Benton Courier, Published on Wednesday, July 13, 2005 6:15 PM CDT

Debra Kay McDade

Debra Kay McDade, 40, of Traskwood died Monday, July 11, 2005, in Hot Springs.

She was born Dec. 3, 1964, in Dodge City, Kan. to Bobby Millershaski and Betty Harris.

Mrs. McDade was a housewife and a member of Antioch Baptist Church in Little Rock.

Survivors include her husband, Ricky McDade Sr.; two sons, Ricky McDade Jr. and Jeremy McDade, both of Traskwood; three daughters, Rebecca Lenz of Texas and Kala McDade and Kimberly McDade, both of Traskwood; her parents, Betty Harris and Bobby Millershaski of Missouri; one brother, Chris Lambert of Missouri; two sisters, Sonya Monaghan of Doniphan, Mo., and Roberta Williams of Springfield, Mo.; nieces, Sarah Pierce and Alicia Pierce, both of Doniphan, Mo., Trisisian Williams of Springfield, Mo.; and nephews, Cameron Williams and Emery Williams, both of Springfield, Mo.

Graveside service is scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday at Traskwood Cemetery with the Rev. Bob Slagley officiating.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Ashby Funeral Home.


Deaf Weakly, July 20, 2005, Vol. 1 No. 40


A deaf Arkansas mother of five was killed last Monday, July 11, in a Hot Springs campground when she was run over by a boat being towed by her husband. Debra Kay McDade, 40, an Arkansas School for the Deaf alumna who lived in Traskwood, was riding in the back of a pickup truck with her 9-year-old daughter. As husband Ricky McDade slowly approached their campsite, Debra got out before the vehicle had fully stopped and fell under the wheels of the trailer. She died several hours later at a hospital. The victim's death -- and concerns about 911's response time -- went largely unnoticed by local media. "Mrs. McDade was a housewife and a member of Antioch Baptist Church," said the Benton Courier in a death announcement that contained no mention of how she died. The tragedy went unreported, said editor Whit Jones, because "a lot of people die without us knowing the causes."