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Obituary: Debra Lynne Phelps Phipps

"Yes, I work!"


- Debra Lynne Phipps, age 45, one of the most dedicated mothers in the world, passed away February 28, 2003, at the University Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah due to complications of heart failure.

Debbie was born May 7, 1957 in Jacksonville, FL to David N. and Tam-ara J. Phelps. During her undergraduate studies at Brigham Young University, she met and married her former husband, David R. Phipps. They are the parents of six wonderful children, Jennifer Lynne (Adam) Johnson, Ann Arbor, MI, Benjamin David, Amanda, Andrew Thomas, Erika Tamara, and Katelyn Mary, all of Fruit Heights.

She is survived by her beloved mother, Tamara; all her children; sister, Karen (Steve) Bastow; brothers, David (Mary) Phelps, Daniel (Cindy) Phelps, Barry Phelps; along with many loving nieces, nephews, and friends. She was preceded in death by her father. She was succeeded in death by her brother, Michael Harvey (Aliete) Phelps. He finished a valiant battle with melanoma only nine hours following Debbie's passing.

One of Debbie's greatest joys in life was to have attained the title of "Grandma." She was thrilled to travel to Michigan last October to welcome her first grandchild, Madelyn Claire Johnson.

She was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served diligently in a variety of callings in the Young Women, Primary and Relief Society auxiliaries. She rejoiced every day in the missionary service of her children, Jennie and Ben, and will do the same from a heavenly vantage point with the upcoming missionary service of her son, Andrew.

Debbie spent 20 wonderful years in the Sacramento, CA area. She leaves behind many treasured friends in the Citrus Heights and Folsom areas. She also loved to spend time with her family and friends in San Francisco, her favorite city on earth.

Debbie was one of the most devoted and selfless mothers ever. She loved her children with all her heart and dedicated her entire life to them. The void in their lives created by her passing can only be filled by their faith and testimonies that the joyous principles of the plan of salvation will bring them together once again.

Services will be Thurs. March 6, 2003, 11 a.m. Fruit Heights LDS Stake Center, 170 N. Mountain Rd, Fruit Heights. Friends and relatives may call at Lindquist's Layton Mortuary, 1867 N. Fairfield Rd, Layton 6-8 p.m. Wed. March 5, 2003. Viewing, Fruit Heights Stake Center 9:30-10:45 a.m. prior to the funeral. Interment, Kaysville City Cemetery, 500 E. Crestwood Rd, Kaysville, UT.

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