Debbie Ann Arostigue (1979 - 2018)

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    - Jeri Lyn Salazar
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Debbie Ann Arostigue left us to fly with the angels on July 31, at 10:10 p.m., which is the "Angel Number." Therefore, we are certain that she is indeed... flying with the angels.
Debbie was born in San Juan del Rio Queretaro, Mexico, on Oct. 18, 1979.
She grew up with her brother and sisters in a beautiful neighborhood in Santa Ana, California, where the neighbors blocked off the street on the Fourth of July for a community picnic. The children decorated their bikes and participated in a neighborhood bike parade. Debbie of course, raced through the parade to make certain she finished first in true fashion of her competitive spirit.
Debbie graduated from Century High School in Santa Ana, California, in 1998, where she was a top athlete in both basketball and softball. She attended Chico State where she played softball from 2000 to 2002. She served as head softball coach in 2007. Deb earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas, N.M.
Deb didn't have any human children, but she dearly loved her fur babies. Deb had puppies and kitties, and a donkey and horses. They knew her by sight and voice and would come running whenever she arrived home, the donkey braying as if he'd been left alone for a month. They will miss her, but will be lovingly cared for by her partner, Phil.
Deb was a caregiver and worked both at the New Mexico State Hospital and in-home health care. She loved her family and friends fiercely.
Debbie has a large and extended loving family which includes her father, Roger, and his longtime partner Yvonne Lugo; her little brother, Garrick Arostigue, and his wife Myara; sister Claudine and husband James Reagan; and sister Christine and husband Andrew Manson.
She dearly loved her nieces and nephew Farah, Elizabeth, Katherine, Olivia, and Emilio. Her New Mexico family will also miss her beautiful spirit and presence. Phil Salazar, her boyfriend of 6 years, Phil's father, Clarence Salazar whom she referred to as "Pops," Jeri Lyn Salazar, Peter Manzanares, Feliciana Salazar, Nik Salazar, and nieces and nephew Savannah, Donna, Jesse, and Lexi.
Deb has so many friends that we'd need to write a book to include them all. Please know that she loved you ALL and held you close to her heart.
Debbie was preceded in death by her beloved mother, Josie, and wished for her ashes to be buried beside her.
Services for Debbie will be held Wednesday, Aug. 8, 10 a.m., in the Memorial Chapel at the Fairhaven Memorial Park and Mortuary in Santa Ana, California. She will also be laid to rest in San Ignacio, N.M., "The Ranch" where she made her home with her partner Phillip Salazar
We will make certain to let friends and family know when we celebrate her life and invite all who loved her to participate.
If you would like to honor Debbie's spirit, you are welcome to make a donation in her name to the Animal Welfare Coalition of Northeastern New Mexico at 1680 North Grand Avenue, Las Vegas, NM 87701.
Debbie was a free spirit. She lived her life on her terms. Her smile could light up a room. We are heartbroken that Debbie's light was extinguished so young, but very grateful for the opportunity to have walked in that light with her. May her transition be peaceful
She was dearly loved by everyone whose life she touched.
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Published in Las Vegas Optic on Aug. 8, 2018