This web site is offered to celebrate the life of Deborah Ann
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Debbie was born in El
Centro, California August 19, 1960.
Debbie was taken from us on September 3, 1977,
after her seventeenth birthday.
We, her family, have often asked the question so many other
who have suffered a loss have asked,
What lessons had this man learned in his life that he felt it
necessary to cut short
this vivacious, positive life.
Unfortunately we will never have an answer to that question.
The man who murdered her took his own
life just three days
Debbie packed more into the few short years she was here on
than most people do in a normal lifespan.
She fell in love with horses, and was riding before she was
By nine, she was showing steers in 4-H and learned to sew.
She showed early signs of leadership while serving at different
management in the local 4-H club. At 8th grade
graduation she was presented
The American Legion Leadership
She earned the ranks of Silver Star, Gold Star, and Junior
attending the state Junior Leadership conference in
She was very active in sports. She was a member of the
Varsity Tennis team, the track team and played fast pitch softball
on a Girls City Recreation team.
On weekends she played slow pitch softball on a women’s team
At Central Union High School she was a driving force on campus.
She held a class office every year, she was on
staff serving as advertising manager and
was to have been the
editor of the yearbook her senior year.
She devoted part of her summer vacation to gathering
for the following years book.
The 1978 yearbook
was dedicated to her.
She, along with two friends, helped create a group called “Mat
to provide assistance and to cheer on the much ignored
The girls earned money to buy material for their
Mat Maid uniforms
and I, Debbie’s mom, made them.
In 1977 Deb was named to the All Star Softball Team for the
City Recreation Department.
This team represented El Centro
in the San Diego
All Start Tournament.
In 1981 the City of El Centro dedicated the field where she used
At “Sweet 16” Debbie sold her horse and found new loves in her
her 16th birthday gift, a yellow 1965 Mustang and
A young man in her class, Michael Crow, wrote a song,
sang at graduation.
He dedicated the song to the 1978 graduating class
In this song he said “but one was left behind and now
memory is imbedded in our minds”.
We turn the page to begin another chapter and find
have to write it ourselves,
using Debbie’s formula:
You have to give to receive
Live each day to the
Enthusiasm magnifies ability
We thank God for the brief miracle called
Debbie will forever be in the hearts and memories of her family
her younger brother Eddie and his fantastic wife, Laura,
her mother and father
as well as in the hearts and memories
of all of her relatives
and many, many friends.
Always to be loved but never to be forgotten!"ONLY THE BEST"
A Heart of Gold stopped
Two shining eyes at rest.
God broke our hearts to
He only takes The Best.
God knows you had to leave us,
But you did not go alone
For part of us went with you,
The day He took you Home.
To some you are forgotten,
To others just the past.
us who loved and lost you,
Your memory will always last.
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Thanks to my good friend Janie from the bottom of my
I hope you have some idea of how much Debbie's family
appreciates all of the time and effort
you have put into
creating this website.
Thank you to everyone else who contributed.