In Memory

Debbie Trueblood (Leatherman)

She was born Dabney Trueblood on March 29, 1944, but everyone knew her as Debbie.

Mr. Plum, who taught Driver's Education, was her favorite teacher in high school.

She married Gary Leatherman in 1961 while still attending Valley High School.

Their family eventually settled in Beaumont, California where they lived, raising their family before moving out of state to Washington in the late 70's. After her children were grown, Debbie discovered she had a passion of caring for the elderly and considered them her extended family.

She and Gary loved riding motorcycles, especially while living in Washington.

Pam Rickman Jessee, her lifelong best friend moved to Washington in 2007 to be near Debbie after her cancer diagnosis.

Debbie lost her fight with cancer on April 16, 2009 and is survived by her husband, Gary Leatherman, four of their five children and many grandchildren.

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11/27/13 09:29 AM #1    

Lynda Goff (Maloney)

My friend, Debbie, was always one of the most caring, down-to-earth people that I would ever be given the privilege of knowing and loving in my lifetime.

So very thankful Marianna and I followed our hearts and made that week trip to Washington before Debbie left this world, to be able to just walk with her along the river where she would go just to think and enjoy the outdoors on her good days. Then finding that huge swing by the lake where we sat, talked and watched the boats.

I will also never forget the 50s malt shop where she wanted to go to once again to enjoy an old fashioned chocolate malt, french fries and really good hamburger together like the ones we used to get at Gracie's across the street from Lathrop Jr. High, while listening once again to a table juke box full of all the old songs.  Debbie, Pam, Marianna and I laughed so much that day remembering and talking about our lives and friendship over the years that I think the people in the restaurant thought we were all crazy (and rightly so) before we left. 

Then, with tears in our eyes, Marianna and I had to fly home never to see Debbie again on this earth. But, oh, what memories we all shared and brought back to life for that short time, never to be forgotten again!

Thank you, Debbie, for your love and you on the other side one day,


08/03/15 04:16 PM #2    

Glenda K. Hardcastle (Jansson)

So sorry that cancer has taken a lovely person. 

08/05/15 07:46 PM #3    

Jean Louise Powell (Wright)

Beautifully written Lynda and a fine tribute for your friend.

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