Deborah Ann Starks


Funeral services for Deborah Ann (Taylor) Bahner Starks will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Hale's Memorial Chapel in Davis, with Brother Thomas J. Thompson officiating. Interment will follow at Green Hill Cemetery in Davis.
Deborah was born June 27, 1950, in Alva to the late Joe and Margaret (Alexander) Taylor. She died Tuesday, May 7, 2019, in Yukon at the age of 68 years, 11 months and 10 days.
Deborah and her family moved to Davis in 1953. She was the valedictorian of the Davis High School, class of 1968.
Following high school, she attended East Central University, where she earned a bachelor's degree in home economics.
After graduating from ECU, Deborah worked for Biddy Printing in Ada prior to working as an executive assistant for East Central University Health and Human Services. It was during her employment with ECU that she continued her education and earned a master's degree in counseling.
Deborah later moved to Yukon, where she did drug and alcohol counseling as well as counseled at the Mabel Bassett Women's Correctional Center in Oklahoma City.
Prior to her retirement in 2011, she worked as the director of testing for Oklahoma State University, OKC.
Deborah cherished her family. Whatever activities her grandchildren were involved with, she was there to support them.
In her spare time, she enjoyed collecting coins, reading and watching crime/detective shows.
Survivors include two sons, Rich Bahner and wife, Kelli, of Fort Worth, Texas, and Jason Starks of Marietta, Ohio; as well as three grandchildren, Isabella Bahner, Gabrielle Starks and Raylen Bahner.
In addition to her parents, Deborah was preceded in death by her brother, Tim Taylor, in 2000.
The family will receive friends from 12:30 till 1:30 p.m. Monday at the funeral home, prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the University of Oklahoma Medical Research Center.
Published on May 10, 2019
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