Deborah (Debbie) Thomas Hebert
Debbie Thomas Hebert, 57, died October 10, 2009, in Delta Junction, AK. She was born in Denver, CO, July 16, 1952, to Robert “Bob” and Mary Sue Bebee Thomas.
Debbie leaves behind her husband, Gerard “Jerry” Joseph Hebert; and grandsons, Brett Jenkins of Delta Junction and Joey Jenkins of New Britain, CT. She is survived by her mother Sue Thomas of Canon City, CO; sister, Cynthia “Cindy” Thomas (Robert Vaage) of Anthem, AZ; and brother, Terrance “Terry” (Pamela) Thomas of Colorado Springs, CO. She is preceded in death by her father (January 1, 2009); her grandparents, Alfred Henry Sr. and Nettye (Nicholson) Bebee of Victor, CO; and Leon G. and Ruth (Andrews) Thomas of Victor, CO.
Debbie grew up in Rifle attending school until her family moved to Glenwood Springs in 1968. She graduated from GSHS in 1970, and Parks Business School in Denver in 1972.
She had an adventurous spirit, leaving Glenwood for the East Coast where she met/married Jerry in 1988. They decided Maine was crowded, auctioned off their belongings (except for an antique claw-foot bathtub), and with pets and tools headed for Alaska – Wasilla first and then Delta Junction.
Debbie and Jerry raised their grandsons, Brett and Joey. She loved their snowshoeing and hiking adventures, hockey, school plays, and having friends over. She loved birthdays and holidays (shooting fireworks on New Years Eve when it was -40 deg) – any event that included decorating and cooking.
Debbie loved growing flowers and gardening, cookouts and fishing on the Alaskan rivers and Colorado mountains. We all enjoyed her company and laughter as stories and poems (Robert Lewis Stephenson and Robert Service) were told around the campfire. Debbie enjoyed showing off the Alaska she loved – the mountains, glaciers, and wildlife and sampling Alaskan halibut, king crab and oysters.
Debbie was a warm, loving, caring, thoughtful person. She made each member of her family and friends feel special and loved. Debbie loved animals and was always surrounded by stray dogs and cats. She was a skilled stained glass artist and enjoyed handcrafting jewelry. She loved cooking and made mean lasagna! She was beloved and is dearly missed by her family and friends. We will cherish and keep her loving memory with us always.
Debbie’s remains will be buried with her father and grandparents in Victor and Colorado Springs this summer.
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