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Debra A. Shambo - 63

11/26/1954 - 8/15/2018

Clinton, Iowa


Debra A. Shambo, age 63 of Clinton, passed away Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at Mercy Medical Center North.  Cremation rites have been accorded.  A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.  The Pape Funeral Home is assisting the family. Online condolences may be left at   


Debra was born in Savanna, IL on November 26, 1954, the daughter of Rodney W. and Ferolee J. (Bell) Shambo.  She graduated from Camanche High School in 1972.  Debra had attended Mt. Mercy College in Cedar Rapids, Marycrest College in Davenport, Clinton Community College where she received her nursing degree and St. Joseph College of Maine.  Debra had a BS Degree in Biology, a BS Degree in Natural Sciences, a BA Degree in History and a BS Degree in Health Care Administration.  She had been employed at Spring Branch Memorial Hospital in Houston, Handicap Development Center in Davenport, Davenport Lutheran Home, Manor Care in Davenport and she retired in 2015 from the Skilled Care Unit at Mercy Living Center South and lived with her sister for the last three years, who was her caregiver.  Debra was a seeker of knowledge.  She enjoyed spending time with her family and her pets, traveling and crocheting.


     Debra is survived by her sister, Anita Shambo of Clinton; her aunt, Ruth French of Savanna and several cousins, including her closest cousins, Mark (Jenifer) Prowant of Robins, IA, Jaymie (Roger) Allen of Stockton, IL, Frank (Sheri) Prowant of Ankeny, IA, Jodie Stoker of New Richmond, WI, Darrin (Kim) Prowant of Windsor, CO, Steve (Amy) Prowant of Savanna and Jackie (Aaron) Krueder of Bondurant, IA.  She was preceded in death by her grandparents, her parents, an infant brother and several aunts, uncles and cousins. 


Cremation rites have been accorded. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. The Pape Funeral Home is assisting the family.


  • Lynnette Hugunin Murphy

    on 08/17/18

    Dear Anita My Sympathies to you. You took great care of your sister, which I'm sure she appreciated this. If you ever need to talk, call me. 563-249-9525.
  • Shannon miller

    on 08/19/18

    Heartfelt sadness by the news of deb passing. I worked with deb for years on the night shift in TCU after graduating from nursing school in 2002. She mentored me and was a phenomenal nurse and absolute joy to work with. I always will look back at that time with such high regard and feel blessed I had such a wonderful nurse by my side to show a new grad the ropes. Deb was there for me with loving support thru my own trials and loss of a family member. Deb always talked with such love about her sister, her aunts and her pets. There have been a very few select people that were present for me during those years. I'm honored to say deb was one of those beautiful souls. I shall miss her always and think of her in the highest regard In love and light Shannon
  • Becca Wilkens

    on 09/29/18

    So sorry to hear about Deb's passing. She was also one of my mentors at mlcs. She was a great nurse and a caring person.

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