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Debra Jones

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.