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04/17/1951 — 10/12/2019
From Richland, WA | Born in Richland, WA
Deborah was born to Jean and Elmer Thompson in Richland in 1951, she attended Richland schools and after a career in banking, she earned her Master’s Degree in social work from Eastern Washington University. Deborah died at home on October 12, 2019.
As a social worker in Spokane, Deborah worked with homeless women and women and children affected by domestic violence and sexual assault. After returning to the Tri-Cities, Deborah worked with at-risk kids, people grieving the loss of loved ones and those whose loss was from suicide.
She loved her work, her family, a good belly laugh, her many plants, Anthony’s for dinner, this beautiful planet, Kind Bars, Jethrow Leroy Gibbs (NCIS), and above all, the children – yours, mine and everyone’s.
Deborah leaves behind her sister, Kathleen Bauknight, brother-in-law, Bruce, nephews: Sam and Jeremiah and many cousins.
Memorial donations may be made to the Bereavement Program at Chaplaincy Health Care. 1480 Fowler St., Richland, WA 99352. A memorial to celebrate Deborah’s life will be held in the Spring.
Deb was a good friend and colleague. She had a wonderful sense of humor and a gentleness and elegance that I always admired. She was a great champion of hurting people, offering wisdom and compassion as they moved through their grief. She was so brave during her illness. I will miss our retirement lunches and sitting in her garden seeing it’s beauty through her eyes.
So sorry that we couldn’t get together more often. You lived a wonderful life, proud of you.
Love, Aunt Ann.
I lived on the corner of
Turner & Wright just up from your parent’s home during my high school & college years. I worked for Elmer in 200 West one summer before my senior year at WSU..what a gentleman. Jean was a friend of my Mother Eva Conley. Jean & Elmer purchased a cabin on Whidbey Island next to my husband’s & my acation cabin. We purchased it from them when they sold it many years ago & I am in the process of restoring it as I write & it brings back many memories. Although I didn’t personally know their daughters younger than me, I knew of you both thriugh yiur parents. All my best to you all. Billye Conley Drew
GOD BLESS and PRAYERS FOR DEBBIE.
She Always had a Big Heart.