Deborah "Debbie" J. Smith, 57, a resident of Sedro-Woolley, passed away on Thursday, January 21st, at United General Hospital.
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Debbie was born on November 20, 1952, in San Diego, California to Charles Robert and Naomi Ruth Bateman. After graduating from San Diego High School, Debbie remained in the area working as a retail clerk until 1989 when she moved to Washington where she met and married her husband of 20 years, Harlan Smith.
As the oldest and only daughter of five children, Debbie was always the "big"sister and took her role in the family seriously. She asked her mother to move in with her and her husband several years ago which provided comfort to our family knowing that our precious mother/grandmother would not have to live alone.
Debbie loved Jesus and wanted more than anything to show that love to the people that came and went throughout her life. Her son, Paul Aspacio was the shining star in her life and wrote these beautifulwords: Caring, loving, kind, sweet and compassionate; an excellent mother, a beautiful wife, a superb sister, and a wonderful daughter. These are the words I use to describe my best friend and mother, Debbie Smith.
Debbie is survived by her mother, Naomi "Ruth" Bateman of Sedro-Woolley; her husband, Harlan Smith of Sedro-Woolley; her son, Paul Aspacio of San Diego, CA; stepson, Andrew "Ford"and wife Meg Smith of Sedro-Woolley; four brothers and their spouses; Clark and Lisa Bateman of Chester Springs, PA; John and Toni Bateman of Sedro-Woolley; Robert and Mary Bateman of Sedro-Woolley; Charles Bateman of Mount Vernon; Uncles John Morgan; Phillip Bateman, Walter Bateman and Aunt Marsha and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father, Charles Robert Bateman.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, February 13, 2010, 2:00 p.m. at Central Valley Assembly, 1551 RioVista Drive, Burlington, WA 98233 followed by a potluck reception at the church.
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Published in Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company on Feb. 4, 2010