Deborah Jean Norris went home to Heaven on July 28, 2023, surrounded by her family and loved ones. She was born on January 19,1956, at Brookley Air Force Base in Mobile, AL.
Debbie was preceded in her journey by her husband of 49 years, Russell Norris and her father, Don Young. She leaves behind her mother, Gladys Javes; her siblings, Ron (Lorie) Young, Susan Young, Danelle (Jon) Seubert, and Vicki Moore; her children, Valarie (Lee) Rumbley, Melissa Norris, Ryan (Kourtney) Norris, and Chelsea (Grant) Etheredge; her grandchildren, Olivia Rumbley, Owen Rumbley, Millie Rumbley, Liam Norris, Mason Cosgrove, Kennedy Norris, Caroline Etheredge, Karen Norris, Henry Etheredge, Charlotte Etheredge, Russell Norris, and David Etheredge; as well as many dear friends, including Robert Wilkins.
Debbie was a loving and devoted mother. Proverbs 31 tells us that the ideal woman is virtuous, strong, and selfless. This perfectly describes the sacrificial love she displayed to her children. She loved worship music, and her children remember her praying for them quite often. She was a Christian and had an abundant love for her Savior. We take comfort in knowing she is free from the pain and suffering of this world and has redeemed her reward in Heaven. Many of her friends would describe her as witty with a wonderful sense of humor. She enjoyed spending time with her friends and loved to dance. She was very creative and artistic. She loved to work on projects around the house and in her yard and was a gifted seamstress. She loved teaching others and was constantly learning about new things. Debbie could do just about anything she set her mind to. She truly made the world a more beautiful place.
Debbie was a discerning and intelligent woman. She was an LPN for many years and worked her way to her Bachelor’s in Nursing degree. She remained at the very top of her class in nursing school and won the spirit of nursing award when she received her degree at The University of South Alabama in 1995. She touched many lives as a nurse in various roles but predominately worked as a home health and home infusion nurse for many years. She loved to comfort patients in their own home environment and made deep connections with many long-term patients. She was truly a gifted nurse and an inspiration to her children, all of whom have worked in the medical field. Her compassion and advocacy for her patients and others will leave a lasting impression on many. Debbie moved and inspired us all with her decision to be an organ donor. Through her death, she will affect nearly 100 lives as an organ and tissue donor. This will leave a lasting legacy and this heroic act will give hope to many.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, August 3, 2023, at Hughes Funeral Home, 26209 Pollard Road, Daphne, AL, at 10:15AM. The family will receive friends for a time of visitation beginning at 9:00AM. Graveside services will follow at 12:00PM at Valhalla Cemetery, 8730 Sims Road, Eight Mile, AL.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made in Debbie’s memory to Donate Life America at https://donatelife.net/donation/types/deceased-donation/ or to LifeQuest at https://lifequestfla.org/ living-donation/
Expressions of condolences for the family may be made at www.hughesfh.com. Hughes Funeral Home, 26209 Pollard Road, Daphne, AL, is assisting the family.