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.