Deborah Kay Collins Campbell

September 3, 1951 - March 5, 2014-

Deborah Kay Collins CampbellDeborah was born in Oregon City, Oregon to Edith Ainsworth Collins and Paul A. Collins on Sept. 3, 1951. She is preceded in death by her mother Edith and brothers; Michael and David.

Deborah passed away un­expectedly in her sleep at her daughter’s home in Eatonville, WA on March 5, 2014. She was a daughter, a wife, a best friend and the most fabulous mother and nana anyone could ask for. She will be greatly remembered for her caring heart which radiated to all those around her. She left roots in several areas where she touched the communities. She spent half her life in the Canby, Or area.

In 1983 she moved to Mitchell with her daughter and father. She gathered cattle, racked hay fields and helped with all the duties of running a ranch. She met Tom Campbell in Spray, Or., emerging into a marriage on June 27, 1987. She loved living on their cattle ranch in ­Kimberly, Or. An opportunity arose to purchase the ­Kimberly Center and her new venture began. She enjoyed visiting with all the locals and the tourists traveling through. The store led to a postal position under the ­guidance of Gene Campbell. Eventually becoming post master of the ­Kimberly post office, and recently retired with 22+ years. In the past five years she struggled with her health which led her to spending half her time in Washington with her daughter and family. She had a new place she called home on Clear Lake in Eatonville, Wa. She ­enjoyed entertaining, cooking for family and friends ­especially during the football season. She became a football fan all decked out in her Seahawk attire. Not ­necessarily loving the game but the gathering of so many friends and family. She enjoyed watching her grand­children play sports, helping granddaughter Lily decorate her new home and holding her dog Bella.

She leaves behind dad, Paul Collins of Prineville, ­Oregon, husband of 26 years Tom Campbell of Kimberly, Or., his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Daughter and son-in law, Monica and Randy Garoutte of Eatonville Washington, grandchildren Lily Garoutte and Boe Flansburg of Graham, Washington and Hannah and David Garoutte of Eatonville, Washington and numerous extended family members and friends. In the past few weeks the family witnessed a woman who let nothing stop her from thoroughly enjoying life. The night before her passing making her family beef stroganoff a memory they will always cherish. She missed her mother, brothers and good friend Karen Brusse whom she is now reunited with. She will be greatly missed and her family and friends thank her for sharing her life with us. We love you deeply our sweet angel.

A celebration of her life will be held on April 6, 2014 at noon at Meadow Lake Golf Course 300 SW Meadow Lakes Dr. Prineville, Oregon, 97754. In lieu of flowers please make donations to the American Heart Association in memory of Deborah Campbell or your favorite charity. If you are so moved please wear red in honor of Deborah.

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