Obituary for Deborah K. Josephson
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Deborah K. Josephson

May 24, 1960 ~ September 25, 2017 (age 57)
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May 24, 1960   -   September 25, 2017


Deborah Katherine Josephson, a loyal friend to all and a warrior in and out, passed away on September 25, 2017.  She died peacefully in her home, after succumbing to a courageous battle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). She was younger of two children born to May R. Criswell and John W. Josephson, both parents and her brother Mike Josephson preceded her in death.

Debbie graduated from Clackamas High School in Portland Oregon and went on to work for Pacific Northwest Bell and Qwest in the sales and customer service departments for over 25 years. Most recently she worked at Kaiser Permanente for nearly 10 years. She was an excellent employee obtaining many awards, showcasing her many accomplishments and her tenacious work ethic.

She was a strong courageous woman, who deeply loved her church, family, friends and all four legged babies. She had a deep compassion for any living, breathing thing. Debbie was a wonderful daughter who showed patience, love and compassion for her mother whom she cared for until her passing in late 2015.

Debbie loved life to the fullest. Her interaction with people was full of wit and sassiness. She was a sensitive person, humbled by her friends or for anyone who just needed a hand. Her love for people was evident in the way she treated and respected others in spite of their circumstances. Debbie had an amazing sense of humor with a laugh that was loud and boisterous and a heart as big as the moon.

Her passion for gardening was second to none. She often showered her friends with the beautiful flowers she grew. She tickled her intelligence with a good book, foreign movie or exchanging banter with any willing participant. She was always available to help her friends, or anyone who asked. Debbie had an unwavering love for her cats, she loved them and they loved her back unconditionally. They were the children she never had.

There is something that she found to love in every one of us. We must remind ourselves that when we look for her, we can look to the stars at night and we can look into the eyes and hearts of those who knew her and find a little piece of Debbie.

Remembering the good times, her free spirit and her friendship will forever be etched in our souls.

Rest in peace sweet Debbie

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Deborah's memory to The Oregon Humane Society .


 Service Information

Celebration of Life
November 4, 2017

11:00 AM
Sunnyside Little Chapel of the Chimes
11667 S.E. Stevens Rd.
Portland, Oregon 97086

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