Debra Straw

Obituary of Debra Straw

Debra Denise Straw, 60, of Columbia, SC passed away on November 8, 2022 after a prolonged illness. She was the youngest daughter born on May 26th, 1962 in Panama City, Florida to Myrtice (Warren) and Robert Straw. She was a 1980 graduate of Columbia College (B.A. in English) and a 1996 graduate of Webster University (MA in Business Management). Debra will always be remembered for her analytical, creative, comedic, and inquisitive nature. She possessed a passion for cats, poetry writing, storytelling, music, traveling, and loving friends. Debra had a unique impact of being “a light” in the lives of many. Her fierce, independent, free-spirited soul will forever be missed. She was preceded in death by mother, Myrtice Warren, and sister, Karla Straw. She is survived by her father, Robert Dean Straw.


In lieu of a traditional memorial service and flowers, Debra has requested to “have a gathering” which will take place at a later date. Donations can be made to the cancer research at:


Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

1275 York Avenue

New York, NY 10065

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