257 SE Roberts, Gresham, OR 97080

Debra Reynolds September 10, 1951 - January 24, 2019

Resided in Gresham

Debbie, loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend; passed away unexpectedly Thursday, January 24, 2019. Debbie was born in Portland, Oregon on September 10, 1951 to Clyde and Helen Brown.

Debbie graduated from Marshall high school in 1969 and went on later to earn her Bachelor degree in Education from Portland State University.  Before starting her career in education, Debbie raised two amazing daughters, Tara Reynolds-Bishop and Kristin Reynolds. Most recently, she has been a local entrepreneur, owning her own businesses since 2003.

Anyone who met Debbie could never forget her beautiful blue eyes, contagious smile and great taste in fashion.  Debbie had a great passion for teaching young minds and creating the best foundation possible, for a child to grow from.  She was a kind, loving teacher at heart. Under her tutelage, many of us have learned the crafts of sewing, skiing, gardening, making applesauce and freezer jam, as well as baking.  She loved traveling the world with her family, most recently visiting Costa Rica, Paris, and Australia. Debbie took extreme pride in her four grandchildren, Aubrey (11), McKenna (6), Finn (4), and Piper (11 months), who affectionately referred to her as Gaga.   She was also a second mom to many. Her house was always a hub of excitement. The amount of love she had for everyone she crossed paths with was beyond measure. Debbie was a person of few words, but every word she spoke came from the heart. She has left her family and friends far too soon.

Debbie is survived by her daughters Tara Reynolds-Bishop and Kristin (Steven Lee) Reynolds, brothers Tim (Susan) Brown and Mike Brown, her four grandchildren; Aubrey, McKenna, Finn and Piper, many nieces and nephews, and many extended family members and friends.

Debbie was preceded in death by her father and mother, Clyde and Helen Brown, her brother Joel Brown, and her son-in-law Kevin Bishop.

We will continue her legacy through her love and passion for life. Our hearts are broken and she will be greatly missed.

A viewing will held from 4-8p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 12 at Gresham Memorial Chapel.  A funeral service will be at 1:00p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 13 at Sunnyside Foursquare Church 13231 SE Sunnyside Rd. Happy Valley, OR 97015, with the committal following at Lincoln Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to any charity providing services to children.

Service: Viewing
Date: February 12th, 2019
Time: 4-8p.m.
Place: Gresham Memorial Chapel

Service: Funeral
Date: February 13th, 2019
Time: 1:00p.m.
Place: Sunnyside Foursquare Church 13231 SE Sunnyside Rd, Happy Valley, OR 97015


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    Karin Kraus says

    There aren’t enough words to describe the warm and kind heart of Debbie Reynolds. A women with a heart of gold. Debbie was a second mother to me and I have so many fond memories with her, Tara, and Kristin. Her home was the heart of everything from the moment you walked in you were greeted with her contagious smile. She was always there for her family, friends, and anyone who came into her presence.. Debbie was so generous and loving. I feel so blessed to have had her in my life. She will be missed beyond measure. I love Debbie Reynolds. Thank you for opening your home and heart to me.

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    Ed and Bonnie Vann says

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to you Tara and your family during this difficult time of loss. Just remember the wonderful memories of your mom will last forever…..

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    Sherri Richardson says

    Your mother will be with you always, in your hearts and memories as you remember the great times you had together. Honor her life by cherishing those memories. She will be sorely missed. Love and prayers.

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    Liz O’Brien says

    So very sorry for your loss. Debbie was a beautiful, talented and gracious lady. Her deep love of family and friends was evident, as well as her devotion to helping young people. She left us much too soon. With loving sympathy, G.A. Cook and Liz O’Brien Cook

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