Debra Gay Meizel
On Thursday February 24th, 2022, Debbie Meizel went home to be with God after her three-year battle with cancer. She peacefully passed in the loving embrace of her faithful and caring husband, Mike and youngest daughter, Andrea, in their Montana home.
She was born May 28, 1950 in Susanville, CA to Eugene and Betty Shields. Debbie spent many years in Sparks then Reno, and later in her life, split time between her homes in Reno, Fallon, and Twin Bridges, MT.
Shortly after graduating, Debbie married the love of her life, Mike. They would spend the next 53 years having countless adventures and some misadventures as well. Through it all – love, devotion and friendship were always at the center of their relationship.
Debbie was a wonderful, caring and doting mother to her daughters Sonja and Andrea. She also raised her first-born grandson, Tristan, playing the lead role in his home-schooled education from elementary school through high school. She unconditionally, unselfishly cared for her family and supported them all her life through the many victories and difficulties they faced.
Debbie poured her heart and soul into the 30 years she worked for the State of Nevada managing their Food Distribution Programs and Large Purchasing Warehouses. Her boundless energy and commitment to excellence, garnered recognition and praise from her superiors and peers on the local, regional and national levels.
Above all else, Debbie’s greatest gift was her absolute love and commitment for family and friends. She opened her heart and home to the many she cherished. Debbie was one of a kind and to be loved by her was to be truly blessed. Throughout her life, Debbie had a passionate, close and personal relationship with God and, regardless of her location, always found a Catholic Church for worship.
After enjoying twelve summers in West Yellowstone, Mike and Debbie bought a beautiful home in Twin Bridges, Montana. Over the last several years, Debbie had grown to love Montana, (especially Ruby Valley), and all the special and lovely people she met. Though her love for Nevada was still strong, she would always express disappointment as summer was ending and time drawing-down for her return. This year she decided to stay and have her final treatments near their Montana home.
Debbie is survived by her husband Mike; sisters Sonja and Martha; daughters Sonja and Andrea; grandsons Tristan, Devon, Joseph, Morgan and Cameron; and granddaughter Autumn.
Posted online on March 13, 2022
Published in Reno Gazette-Journal