Mary Agnes “Lea” Debien died on June 15, at Edgewood Manor Nursing Center after a lengthy battle with vascular dementia. She was born on January 21, 1927, in Toledo, to Clarence and Ursula (Velliquette) Couture. When she was born, her parents named her Lila Lu, but because Lila Lu was not a saint’s name, the baptizing priest changed her name to Mary Agnes. Though as a child she was called Mary, she adopted the nickname Lea as a teenager, and she was called Lea throughout her adult life. She married Raymond Debien, Jr., of Port Clinton on February 18, 1947, in Bono, Ohio.
She is survived by daughter Peggy and son Joe of Port Clinton, daughter Diane (Jerry) Bristow of Aurora, CO, daughter-in-law Suzanne (David) Debien of Houston TX; grandchildren Jacqueline (Steve) Leamer of Queens, NY; James (Jeanne) Bristow of La Jolla, CA; Weston ( Janet) Bristow of Silver Spring, MD; Amy Bristow of Aurora, CO; Megan (Matt) Houde of Fayetteville, NC; great grandson Bennett Leamer of Queens, NY; great granddaughter Braelynn Houde to be born in September; sister Geraldine (Karl) Christoph of San Diego, CA; and brothers Clarence of Kettering, OH; and Donald (Elaine) of Scottsdale, AZ. She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents and her son, David.