Deborah Lenne Tanzey

Deborah Lenne Tanzey

Deborah Leanne Tanzey, 65, of Monroe City, passed away Thursday, November 28, at her home.

She was born November 17, 1954 in Valley Forge Army Hospital, Phoenixville, Pennsylvania the daughter of Charles Lee and Phyllis Grace Smith Tanzey.

Debbie graduated from Monroe City High School, Monroe City. She then graduated with a B.S. in Education from Northeast Missouri State University, Kirksville.  Later getting her Masters in Secondary Education.  Miss Tanzey taught school at Granger, Wyaconda and Gorin Missouri.  Later returning to Monroe City Public Schools to finish out a 33-year teaching career.   She was a lifelong United Methodist Church member.  She served as District President of United Methodist Women’s Group for several terms.  She played the music for her church for many years.

Tanzey Keepsake

Survivors include her mother Phyllis Grace Smith Tanzey Foster of Monroe City.  Three sisters Donna Dowell (Buck) of Paris, Sally Foster and Cindy Foster both of Monroe City.  Two nephews Charlie Dowell (Whitney) of Shelbina and Phillip Dowell (Mallory) of Stoutsville. She is also survived by one great niece Finley Dowell, one great nephew Baylor Dowell and numerous cousins. 

She was preceded in death by her father, step father Charles Francis Foster, maternal and paternal grandparents. 

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, December 03 at the Garner Funeral Chapel, Monroe City, Rev. Steve Goughnour will officiate.  Burial will be held at the St. Jude Cemetery, Monroe City.  Visitation will be Monday evening from 5 until 7 p.m. at the Garner Funeral Home, Monroe City.  Pallbearers will be Ed Neff, Zach Neff, Brad Neff, Ronnie Smith, Roy Smith and Todd Smith.  Memorials have been suggested to Bible Internationl, 609 36th Street Southeast, Grand Rapids, Michigan or the Andrew Chapel Church, Marion County, Missouri.  Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Garner Funeral Home & Chapel, Monroe City, Missouri.  Online condolences can be made at

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