Deborah Dorothy Hill (1954 - 2016)

  • "God, how I miss you Debi! It was actually a very hard..."
    - Karen
  • "Debi was such a great puppy class teacher. We had such a..."
    - Abbey Valentine
  • "Debi and I worked together on 2 North at Whittier Pres, my..."
    - Robin
  • "Debi and I met at Whittier HS when we took a summer drama..."
  • "Debi was an Alaskan Gem...bright and sparkling. Keep on..."

Deborah "Debi" Dorothy Hill passed away peacefully on March 8, 2016, surrounded by many loved ones, after a brief battle with recurrent melanoma. Born on Aug. 24, 1954, in Boston, Mass., to Irvine and Dorothy Hill, Deborah grew up in Whittier, Calif., where she graduated from Rio Hondo College in 1980, with a degree in registered nursing. In 1983, she accepted a contract to work in the United Arab Emirates, which gave her the opportunity to travel in England, Turkey and the Orient. The highlight of her travels was trekking through the hills of Thailand atop an elephant. Upon her return to the United States, Debi began work in Home Health and Hospice where her loving and compassionate nature brought comfort to many families. In 1998, Debi and her youngest sister drove their RV to join their sister and brother in Anchorage, where she felt she had come home. In Alaska, she became very active in the dog training and dog sport community and was an active member of many clubs. All of Debi's dogs are therapy dogs and joined her in many visits to comfort people who were ill and in mourning. She enjoyed crafts, such as quilting, crocheting and tole painting. Debi is remembered for her beautiful smile and laugh. She was a generous and kind friend. She never met a dog she didn't love or who didn't love her. Deborah is preceded in death by her parents, Irvine and Dorothy Hill; and brother, Peter Irvine Hill. She is survived by her sisters, Karen and Elissa Hill of Anchorage; aunt, Beverly Hill of New York; uncle, Daniel Fawcett of California; her dearest friends, Kelley Patton, Patricia Engleman, Michael and Deborah Frost of Anchorage and Emmylea Herring of Austin, Texas; many cousins; countless friends and her beloved shelties, Killian, Jamie, Coal and Ceilidh. A Celebration of Debi's life will be held at 4 p.m on Saturday, March 19, 2016, at St John United Methodist Church, 1801 O'Malley Rd. in Anchorage, followed by a potluck. Please show your love by donating to her favorite charities: Camp Erin (Hospice of Anchorage) and Polar Pug Rescue and Friends. Arrangements by the Alaska Cook Inlet Funeral Services.
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Published in Anchorage Daily News on Mar. 18, 2016