Deborah Kaye Jackson (1954 - 2017)

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Deborah Kaye Jackson, age 62, passed away peacefully after a long battle with early onset dementia on Thursday, May 25, 2017 at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage, Alaska surrounded by her children.
Debbe was born on October 6, 1954 in Evansville, Indiana, the first child of Harold and Suanne. She was a quiet child who found adventure and inspiration as a passionate reader. She also loved cooking, singing and, as the oldest child of a large family, she took pride in nurturing her many siblings. The family moved many times during her childhood and Debbe happily found new libraries to explore in Utah, Colorado, Kentucky, Indiana, and California.
Debbe graduated high school in 1973 and briefly attended college in Weed, California before joining the Navy in 1974, where she served as a communications intercept operator (aka Wizard) at a remote intelligence outpost in Adak, Alaska. It was this posting that fueled a lifelong love for Alaska and she always vowed to return.
Debbe left the Navy in 1976, before the birth of her first child, and moved to Orem, Utah where she received an associate's degree in robotics. There she met her husband Charles Stanley Vick. They were married in 1979, and welcomed three more children into the world over the course of their six year marriage.
Over the years, Debbe put her Navy training and robotics degree to work as an engineering technician for DOWL, Apple, and HP while focusing all her time and attention on raising her four children as a single parent. She was a warm person who instilled her love of singing, her passion for reading, her secret for perfect pie crust, and her dedication for family in her children. In July 2000, she was able to fulfill her dream of returning to Alaska when she moved to join her daughter Mandy in Juneau on the eve of the birth of her first grandchild.
In Juneau, Debbe thrived as she pursued her desire to help people by working first for City Center Chiropractic and then for REACH as a direct service provider. She was a strong advocate for people with disabilities and loved both working with them directly and training others on how to provide the best services and care.
With family as her focus, Debbe was a proud and dedicated grandmother of nine, never missing a school event or opportunity for a sleep over. She was often seen around town with a grandchild -- or several -- in tow and volunteered regularly at the Juneau Community Charter School where many of them attended. She also doted on her many nieces and nephews and lamented living such a great distance from them.
She will be deeply missed by her family, friends and all who knew her.
Debbe was preceded in death by her father Harold Jackson, stepbrother Michael Sayles, and her sister Svann Langford. She is survived by her mother Suanne Breithaupt, her siblings Kevin Jackson, Julie Wright, Paul Jackson, David Jackson, and Michael Jackson, her stepbrothers Dan, Jeff and Chris Sayles, her children Mandy Judy, Charlene Tobel, Donovan Jackson, and Kevin Vick, and her grandchildren, Eli, Esme and Isaac Judy, Elexa, Aurora, Ethan, Makala, and Makenna Tobel, and Alura Williams, as well as many extended family members and friends.
A Celebration of Life for Debbe will be held on Saturday, July 8th at 1pm at Northern Lights Church. A tea reception will follow in the fellowship hall. In Lieu of flowers please consider donating to REACH at 213 Third Street, Juneau, AK 99801.
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Northern Lights Church of Christ
645 11th Ave
Fairbanks, AK 99701
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Published in The Juneau Empire from July 4 to Aug. 3, 2017