Debra P. Smith of Cedar City, Utah peacefully passed away at home in the arms of her loving husband the morning of April 17, 2018. She was born July 2, 1954 along with her twin brother, Danny, in Cedar City, Utah to Donald and Frances Allard Patterson of Beaver, Utah.
At an early age Deb found her passion to serve people as her parents had restaurants while she was growing up the first one being during the 60s, The Little Kitchen Cafe in Cedar City. Deb was a natural and loved meeting people. She stayed in the food service business her entire life, opening Ed and Deb’s Cafe with her husband in January 1987. It quickly became a big hit with the locals as well as up and down I-15. Over the years they taught a lot of kids how to work hard and have fun. There were many friendships built and Deb always loved her customers and employees. Years later people are still talking about Ed and Deb’s and their wonderful food, particularly their fresh from scratch Biscuits N Gravy! This was certainly one of the best times of Deb’s life.
Deb loved her family very much and was a wonderful caretaker to both of her parents, making sure their last years were comfortable. Her family all knew that the one thing she loved was family gatherings and meals together. Her favorite time of year was Christmas because it meant family time. She loved putting up Christmas lights and decorating the home for all to enjoy.
Deb is survived by her husband, Edward Smith of Cedar City; daughter Monica (Travis) Seifers, grand-daughters Autumn and Aspen, great-grandsons Hoyt and Stryder, and great-granddaughter, Austynn, of Milford; daughter Codi Perkins, grandsons Dallas, Kolton, Austin, and granddaughter, Preslee, daughter Trisha (Robert) Turnbaugh, grandsons Joshua and McCoy, all of Cedar City; sister Helen (Joseph) Brunelle of Colorado Springs, Colorado. She had several nieces and nephews whom she loved dearly.
She was preceded in death by her parents, twin brother Danny, older brother Larry, and grandson, Jaden Lee Puffer Laws.
Deb’s wishes were to be cremated. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 12 p.m. with a visitation from 10 a.m.-noon at the Cedar 4th Ward located at 500 West 400 North, Cedar City, Utah. Arrangements are under the direction of Southern Utah Mortuary. Online condolences can be made at www.sumortuary.com.