In Memory

Deborah J. Ward

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04/25/13 11:18 PM #1    

Celeste C. Koutchis (Tzikas)

Dear Debbie was a special person. I never learned what took her away so soon, but I sometimes think it might have been sadness. She disguised it well. I loved walking to and from Kennedy with her nearly every day. She had a deep, rumbling laugh and was just darn easy to talk to. She lost her parents early and was cared for by her aunt and uncle and family. I wondered how that went. 

She married early, in Santa Rosa. I went to the wedding. That was the last time I saw her. I regret not staying in touch. We went to the all night grad together and then it was done. I hope if anyone has some good info on her that they might share. She deserved the very best. My fondest regards, Celeste

10/13/15 04:20 PM #2    

Deborah Ures (Barnes)

I was so sad to learn of Debbie's passing. I was never able to get the entire story, but was told she was in a car accident.  Debbie and I became very good friends @ Kennedy (my sophomore year was at Burbank) and we somehow lost touch in the mid 70's. She moved to Santa Rosa to live with her sister after we graduated and I visited her a number of times.  I was in her wedding when she married Mike Simpson.   I remember her to always be happy in spite of her mysterious early years.  She became a constant at our household and all my siblings remember her fondly too.  RIP Debbie!

Debby Ures Barnes 

10/14/15 06:38 PM #3    

Lynette Greenslate (Bell)

Debbie was a friend of mine from John Cabrillo Elementary. She was a fun and friendly girl. She was quiet about her past and my best friend Terrell Harper and I knew her parents had been killed in a car accident and after went to live with her aunt. Her aunt and uncle were very nice people. They went to my church and she told me a little about Debbie. It was many years ago so my memory may not be the best. I thought it was her parents who both died in the car accident. Her aunt told me that Debbie was not a very happy girl and that she always tried to cheer her up but was not very successful. Also she told me that Debbie was not very healthy and had died from some condition or disease after she married. Debbie wanted a family but it did not happen. Seems that life threw her a few curve balls. I always liked her very much but we drifted apart after elementary school. We did not have classes together. After talking to her aunt many years after Debbie passed, I felt sad myself knowing that her life was so short and that she was unable to realize all her dreams. I sure hope her next life is more kind to her. She was a sweet kind soul and deserves it. Peace and Blessings to Debbie and her family.   Lynette  💐

10/14/15 07:18 PM #4    

Celeste C. Koutchis (Tzikas)

Thanks for the further info. As I thought... we won't really know. I think she is now a "suburban legend"! I think she is laughing her great laugh and knows all these notions we hold so dear can twinkle and dwindle into the Cosmos. She was an amazing person. I wish I had told her. 

10/15/15 10:18 AM #5    

Deborah Ures (Barnes)

Thanks for the additional information on Debbie. I'm glad to know a little more but sad we lost contact. I guess I never knew how unhappy she really was.  My memories are of a happy go lucky girl.  

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