Obituary: Deborah Yoke-Bowden


Deborah S. “Deb” Yoke-Bowden, 52, of Oroville, Calif., and originally of Eldridge, met our Heavenly Father on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019, at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics in Iowa City after suffering from a major stroke (basilar artery aneurysm) on Monday evening. She passed while surrounded by her loving Iowa family while she was visiting during Christmas.

A Celebration of her life was held on Sunday, Jan. 5, at Chambers Funeral Home in Eldridge. Memorials may be made to the Northwest SPCA (an organization promoting animal welfare and responsible pet ownership) or to the Sigma Phi Gamma International Sorority, Delta Upsilon Chapter. Attendees were encouraged to bring pop can tops that may be collected to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Deb was born Jan. 21, 1967, in Davenport, the daughter of Raymond and Chris (Liebbe) Yoke. She was a graduate of North Scott High School and was united in marriage to James W. Bowden on April 13, 2013, in Oroville.

Deb held a variety of interests:  sewing, fishing, puzzles, photography, baking, cooking, road trips and NASCAR, especially Dale Earnhardt. Her greatest love was for her animals; llamas, chickens, pheasants, her cats, D.J. and Ernie, and her grand-dogs, Daisy and Lexy.  She particularly enjoyed her sheep, especially Annabelle.

Those left to honor Deb’s memory include her husband, Jim; her son, Brian Dichiser of Moline; her parents, Raymond and Chris Yoke of Park View; her sisters, Angela (Joe) Munoz of Bettendorf, Carolyn (Sohn) Smith of Donahue, and Anna (Rodney) Winters of Eldridge; her brothers, Eric (Sandy) Yoke of Eldridge, and Tony Yoke of Davenport; nine nephews; three nieces; her mother-in-law, Jackie (Ray) Bowden-Sanders of Oroville; and her sisters-in-law, Jennifer Harmon of Lehigh, Utah, and Jaylene Hanson of Oroville.

Deb was preceded in death by her grandparents, Harold and Marjorie Liebbe and Ross and Regina Yoke.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting Deb’s obituary at


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