMSBURG, MI

“I will miss you my friend. We have several memories to cherish (Especially our Grand Canyon trip). You were a great contributor to the success of...Read More »
17 of 20 | Posted by: A friend

“I will miss you so much DEB. YOU WERE LIKE PART of MY Family, I am so happy you visited me here in Fl. a few weeks ago, Prayers sweet Deb ,love you ”
18 of 20 | Posted by: Dottie Keagle - Lakeland ., FL

“So sorry to hear of Deb's passing. What a kind, compassionate, caring person she was. It was my pleasure to have worked with Deb for many years at...Read More »
19 of 20 | Posted by: Leitha Hardenburg - East leroy, MI

“So very sorry to hear of Debbie's passing. She was a wonderful neighbor and she will be dearly missed. ”
20 of 20 | Posted by: Mary Mitchell - Battle Creek, MI


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Deborah Ann "Deb" Calkins of Battle Creek, MI

Deb passed away peacefully on September 13, 2019, surrounded by friends and family following a brief illness. Deb was born August 23, 1951, to Maurice (Bill) and Verbena Calkins, both of whom preceded her in death. Deb is survived by her sister Pamela Calkins, nephew Shane Thompson, and countless loving friends. Deb graduated from Battle Creek Central High School in 1969 and Michigan State University in 1974, with a degree in journalism. Subsequently, Deb earned a masters' degree in Human Resources Management. Deb worked at Post Cereal Company in Battle Creek for many years. She then relocated to Virginia where she worked at Philip Morris until her retirement in 2006, when she returned to Battle Creek.

Deb was a remarkable, generous woman, cherished by all who met her. She was an active volunteer in her community, including Meals on Wheels, the Battle Creek Central Alumni Association, the reading program at Second Baptist Church, the Post Community Garden, the Post Pride Committee, the Shari Rarick School of Dance, the Battle Creek Breakfast Table, the Post-Franklin Elementary School, and the Miss Battle Creek Scholarship Pageant. She had a keen interest in encouraging children to succeed, prompting her to participate in various activities with the Post Foundation, including organizing their annual auction, filling back to school backpacks for thousands of children over the years, and distributing goodie bags and books to area elementary school students.

Deb was also an excellent tap dancer and was an active participant in the chorus and tap lines of the Leila Follies and the Battle Creek Central Band and Alumni Follies. Other hobbies included listening to music, especially live jazz at Clara's on the River and the Post Band, baking and sharing her delicious goodies with friends, playing tennis at the Minges Creek Athletic Club, running (qualifying and running in the Boston Marathon!), cheering on her beloved Spartans, and spending time with her cherished four-legged friends, including Molly, Lilly, Theo, Monroe, and the rambunctious Bella.

Deb's family will greet friends on Wednesday, September 18th, from 5 to 8 pm at the Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care. The memorial service to celebrate Deb's life will be held on Thursday, September 19th, at 11 am, the Reverend Doctor James M. Gysel, officiating. Final interment will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Battle Creek, Michigan, at a later time.

Deb's vivacious personality, generous spirit, and unlimited kindness will be greatly missed by her family, friends, and the community.

In lieu of flowers, gifts in Deb's memory may be directed to the Post Foundation or Post Band, in care of Battle Creek Community Foundation, 32 W. Michigan Avenue, Battle Creek, MI 49017; the Humane Society of South Central Michigan, 2500 Watkins Road, Battle Creek, MI, 49015 or Meals on Wheels, 200 W. Michigan Avenue, Battle Creek, MI 49017.