Obituary from The Independent Record 10/29/2009:
Deborrah Jayne Daehn, of East Helena, loving daughter, mother, sister and grandmother, passed away unexpectedly after a brief illness on Oct. 22, 2009.
Debbie was born on July 20, 1956, to Wallace and Jacqualine Busek Murray in Cortez, Colo. Her younger years were spent in Colorado until 1963, when her family moved to Alaska. She was living in Anchorage when the 1964 earthquake hit. After the earthquake, she and her brother were sent to live with grandparents for a brief time until their parents came from Alaska, and they then lived in Boise, Idaho, then Kennewick, Wash., for a while before moving to Helena in December 1966. In Helena she did the rest of her schooling through high school, graduating in 1974. Debbie then went to Ricks College (now call BYU-Idaho) where she earned an associate degree in education and an associate degree in nursing, graduating in 1979.
Debbie married Kevin Palmer and had three children, Devon, Landon and Andrew. They then divorced.
Debbie then moved back to Helena and began working as a nurse at St. Peter's Hospital, where she spent the next 28 years helping patients through their difficult times. At the beginning of that time, she met and married John Daehn in June 1983; they had a child, Danielle. They spent the next 20 years working at St. Peter's, raising their kids and watching the grandkids start to come. Also along the way they gained many valuable friends and watch their extended family grow.
Debbie is survived by her parents of Helena; her husband, John; her children, Devon, Landon (Myryah) of East Helena, Andrew (Jami) of Helena, and Danielle Andrewsen (Michael) of Anoka, Minn.; grandchildren, Jade and Jay Harrison, Gabrielle and Isabella Daehn and Cameron Andrewsen; brother, Michael Murray (Terri); sisters, Rhonda Ralstad (Brian), Teresa Clark (Donald) and Andrea Huff (Dan).
She was preceded in death by both sets of grandparents.
The family will receive friends between the hours of 5 and 7 p.m. Thursday evening at Retz Funeral Home and beginning at 9:30 a.m. in the Relief Society Room of the church on Friday, Oct. 30. Funeral services celebrating her life will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 30, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints at 1610 6th Ave. Interment will follow at Forestvale Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, an account has been sent up at Valley Bank, P.O. Box 5269, Helena, MT 59604 to help offset medical expenses; or the donor may give to a charity of choice
Wallace Raymond Murray
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