It is with a heavy heart that we, the family, must announce the passing of Debra Ann Dunwoody on August 31, 2021. She started life in Tokyo, Japan, the daughter of Ken and Karen Dunwoody(Nelson) while Ken was stationed there in the US Army. However, she was a true NorCal girl and lived some of her early life in San Francisco, Daly City,and Guerneville. She developed her life-long love of camping and the Russian River environment while vacationing and living in Guerneville. However, she lived most of her childhood in Campbell, CA. where she graduated from Campbell High. She then received an AA degree from DeAnza College.She started a career at the Welfare Department in Santa Clara County (and later in Sacramento). It was a fitting occupation in that she always felt great sympathy and compassion for those that were less fortunate and those that needed help.Her three children, Alexandra (Ali), Maria, and Luis were certainly the light of her life. The bond they all shared remained as strong as steel from the moment of their births to the day of her passing. It will remain forever for her survivors.We would be remiss not to mention some of her many fine qualities. She could find the humor in most situations and, therefore, laugh at life's little foibles. Her love of, and concern for her family and friends (and, yes, strangers, too) knew no bounds. Even when there were tough times (as happens to us all), she could remain generous to all. With all that, she never asked for anything in return.There was no better home chef than Debbie. She knew everything there was to know about cooking. She had no limits to the type and style of food she would prepare, and all was done authentically and deliciously. As her brother, Kevin would say, "It was the best you'll ever have!"From Debbie's children: Alex, Maria, and Luis and their spouses, Cameron and Jake; from Debbie's parents, Karen and Dick; from Debbie's siblings, Kevin, Kent, and Kim and their spouses, Colleen and Tony; from her grandkids, Maya, Bradley, Jaxson, Liam, and Helena; from her nieces and nephews, Michaela, Shannon, Kris, Melissa, and Michael; from her Uncle and Aunt, George and Lori Nelson; we say to you:Dearest Debbie, We are all forever better for your presence, and all forever lessened by your absence.Because of the ever changing Covid protocols, there are no formal plans at this time. Please donate in Debbie's name to a charity of your choice
Published by Times Herald Online on Sep. 12, 2021.