Peaceful 06

Debra Russell Elrink

October 11, 1953 ~ April 24, 2021 (age 67)


Debra Jane Elfrink, nee Russell, 67, of O’Fallon, IL, born October 11, 1953, in Hutchinson, KS, passed away peacefully Saturday, April 24, 2021, in St. Louis, MO, surrounded by her loving family.

Mrs. Elfrink was an active member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Fairview Heights, IL.  She was also a member of the St. Ann’s Altar Sodality, was involved with Marriage Encounter, and was a foster parent with Catholic Family Services for many years.  Above all, Debbie’s family was the most important thing to her; she loved her kids and her grandkids and the many nieces and nephews she had. She also loved camping, especially her annual trips to Gulf Shores, AL, and central Missouri, traveling on vacations, especially to the beach, following the St. Louis Cardinals, and playing games of all kinds with family and friends.  She will be dearly missed. 

Debra was a 1971 graduate of Dougherty High School in Albany, GA.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Hershel and Patricia, nee Bennett, Russell; and a sister, Janice Davidson.

Surviving are her dear husband of 48 years, Stephen Elfrink, whom she married March 24, 1973; two daughters, Stephanie (Jamie Wottowa) Elfrink and Pamela Parker; a son, Thomas Elfrink; her grandchildren, Vivian and Samuel Elfrink, Brandon, Dean, and Molly Parker, Zahra and Orion Elfrink, and Baby Boy Elfrink on the way; a sister, Joyce (Fred) Jones; two brothers, Terry Russell and Steve (Lisa) Russell; a brother-in-law, Don Davidson; many sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law; and nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Fairview Heights, IL, or to Illinois Right to Life. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation & Funeral: Friends may visit from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 27, 2021, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Fairview Heights, IL, with a Mass of Christian Burial immediately following at 11 a.m. with Fr. James Nall officiating.

Private burial services will be held at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO.

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