Ms. Card was born on November 19, 1951 and passed away February 7, 2015 after a short illness related to her battle with progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP). She was 63 years old.
Deb was born in The Dalles and graduated from The Dalles High School in 1969. After graduation Ms. Card attended Oregon College of Education in Monmouth, OR. She graduated with her Bachelor of Science degree in 1973. While attending college, Deb earned 10 varsity letters in basketball, field hockey, and softball. She was selected in her senior year to play on the All NW Tour Field Hockey Team being the youngest player ever selected. She graduated with honors and was named in the Who’s Who of American Colleges & Universities. She went on to earn her Masters degrees at both OCE and University of Oregon in Eugene, OR.
After college, Debbie settled in Eugene, going on to teach 30 years at the Junior High and Middle School in Cottage Grove, Oregon. She loved teaching and often said that she was really lucky because she got to live her dream. A lover of sports all her life, she officiated in high school and collegiate field hockey, participated in weightlifting, and jogged every day. She was a devoted “Duck” fan and loved to have her sisters and their families stay with her so they could go to football games together.
Ms. Card moved back to The Dalles in 2007 and was diagnosed with PSP in 2008. Debbie loved tropical island paradises and because of her invincible spirit, became a certified scuba diver, visited Maui, Key West, the Bahamas, Belize and Roatan in spite of her disease. She loved to be outside in warm weather and warm climates gardening, building ponds and decks, and doing remodeling projects. She loved the desert and enjoyed going to Las Vegas. She was confined to her electric wheelchair for last four years of her life. During this time, Debbie wrote and published three children’s books dealing with teasing, bullying and family interaction.
Debbie is survived by her sisters, Kathy Emmons and her husband Terry, and Julie Saldivar and her husband, Gene of The Dalles. She leaves numerous nieces and nephews, as well as great nieces and nephews, who love and will miss their “Auntie Deb.” She also leaves behind her god-daughter, Ella Frederick and her son, Ray, of Brooklyn, NY, and many good friends from South Lane School in Cottage Grove and Eugene, and at Flagstone Retirement Center, and the Springs at Mill Creek, both of this city. She was preceded in death by her father, Leonard R. Card, mother, Helen Card Reierson, and sister, Janice Card Carson.
A celebration of Deborah's life will be held in March.
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