Deborah Sue Grooms

June 19, 1957 ‒ July 18, 2021

Delaware, Ohio

Deborah Sue “Debbie” Grooms, 64 of Delaware, passed away unexpectedly, Sunday, July 18, 2021 at her residence.

Born June 19, 1957 in Delaware, Ohio, the daughter of the late William C. “Bill” & Kathryn A. (Wymer) Grooms. Debbie attended and later graduated from Delaware Hayes High School in 1975. Debbie would go on to work for Kroger, as a well-rounded employee, doing everything from stocking shelves, to being a cashier and working in the deli and liquor department. Debbie retired recently after 40 plus years of service and dedication to Kroger.

Left to cherish her memory are her loving daughter, and light of her life Breanne Grooms; sister Dana (Buddy) Glassburn; brother in-law Patrick Colwell; niece Lacy (George) Derenburger, Ashley (Josh Fritz) Colwell; nephews Patrick (Gorjeana) Colwell, Chad (Lesley) Colwell; great nephew Troy Brown; great niece Katie Colwell; any many other extended family members; K-9 companions Jackson and Lucy.

Debbie was preceded in death by her parents, sister Lois Colwell, and niece Amy Colwell Wyatt.

Debbie enjoyed watching crime, and old western shows on her day off, she also enjoyed attending the farmers market on Saturday. She was a regular at the Hamburger Inn, which she ate at every Saturday before the farmer’s market. Debbie loved her family, and enjoyed spending time with her daughter and great-niece Katie. Those close to Debbie will remember her as the nice, giving, and selfless mother, sister, and aunt that she was.

Family Friend Shelly Ward will officiate a celebration of Debbie’s life on Friday, July 23, 2021 at 10:00 am at the Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center, 101 Valleyside Drive, Delaware, Ohio 43015.

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The Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center in Delaware is assisting the family with arrangements.

  • Debbie was a great cousin. Always concerned about how others were doing. A quiet demeanor but a heart of Gold . She will truly be missed. Love and prayers to all the family.

  • I will miss you so much aunt Debbie! It breaks my heart because Katie keeps asking to see you! Love you and miss you

  • Debbie was a good friend and coworker. Always thinking of others. Our deepest condolences. Debbie will be greatly missed. We will keep you in our prayers. Kay & Dave Cotter

  • So sorry prayers for the family 🙏🙏🙏. Debbie will be missed by all that knew her. I always stop to talk to her at Kroger. RIP Debbie Fly High

  • Debbie was a classmate of mine from 6th grade on; we were in the Clarinet section of the band at Willis together sharing a lot of laughs! We also worked on a few of the class reunions together. Debbie was always so kind and seemed to have a calm sense about her! I was so shocked to her of her passing; my thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends. Rest in Peace, Debbie.
    Mary Temple Crist

  • My Heart goes out to the Family. Didn’t really know her well but was a nice lady.Please let me know if there’s anything I can do.Sending Prayers&Comfort .So Sorry for your Loss.

  • I was in Debbie’s class of 1975. I always enjoyed being around Debbie and was in the band with her. I always enjoyed catching up with her at Kroger’s. Gone too soon.

  • I went to school with both Debbie & Dana. I am so sorry to hear of her passing. My prayers & deep sympathy to her family. Dana, special prayers & condolences to you, my friend.

  • Sorry to hear this sending prayers for all of the family and.We knew Debbie a long time we lived down the road from her and her mom and sisters. Jan Davis and Dale Davis and Brenda Ramey and family

  • So sorry for your families loss. My husband Danny was a classmate and coworker of Debbie’s. I’m sure I meant her a few times 8n my adventures to Kroget.

  • I was so shocked to hear of Debbie’s passing. She was a great cousin and a loving, caring human being. Love, prayers and condolences to the family.

  • I’m so sorry to hear of Debbie’s passing. I really can’t remember when I met her or through who I met her. I do know I spoke to her at Kroger’s when ever I saw her. She was allways so nice and allways had a smile on her face. My Thoughts and Prayers are with all of her Family and close friends. RIP

  • Breanne, i’m so very sorry to hear about the passing of your mother. I did not know her, but I know she raised a beautiful daughter. Sending prayers to you and your family.

  • So beautifully written. Debbie was always the most kind and patient person. I spent many of my younger years having sleepovers with Bre where she was so accommodating and would cart us around everywhere. She will be truly missed.


  • What a reminder that we are not promised tomorrow. Debbie left us way too soon. She will be forever young in our hearts and minds. I am praying for family and friends mourning their loss. My memories of Debbie are fond and go way back. Debbie and I met for the first time Sept 3 1977 at Kroger 272 in Delaware Ohio. She was a cashier and I was one of two baggers. She helped me a lot. Our Kroger journey was very similar as we continued the next 10 years working together. RIP Debbie, see ya on the other side…

  • Debbie will be greatly missed. She was such a wonderful Great Aunt to Katie and loved watching her . She will be missed but her memory will live on in the lives that she touched. Prayers to the family.

  • Debbie and I were friends since our days at Conger. She was always kind, fun and an all round great person. I’m so sorry for her family’s loss. All of us from the class of 75 have will miss her dearly.

  • Debbie and I have been friends most all of our lives. We were in Kindergarten together at Conger Elementary and graduated from Hayes High School together in 1975. My son Matt and and Deb’s daughter Bre went to Conger together and graduated from Hayes together. I will always have a special place in my heart for Debbie. She was a good person who was dependable, kind and fun to hang out with! I will miss her!

    I am so sorry for your loss Bre, Dana and the entire Grooms family!

  • Dana
    So sorry to read this about Debbie—I am in shock and sad! I will not be able to come to any services as I am in FL with family! Hugs and Prayers for all of u!!! Jan Alicie

  • My heart breaks for all who were close to Debbie. I have so many fond memories of her from my childhood – always willing to take us kids places, always opening her home for sleepovers night after night – she was so kind and patient and just one of those people who you recognized as having such a big heart and soul, even as a child/teen. Even after so many years, growing up and running into her as an adult and mother myself now – she always cared and was interested in how our lives were going. Sending prayers for peace and comfort 🙏

  • I’ve known Debbie for 39 years. We worked together at Kroger’s 272 and 857. She was always a loyal Kroger employee and friend. I’m very saddened about her passing. It was way too soon. I will always love and mourn her.
    Debbie mcDonald

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