Deborah Lynn Bryant Ellis

October 25, 2021
Deborah Lynn Bryant Ellis

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Deborah Lynn Bryant Ellis, 57, of Surry, Virginia passed away peacefully on Monday, October 25, 2021, surrounded by her family. She was born on January 8, 1964, to her surviving parents, Robert H. and Betty Bryant of Smithfield.
Debbie was a Registered Nurse at Eastern State Hospital and caused to retire early due to her terminal illness. She earned her dual master’s degree while working full-time and raising her four daughters as a single mother. She enjoyed the outdoors and spending time with family and friends. She had no greater joy than being a “Mee-maw” to her grandsons.
Left to cherish her memory is her loving husband of 10 years, Warren Lee Ellis; daughters, Heather Garrenton, Jessica Garrenton, Elizabeth Garrenton and Sara Garrenton; stepchildren, Hunter Ellis, Karissa Ellis and Peter Ellis; 6 grandsons, Justin, Cameron, John, Alex, Josiah and Walker.
She is also survived by her loving sister, Judy Bryant Lehr (Steven) of Suffolk, Virginia; nieces, Crystal Drake (Adam) of Windsor, Virginia and Lauren Lehr of Suffolk, Virginia; great-nephews, Ashton and Connor; and a host of extended family and friends.
A Celebration of Life service will be held on Friday, November 5, 2021, at 1:00 pm, at Bucktrout Funeral Home located at 4124 Ironbound Road, in Williamsburg, Virginia.
Memorial Donations can be made to Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma Research Foundation (

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  • October 30, 2021
    Buddy Porter says:
    I remember meeting you for the first time at work. I thought to myself what a passionate but strong nurse you are. You left RDHW but years later I met your daughter Jessica. I learned that is your mini me. I have seen how strong you are by doing all you could to defeat cancer so you could be with your family. It has amazed me how strong you are. Your family has gained a true guardian angel. Heaven has two angels now with you and my mom. Rest In Peace Debbie. Love you!!

  • October 30, 2021
    Judy Lehr says:
    To my sister, best friend and other half, knowing you will always be with and a part of me gives me peace. Fly high my

  • October 30, 2021
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  • October 30, 2021
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  • October 30, 2021
    Jessica Garrenton says:
    Mommy, I miss you so much that it hurts. I’m so grateful for you and all you have taught me; I am who I am because of you. Although I’m not sure how to live life without you, I promise to continue to always make you proud of me. As you would always say, I love you to the moon and back! Love, Your mini me ❤️