The glass was neither half-full nor half-empty for Debra Jones. The contents within didn't matter. Those who knew her said she just appreciated the day when she could see the glass.
"She was always a very upbeat person," said her mother, Maxine Nighswander. "In fact, her brother said that she never saw a glass half-empty or half-full. She was such an outgoing person and wanted to help as many people as she could."
Jones, 59, who lived alone, was killed Aug. 30 in her home on Myanna Lane, in a subdivision near St. Joe Center and Maplecrest roads. The case remains under investigation.
"I look at it this way," said her father, Bob Nighswander. "If the world was falling around her, she would look at me and say, 'Dad, isn't it a wonderful day today?' That's the type of personality she had."
Born in Hicksville, Ohio, Jones was director of home health care at Lutheran Life Villages. She also worked for Mary Kay Cosmetics and was an active member of St. Vincent de Paul Parish.
"It makes us really appreciate each other and our differences and our likes and each one of our children's personalities," Maxine Nighswander said.
- Victim 1 | Ryan Dwayne Turner
- Victim 2 | Jermaine D. Foster
- Victim 3 | Jeremy Dewayne Crews
- Victim 4 | Nathaniel Jishaun Rainer
- Victim 5 | Stephen O'Neal Wattley Jr.
- Victim 6 | Antonio Galvan III
- Victim 7 | David Thornsley
- Victim 8 | Demarcus Adams
- Victim 9 | Mark Brian Young Jr.
- Victim 10 | Gerelle Ramone Borum
- Victim 11 | Jacqueline Bouvier Hardy
- Victim 12 | Kenneth Knight
- Victim 13 | Robert W. Kanyuh
- Victim 14 | Montez Antonio Brooks
- Victim 15 | Elijah Freeman
- Victim 16 | Tavontae Jamar Haney
- Victim 17 | Ryan Koontz
- Victim 18 | Shane Jamal Stephens
- Victim 19 | Ryann Keith Trejo
- Victim 20 | Russell Todd Jewel
- Victim 21 | Ja'queze Dandridge
- Victim 22 | Derrick Carlisle
- Victim 23 | Jabron Q. Totton
- Victim 24 | Terry Lee LaGrone
- Victim 25 | Desiree Sheets
- Victim 26 | Kirk D. Lecount
- Victim 27 | Sidney Earl Gates
- Victim 28 | Dashawn Jermell Martin
- Victim 29 | Marco Antonio Vinas-Herran
- Victim 30 | Debra Jones
- Victim 31 | Joseph Conwell
- Victim 32 | Jordan Lee Calland
- Victim 33 | Katahj Amard Blackmon
- Victim 34 | Johnny Lee Upshaw
- Victim 35 | Ricardo M. Hood
- Victim 36 | Brenzel W. Bryant
- Victim 37 | Algia Paul Robert Steward
- Victim 38 | Lance Alan Murray
- Victim 39 | Jovon C. Harvey
- Victim 40 | Sylvanus T. Williams
- Victim 41 | Brandon Dock
- Victim 42 | Demetrius Lamar Masterson
- Victim 43 | Johnny Erick Wiggins-Victim 44 | Daniel W. Arnett