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Debra 'Debbie' Wilkinson

Mar 13, 2014 - Staff

Debra "Debbie" Wilkinson, of Riverton, died Wednesday, March 5, 2014, at the University of Utah Medical Center in Salt Lake City. She was 56 years old.

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 15, at Davis Funeral Home with Pastor Dale Adams officiating.

Debra Lynn Martinez was born July 20, 1957, in Riverton, the daughter of Arthur Edward and Angela Martinez.

She attended schools in Riverton and graduated from Riverton High School in 1974. She lived in Denver for five years before returning to Riverton. She received her associate degree in accounting from Central Wyoming College and had recently taken and passed courses to become a certified medical coder.

On April 9, 1988, she married Leon Earl Wilkinson in Riverton.

She worked as a data entry clerk for many companies in Riverton and Denver. She worked for Doug Stanbury as his bookkeeper before she went to the Wind River Clinic as a medical coder. She worked there until her health prevented her from working full time.

Her family said she suffered from scleroderma which contributed to her death. She asked that her body be donated to science to help find a cure so that others do not have to suffer as she did.

She was a member of the Lighthouse Bible Church.

Her family said she enjoyed cross-stitching, quilting, cooking (she was always trying new recipes) and reading all types of books. She was a member of the Wyoming Star Quilt Guild for more than 10 years, and she loved spending time with her nephews and nieces.

She is survived by her husband, Leon; brothers Rory Martinez of Colorado and Greg Martinez of Wyoming; sisters Gaylene Martinez of Montana and Andi (Ken) McLean of Riverton; sister-in-law Gloria Martinez of Casper; numerous nephews and nieces; and several great-nephews and great-nieces.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Angela Martinez, and numerous aunts and uncles.

Memorial donations may be made to Lighthouse Bible Church in care of Davis Funeral Home, 2203 W. Main St., Riverton, WY 82501.

Arrangements are under the direction of Davis Funeral Home of Riverton. Online condolences may be left at www.thedavisfuneralhome.com.

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