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Deborah Solberg

January 11, 1954 — April 23, 2013

Normal-Deborah A. Solberg, 59, of Normal went home to be
with her Lord and Savior at 10:38 a.m., Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at
her residence with her family by her side.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, April 27, 2013
at Eastview Christian Church in Normal with Pastor Ed Wright
officiating.  Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. until the time
of the service on Saturday.  Internment will be at Evergreen
Memorial Cemetery in Bloomington.  In lieu of flowers,
memorials in Deborah's name may be made to Eastview Christian
Church, Evergreen Family Friendship Service or Community Cancer

Deborah was born on January 11, 1954, in Pontiac, the daughter
of Sidney E. Smith and June Thomas.  Deborah married Tait
Solberg on August 6, 1976.

She is loved and remembered by her daughters, Jessica Desai of
Lincoln, and Lindsay Solberg, Normal; her mother, June Thomas of
Bloomington; her sister, Cathy Smith of Greenville, SC; her
brothers, Craig Smith of Bloomington and Mark (Linda) Smith of
Pontiac, IL; nieces, Heather and Cally Smith; nephews, Connor and
Trenton Smith as well as by many good friends and co-workers.

Deborah was preceded in death by her father and

After graduating from Pontiac High School in 1973, Deborah
attended Illinois Wesleyan University from which she graduated with
a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education.  She also attended
Illinois State University and received certification as a
Registered Music Therapist.  She later continued her education
at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, IL and earned an Adult Bible
Study Certificate.

For sixteen years, Deborah worked as the office administrator at
Grace Church in Normal.  While at Grace Church she directed
the adult choir for 10 years, coordinated worship teams, was an
Awana leader, led women's Bible studies and participated in mission
trips to Costa Rica, Nicaragua, New York City, and China.  She
left Grace and moved to Taiyuan, China where she worked for Shanxi
Evergreen Service.  Evergreen consists of a group of Christian
professionals from China and around the world working for
Evergreen, a non-profit organization seeking to meet the needs of
the poor in China through supplying medicine, teaching English as a
second language and agriculture skills, introducing small business
ventures as well as supporting and building up the local church and
training local Chinese partners to continue and expand the work
being done.  Deborah returned to Normal and worked for the
last seven years at COUNTRY Financial.  She started in the
Customer Service Center and then transitioned to Learning &
Development, finishing with Corporate Communications as a Web
Publishing Analyst for the company's internal website.

For the last 3 years she led a women's small group Bible Study
(the best group ever) at Eastview Christian Church in

Deborah's passion included sharing the love of Jesus, God's Word
and mentoring others.  Her interests included individual and
group Bible study, worship music, calligraphy, beading, jewelry
making, cooking and biking.

Deborah's life was distinguished by her love for and confidence
in her Savior and her unyielding trust in his faithfulness and
provision.  "You, Lord, give true peace to those who depend on
you, because they trust you."  Isaiah 26:3.  Deborah
personified the true peace of Christ to all who shared in the final
months of her life.

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