Memorial Service Held for Debra Jones

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Memorial Service Held for Debra Jones


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September 4, 2013 Updated Sep 5, 2013 at 7:50 AM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) - She was a victim of homicide but Family and friends are choosing to remember Debra Jones for how she lived not how she died.

A memorial service was held Wednesday at Lutheran Life Villages for Jones.

Jones, who served as director of Homecare at Lutheran Life Villages, was found by her daughter last Friday inside her home in the 5500 block of Myanna Lane.

Chaplain Mike Wakeland remembered Jones and her work with Lutheran Life Villages as not her care for others, but ultimately a way to show God's love for all.

"We give thanks to God today because our lives were touched by Deb's life," Wakeland says. "That is our purpose here at Lutheran Life Villages and in each of our lives: to reach out and be an expression of this love of God."

The Allen County Coroner's Office ruled her death a homicide, saying Jones bled to death from a sharp force injury to the neck.

"I don't blame God for Deb's death," Chaplain Mike Wakeland of Lutheran Life Villages said at during the memorial service. "God was the first one that shed a tear for what happened. It broke His heart."

The Fort Wayne Police Department has not made any arrests in Jones' death.

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