Debra M. Rhives, 64, of Festus died Jan. 19, 2021, at Mercy Hospital Jefferson in Crystal City. Mrs. Rhives was a member of Faith Baptist Church in Festus. She worked as a secretary at Ameri Gas for 29 years. She enjoyed camping, boating, the outdoors, and spending time with family, especially her grandchildren. Born April 6, 1956, in St. Louis, she was the daughter of the late Paul LeRoy and Mary Ellen (Scheer) Gant.
She is survived by her husband of 46 years: James Rhives; a son: Troy (Carrie) Rhives of Festus; a daughter: Lisa (Chad) Smith of Festus; seven grandchildren: Tyler Rhives, Hailee Waters, Peyton Waters, Kollyn Waters, Wiley Rhives, Eli Rhives and Daveney Rhives; two step-grandchildren: Christian Smith and Cereta Smith; one great-grandchild: Baylor Waters; a brother: Patrick Neal (Deb) Gant of Festus; and a sister: Jamie Ann (Phil) Wilson of Herculaneum.
Visitation is from 10 a.m. until a funeral service at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, at First Baptist Church in Festus, officiated by Brother Matt Culbertson. Burial is in Rose Lawn Memorial Gardens in Crystal City. Memorials may be made to the Faith Baptist Church Building Fund. Arrangements are under the direction of Vinyard Funeral Home in Festus.