Debra Lynn <I>Chipps</I> Kirby

Debra Lynn Chipps Kirby

Death 13 Dec 2007 (aged 50)
Burial Fort Richardson, Anchorage Borough, Alaska, USA
Memorial ID 50204134 · View Source
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SRA US Air Force

Anchorage Daily News
December 19, 2007

Anchorage resident Debra Lynn Kirby, 50, died Dec. 13, 2007, at home after a five-year battle with colon cancer. Her husband and friend were at her side.

Visitation will be at 9:30 a.m. Friday with a funeral at 10:30 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Chugach Stake Center, 2240 Baxter Road.

Debra Chipps was born April 30, 1957, in Morgantown, W. Va., to Delbert Kenneth Chipps and Ruth Lucille Mitter. She lived in West Virginia until she joined the U.S. Air Force in 1978. Upon completion of her technical training at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., she was transferred to Okinawa, Japan, where she met her husband, Allen Lee Kirby. They were married Aug. 26, 1980, in the Washington, D.C., Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Debra left the service just before the birth of their first daughter, Ruth, and became a homemaker and a day-care provider. In 1988, she accompanied her husband to Anchorage, where they lived on base, then in Eagle River until 1995. In 2002, they returned to Alaska to finish raising their 10 children.

Debra earned an associate's degree with honors from the University of Alaska Anchorage. "Debbie was a fantastic seamstress and outstanding hostess," her family wrote. "Her kitchen was always the center of attention, and she loved preparing meals for her friends and family. She loved to collect salt and pepper shakers and has over 110 sets from all around the world. "Loved by all, she had a wonderful sense of humor and early loved children. She ran a home day-care for over 15 years until cancer forced her to give up her license for a time.

She had a great faith in God and lived a life of honorable Christian service. While stationed in Mississippi with her husband, she once sewed over 140 lap quilts that were given to local rest home occupants.

"She served as a newspaper carrier for the Anchorage Daily News and was once recognized as carrier of the year. She was a strong support to her husband and her family. A loving grandmother to six grandchildren, she would sit and read to her children and grandchildren from the holy Scriptures each night, instilling in them a love for God and country."

She served as a Cub Scout leader when her sons were small and was directly involved in helping her son Aaron earn his Eagle Scout award.

She is the mother of eight natural children and two children that she and Allen adopted through the State of Alaska, and grandmother to six grandchildren.

Debra was preceded in death by her mother and grandmothers on both sides of her family. She will be buried at Fort Richardson National Cemetery with veteran's honors. Her son Adam received her burial flag.

Arrangements were by Kehl's Forest Lawn Mortuary and Crematory.

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