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Debra Lee Rieger-Hitchcock

September 9, 1954 — November 9, 2023


Debra Lee Rieger aka Mama Dee or Debbie, was born in Lubbock, Texas September 9, 1954 to Randal Lee Rieger and Lee Carter.
Mama Dee went home to be with the Lord suddenly on November 9, 2023. Born and raised in the same family home of Lubbock, Texas. She was the oldest sibling of her 3 brothers Randal Dana, Joe Bruce and Jim Brent.
Mama Dee graduated from Monterey H.S. in 1973.  She was a beautiful, fun, a free spirited and well respected person that enjoyed being with family, friends and listening to all genres of music. She loved taking adventures and telling her stories about the many places she traveled. She never met a stranger.
At a very young age, Mama Dee endured and survived a crippling illness. She was told she would never conceive children. She defied those odds and God had other plans and blessed her with 3 daughters. In 1982 she became a mother to daughter Jo’ Bailey O’Brien. In 1984 she had her second daughter Brittney De’Lee O’Brien. In 1986 she birthed a third daughter known as Hailey. Through her membership church, Hailey was adopted to a family who could not conceive children of their own. With Hailey dressed in purple, Mama Dee gifted this blessing. That’s how purple became Mama Dee’s favored color.

Mama Dee was an exceptional matriarch of her family. She was truly a remarkable person and to know her was to love her. She was humble, kind and loved dancing. She loved Jesus and knew the gospel. She enjoyed having intellect conversations and at times she would talk over you be cause she loved to talk. Respectfully, Didn’t hold back and told you like it is. She loved her guitar which was gifted to her and she named it sweet Michael Lions. She has had it for over 34 years now and is still in fine tune shape today.
Mama Dee was simple. A minimalist BUT never went anywhere without her purple water bottle, face moisturizer with sunscreen, lip color care cream and her hair brush and Rarely seen without  her “war paint” as she called it.

Mama Dee wore many suits in her short life. She worked as Insurance agent, car and truck transporter, real estate sales, union worker as labor pool, worked in a bronze foundry as a wax worker, many waitressing jobs,  Windshield repair tech, driven auction vehicles, state school for mentally handicapped. She felt the job at the group home was most rewarding and special time.  Also worked as a horse trainer on a horse farm, cotton farm and…a pot farm.
Mama Dee cherished everyone and everything that she encountered. She loved living life as it was her last or yours. She loved many people and they loved her back. She had a green thumb and always had a plethora of plants, A deep love and connection with animals. Some would call her “The dog whisperer”. At times her dogs were her best friends and would go everywhere she went.
Mama Dee was beautiful inside and out. She was truly a compass and marked many lives throughout her journey. She had the best advice. She was smart, witty and had a wonderful sense of humor with a contagious laugh and smile.
Mama Dee could be anything you might need her to be. She wore many hats here on Earth. She was a Daughter, Sister, Aunt, Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Therapist, Babysitter, House keeper, Chauffeur, Chef, Confidant and now an Angel in Heaven. She had the biggest heart and had many everlasting friendships.

 Mama Dee wants her loved ones to know that when the call came she would be ready to go to her eternal home with Jesus Christ.

Mama Dee left behind word of wisdom called the 6 agreements that I would like to pass on
    1.    Be impeccable with your words
    2.    Don’t take it personal
    3.    Don’t make assumptions
    4.    Always do your best
    5.    Follow Jesus Christ
    6.    Be kind

Debra is preceded in death by Mother Lee Carter and beloved step Father Bob Ketron as well as beloved Step Daughter Jennifer Neal.

Debra is survived by husband James William Hitchcock Jr. Children Bailey O’Brien
(Mark McAllister)
Brittney O’Brien and Hailey.
Step children Trey (Lacie) Hitchcock
Josh (Mallory) Hitchcock
Jamie (Steven) Hitchcock-Canon. And 16 precious Grandchildren that she loved dearly. Alston, Kylan, Tyler, Maci, Kaelyn, Delilah, Madi, Jordis, Lawson, Jayden, Keegan, Josh, Audrey, Brenna, Billie and Ciera.

There will be no graveside services.
You may send flowers or plants to the funeral home  or to a charity of your choice.
The family would like to immediately regather an after memorial celebration of Debra’s Life with Laughter, shared stories, Food, and music at The veterans organization

American Legion

3003 SH-150 Loop E

Bastrop, Texas, 78602
(512) 321-5555

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Debra Lee Rieger-Hitchcock, please visit our flower store.

Service Schedule

Past Services

Celebration of Life

Tuesday, November 21, 2023

Starts at 1:00 pm (Central time)

Marrs-Jones-Newby Funeral Home

505 Old Austin Hwy, Bastrop, TX 78602

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