Debbie Rickman

Debbie passed away on March 4, 2018 in Spokane, Washington after a two-year long battle against Multiple Myeloma. She maintained her strength, grace, dignity and sense of humor throughout the long fight, and was the epitome of courage and bravery until the end.

She was born in Craigmont, Idaho on September 28, 1953. She spent the majority of her life in the great Northwest. Her family moved from Idaho to Kettle Falls, Moses Lake and St John Washington before coming to Spokane in 1995.

Debbie made a difference in the lives of everyone she touched, and added a spark to every room she entered. Her interests and hobbies were many, including golf, road trips, wine tasting, walking, gardening and the care and feeding of the many hummingbirds that she attracted every year. She loved the Oregon Coast and could spend many hours walking the beautiful beaches and delighting in the sights and sounds. Golfing in British Columbia was a dream come true for Debbie and she went as often as she could. The wines of Walla Walla were long a favorite of Debbie’s and she had many close friends there.

Although she was never able to have children of her own, Debbie had a special place in her heart for the youngsters, and was happiest playing with them on the floor, watching the older ones play sports or just teaching them how much she cared about them. She will be greatly missed by many little ones who called her “Miss Debbie” or “Grandma Debbie”. She was important to so many young lives.

She was an avid golfer and loved her golfing trips with her husband Dave. They were lucky enough to attend three U.S. Open Golf Tournaments together and spending much time golfing across British Columbia, in particular. Watching her “Zags” was a favorite pastime, and you could tell how the game was going by listening mostly to her cheers and clapping. She was also a great favorite fan at many of the Walla Walla Wineries.

Debbie leaves behind her husband of 16 years, Dave; her brothers Wayne (Knar), Steve (Deanna) and Rod (Denise); her “other” parents Larry and Jetty and her cousin Sue, and many beloved family members and friends. She was affectionate, fun and full of laughter. She warmed our souls.

She is now with our Lord and has been joyfully reunited with her parents Kay and Lucille Carrick; and her beloved dog Katy. We know they are all laughing as they watch Katy race through the clouds.

A very special thanks to Rockwood North Oncology, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and the staff and nurses at Hospice House South, who helped care for her in her final days.

Debbie’s Memorial Service will be at Heritage Funeral Chapel on March 17, 2018 at 1 PM. The family suggests that donations be made in her name to Hospice of Spokane.