Debra “Debbie” Leila Atchley

Canton – Debra “Debbie” Leila Atchley, 59, of Sandoval, IL, formerly of Canton, IL passed away at 10:44 AM on Thursday, April 20, 2017 at SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon, IL, surrounded by her family. She was born on August 13, 1957 in Canton, to Carl L. and Frances L. (Varnell) Stanley. She married Rev. Richard “’Rick” Atchley on August 30, 1975 in Canton, IL, he survives.

Also surviving are three children, Nuiel (Wendy) Atchley of Canton, Denny (Dena) Atchley of Norris, and Chelsea (Jeff) Jansen of Canton; five grandchildren, Bailey Atchley, Hannah Atchley, Claire Jansen, Deegan Atchley, and Decker Atchley; three brothers, Carl L. (Luann) Stanley Jr. of Elmwood, Randy Stanley of Peoria, and Kevin (Brenda) Stanley of Canton; and one sister, Yvonne (Mario) McKeever of Rock Springs, WY.

Debbie was preceded in death by her parents, one son, Kyle Atchley, one brother, Gerald “Butch” Stanley, and one sister, Karen Loveland.

Debbie worked for Joe’s Place in Norris and was a former manager of the first Casey’s in Canton. She is a member of Illinois Great Conference of United Methodist Church, Patoka United Methodist Women, and Boulder United Methodist Women. Debbie was a loving, wife, mother, grandmother, and friend.

Services will be held at 11 AM on Monday, April 24, 2017 at Sedgwick Funeral Homes & Crematory in Canton. Rev. Randy Azbell will officiate. A visitation will be held from 5-7:30 PM on Sunday, April 23, 2017 at the funeral home. Cremation rites will be accorded following the services. Memorials can be made to either the Patoka or Boulder United Methodist Women. To view Debbie’s DVD or to make online condolences you may go to

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18 Responses to Debra “Debbie” Leila Atchley

  1. Trudy Trobaugh says:

    My sincere and deepest sympathy to Pastor Rick and all Debbie’s loved ones. She was a very special and loving person. God promises comfort and they will come in blessed memories.

  2. Ronald Jackson says:

    So sorry to learn of Debbie’s passing. My deepest condolences to you and your family in this time of sorrow. May the Lord be with you!!!

  3. Agnes Koehler and Bill Taphorn says:

    We never got to know Debbie long enough. She was such a lovable person, and will be missed. Our love & prayers to Pastor Rick and all of Debbie’s family.

  4. Nina Grigsby Branson says:

    Richard and Family, you all are in my thoughts and prayers. Was just thinking about Debbie a few days ago. What a shock.

  5. Nina Grigsby Branson says:

    Richard and Family, you all are in my thoughts and prayers. Was just thinking about Debbie a few days ago. What a shock and loss.

  6. Paula Spenny says:

    I’m so sorry to hear of Debbie’s passing.
    I met her when he worked at Curves in Canton. She was always so cheerful and encouraging.
    She will be missed.
    My condolences to her family.

  7. Melody McMillan says:

    Sorry for your loss. She was a wonderful friend who I thought the world of. Sending many hugs and prayers to the whole family..

  8. gloria stockman and karen murphy says:

    She was more than church family to us. We were saddened to hear or her passing and she will be remembered for her smile and her courage. We will be holding you,

    Rick, and your family in our prayers. Gloria Stockman and Karen Murphy

  9. Pastor Cecilia Granadosin says:

    Pastor Rick,
    I am so sorry to hear of Debbie’s passing. In the short time we had been in ministry together, I came to know her as such a nice and caring person. I miss you both and we will all miss Debbie. May God’s deep peace be upon you.

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  11. Karen Potts & Anna Belle Dixon says:

    We were so blessed to have know Debbie & to have her in our church family & UMW. She will be greatly missed. Our thoughts & prayers to all her family.

  12. Ken & Evelyn Hayden says:

    We are deeply saddened by Debbie’s sudden death. We are grateful for her ministry and love of family. Our prayers are with you in the days ahead.

  13. Debbie Lewellyn says:

    Carl, LouAnne, Eric and Dawn,
    We are so sorry for your loss.
    Debbie & Jimmie

  14. Denise Reynolds says:

    Conveying sympathy to Debbie’s family and friends from the Ingold family, neighbors/friends from her childhood. I Corinthians 15: 55-57
    Shirley Ingold and Denise (Ingold) Reynolds

  15. Sherry McCance says:

    Pastor Rick, I’m so sorry for Debbie’s passing and sending my condolences to you and your family. I truly enjoyed her when we had lenten services at Lewistown UMC. I remember you both when you came to our church Brock UMC for services there. I’m so glad that Ardith Corsaw introduced us, because I met two wonderful people.

  16. Angela Hale says:

    My heart goes out to the entire Atchley family. Debbie was a wonderful woman, and a lovely friend. I was blessed to know her. My prayers to all of you.

  17. Rev. Ron Martz says:

    Rick, You and your family are in my prayers at the loss of Debbie. May God be with you in your loss and walk with you through your grief. God’s blessings upon all of you.

  18. Melissa (Lutz) Bailliez says:

    My thoughts and prayers to the Atchley family. My heart goes out to you during this difficult time.

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