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Debra Jean Williams

November 12, 1954 — September 11, 2023


Debra Jean Williams was born on November 12th, 1954 to Lois and Gene Beverlin in Norfolk, Nebraska. She had two half-brothers from her father’s side, Wayne Beverlin and Jerry Beverlin. She grew up moving around with her parents for work related reasons, while finally landing in the Los Angeles area. She graduated high school in 1972. She then went on to assist her parents in operating a motel, where she got to meet celebrities like Roy Rogers and Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders. Her father, Gene Beverlin was a huge fan of music and assisted with production as well as writing music. She spent her free time writing poetry as well as working odd jobs. She was blessed with children at the age of 28. She was married to Harvey Roxberg and had her first-born, Kasandra Roxberg in 1982. Although that relationship didn’t work out, she later met David Havrilek in the Los Angeles area. As well as being married, she also had her second child, Allison Havrilek in 1986. She also was blessed and embraced a beautiful step-daughter, Tiffany Lee. Her parents moved to South Dakota, to be closer to her mother’s side of the family in 1988. Within a year, she decided to move back closer to spend time with her family, as well as giving her children a less chaotic place to grow up. She resided in Yankton, South Dakota and worked at the old Yesterday’s Café for Bobbi and Dan Trimble, waitressing for a long time, which she truly enjoyed. Eventually she went to work for Walmart for over 10 years. She got to enjoy her daughter, Kassie blessing her with a son-in-law, Vincent (Trey) Rossiter III as well as four grandchildren, Jordan, Emmett (IV), Anthony Rossiter, and Greyson Rossiter, as well as a step-granddaughter, Jystice Rossiter. After deciding she needed a change, she worked at the First Bank Card Center for about 8 years before deciding that calling to collect funds, and ruin people’s day while they are struggling, which she knew first hand, being a single mother of two. She was offered the General Manager position of the Dollar Tree. That was a huge blessing to her, she dealt with many trials and tribulations throughout her life, between circumstances and children being children, the change helped her mental health immensely. She was very happy to be back in the public service. She met many people at the Dollar Tree and loved her employees which also became some of her closest friends. In 2015, she met Burl Williams, through her daughter who ironically enough, worked as a waitress at Yesterday’s Café for Kerry Trimble-Whoel (Dan and Bobbi’s daughter). Turns out she actually knew Burl from years ago. They dated and eventually married on May 30th, 2015. As changes came about at Dollar Tree, she was offered a Position as the Back Room Supervisor at Goodwill. She took that and made many good friends there as well. She worked at the Yankton Goodwill until she retired in 2019. She tended to spread love and light anywhere she went. She and Burl were both having health problems and chose to sell their home and move closer to their daughter, Allison in Canon City, Colorado. They resided there until COVID hit in 2021, then they all moved to Lincoln, Nebraska where there were some specialists that could help treat their ongoing health problems. Burl was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and Dementia in the years leading up to him deciding to move closer to his family back in Oregon for the end of his life. Their love never failed, and it was one of the hardest choices to make. At that point, after getting a taste of some other areas and spending some beautiful time and memories, Deb and her daughter Allison, made the agreement to move back to South Dakota. After moving, she decided even though her health was in decline, she would like to try to live alone again. She got to see her daughter Allison get married at the end of 2021. She had many struggles living alone. She also found out that Burl passed away September 4th, 2022 of what turned out to be brain cancer and not Alzheimer’s. Living by herself lasted about eight months before her doctors told her she could not be living alone any longer. Between other miscellaneous health and heart problems that were unresolved, as well as stage 5 COPD and Congestive Heart Failure, she moved back in with her daughter Allison and son-in-law, Jacob Monclova in Scotland, South Dakota January of 2023. With many loving memories, she got to spend the last eight months of her life, watching her daughter be a parent, as well as getting to spend time with her newest grandchild, Jasper Monclova. She loved her family more than anything in this world. To her, family didn’t have to be blood. Her best friend Pamela Hysell passed away in June of 2017, starting a cascade effect on her mental health. They were soul sisters. She was also preceded in death by her father, Eugene Beverlin; mother, Lois Beverlin; grandson, Jordan Rossiter; brothers, Wayne and Jerry Beverlin; as well as all of her aunts and uncles. She is survived by her daughters, Allison Monclova of Scotland, SD, Kasandra Rossiter (address unknown); her sons-in-law, Jacob Monclova of Scotland, SD and Trey Rossiter of Watertown, SD; her step-daughter, Tiffany Lee of Riverside, CA; and her adopted children, Miles Smothers of Scotland, SD and Jessica Pearson of Yankton, SD. She is also survived by many grandchildren, blood and adopted, Emmett Rossiter, Anthony Rossiter, Greyson Rossiter, all of Watertown, SD and Jasper Monclova of Scotland, SD. She is also survived by her adopted grandchildren, Macie Johanneson, Selena and Anthony Jr. Monclova, and Mia Monclova all of Scotland, SD.

We are so blessed that most everyone who wanted to see her, or she wanted to see, got to see her in her last days. We will not be holding a viewing. On September 22nd, 2023 at 6 p.m. we will be holding a Celebration of Life ceremony with her ashes at the City Park in Scotland, SD. Followed by food and a fire at 720 Third Street in Scotland, SD. She would have wanted all of her people together and celebrating the amazing woman she was. So that is what we shall do! Any flowers, cards or such can be sent directly to 720 Third Street, Scotland, SD 57059 to her daughter Allison Monclova, who will be taking care of all arrangements. Any questions you can also call her at 402-440-7231.

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