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BROOKS, Deborah “Debbie” Lorraine (nee Swinimer)

March 15, 1953 – December 23, 2011

After a lengthy illness, Deborah “Debbie” Lorraine Brooks beloved wife of Terry of Airdrie, passed away peacefully with her family and friends by her side at Peter Lougheed Centre on Friday, December 23, 2011 at the age of 58 years.

Besides her devoted husband Terry, Debbie is survived by three children, Tammy (Les), Tina and Fred (Staci); cherished grandchildren, Cassidy, Taylor, Cade, Paige, Taryn, Peighton, Hailey and Sydney – also known as Nanny’s eight angels. Debbie is also lovingly remembered by her sisters Ardiene, Patti and Paula; brothers, Vince, Ken and Gary; numerous nieces and nephews; as well as chosen family, Richard, Noreen, Robbie (Stacey) and Paula (Darius) and children. She was truly an inspiration to everyone who had the privilege of knowing her. She will be deeply missed.

All friends and family are invited to celebrate Debbie’s life and legacy at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Thursday, December 29, 2011 at 2:30 p.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Alberta Lung Association, P.O. Box 4500, Station South, Edmonton, AB T6E 6K2 Telephone: 1 (888) 566 – 5864. www.ab.lung.ca. We wish to thank the dedicated nurses and staff of Unit 39 of Peter Lougheed Centre for their care and compassion in Debbie’s care.

“Nanny we love you forever and ever.”

In living memory of Debbie Brooks, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.

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  1. It breaks my heart that aunt Deb lost her fight mom (Ardiene) kept us updated daily on how she was doing and it often sounded better.

    Aunt Deb I will always remember you as the funny witty sarcastic lady I wanted to be like growing up.
    I will always remember you and mom tieing up the phone lines for hours and i would nag “when are you getting off!”, your summertime Christmas gifts and your love for your family, you always kept us updated with pictures of everyone it didn’t matter that we hadn’t gotten to see you in years we have always felt close.

    You were an amazing kind, funny and loving woman. You will be missed by many, more that you could ever know.
    Love you forever,
    Your niece, Jenni

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  2. Tom and Cathy Mombourquette[McNamara] cousin :

    Fred, Tammy, Tina and families, we are very sorry for the loss of your mom, and Terry for the loss of a dear wife. Iam sure the grandchildren are also very heartbroken. There is not much we can say to take away the pain of such a loss, but I can say I have happy memories from our childhood. She was always a lot of fun as you well know. Hopefully she is having tea with her Mom and Eileen and my mom [Mary] Love you all. Cathy and Tom

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  3. We would very much like this read at Debs Memorial as a tribute from our family.

    We as Debbie’s cousins and Uncle are so very saddened by her passing. We remember the great times we spent together at our home (Aunt Mary and Uncle Geralds) as kids and teenagers. Debbie had an infectious personality and had us continually laughing and in good spirits. Her Mom (Our Aunt Betty) was also regular a regular fixture in our home. We shared many great times and many special memories. We all remember Tammy and Tina as little babies. (As a shock to me I didn’t realize how close in age I am (Paula) to Tina and Tammy. They always seemed so much younger. Fred was born and they lived out west for most of the time. But frequent pictures of the handsome little guy, now handsome big guy were sent to us. Please know we share in your loss and wish you all peace and comfort. We are there in spirit with you and we know your Mom is now at peace in heaven with her Mom and Dad and all her Aunts, Cousins and family gone before her. May she rest in peace. The McNamara Family.

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  4. My thoughts and prayers are for Debbie’s loving family.

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  5. My thoughts and prayer’s are with Debbie’s loving family.

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  6. Tina MacDonald (nee Rose) :

    my sincere sympathies goes out to all of Debbie’s family at this very difficult time… you all will be in my thoughts and prayers

    rest in peace, Debbie..

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  7. Connie (Roache) Riggins :

    OMG!!! I am so sorry to hear of Debbie’s death…When we were young we hung out together. She was a wonderful young lady even back then…My heartfelt condolences to you all…so sad..

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  8. terry,debbie and all of us are so blessed to have you in our lives,its so hard to say good-bye to my sister deb thank-you for being the sister who was always full of surprises,didnt see you for 3 or 4 years,next thing i know you would be knocking on my door in the middle of the night,wanting a cup of tea i will so miss that you were a wonderful mom,no mom could be any more proud of her children than you were,a wonderful grandmother,the stories you told always made me feel as though i was right there enjoying them with you,you once told me your biggest fear is that your grandkids would never know their family in nova scotia,i will do everything possible to keep in touch with all of them to let them and terry,tammy,tina and fred and families know how much we love them and even though we live far away i will always just be a phone call away that is my promise to .i will miss you forever,thank you for all your love,laughter and being the best big sister ever,love and miss you forever your baby sister paula

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  9. To all of Debbie’s family, my thoughts and prayers go out to you.
    Rest in Peace, Debbie!

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  10. What a honor it is to have such an amazing woman in all your lives, smile knowing there is a piece of her strength, compassion, and love inside each of you to live on. My deepest sympathy to all of you. Miss ya Deb.

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  11. NOREEN&RICHARD GILCHRIST :

    IF TEARS COULD BUILD A STAIRWAY AND MEMORY A LANE WE’D WALK RIGHT UP TO HEAVEN AND BRING YOU HOME AGAIN.

    YOU WILL BE SO SO MISSED OUR SWEET FRIEND.

    LOVE NOREEN AND RICHARD

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  12. uncle harold and cousin karen :

    Out thoughts are with all the family at this difficult time.

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  13. Debbie will always be in my heart-she was like a sister when we were younger Tina is named after me–my sympathy to the family

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  14. All my prayers are with you all at this sad time may God bless you all

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  15. Lots of hugs Terry, Tammy, Tina, Fred and families. Will miss you Sis

    Love Patti

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  16. Gerald & Paul Mcnamara :

    Always remembered and loved, our prayers are with your family.

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  17. To the Brooks Family – Please accept our deepest condolences on the loss of Debbie.
    From all of Mary’s Family.

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  18. Laurel Nickerson :

    Paula, Kenny and families –
    So sorry to read of your sister’s passing. It sounds like she struggled and fought the good fight. What a sad time. Please take care of yourselves.

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  19. Bubbles,Nancy,Dianne,Midge,Peewee.Tina,Shirley, Aunt Mary :

    Our sincere sympathies to Terry and his girls our thoughts and prayers are with you rest in peace Debbie. From Aunt Mary girls and their familys.

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  20. Bubbles,Nancy,Dianne,Midge,Peewee.Tina,Shirley, Aunt Mary :

    My sincere apologies for neglecting to include son Fred and his family in our condolence.

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  21. Dear Fred & Staci & family
    My sincere sadness for you on the passing of your mom, Fred. What a long and frustrating battle. I’m so sorry more people have not signed their donor cards.
    I will be with you in prayer and thoughts tomorrow as you celebrate your mom’s life at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY.
    Love from (pastor) robyn

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  22. Ken,Sheila and Family :

    Dearest Terry, Tammy, Tina, Freddie and families. Just want to let you know how much we hurt for you at this difficult time. Our hearts are breaking with the passing of Deb. When we think of all the good times we shared, all the trips to the city to pick up Deb, the kids and Terry to bring them home to surprise the family (Deb. always wanted it to be a surprise). She always loved her family and was so very proud of her children and grandchildren. She will be forever missed. Take care and remember we love you.

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  23. To Terry, Tammy, Tina, and Fred:
    I am so sorry to hear about Debbie’s passing. There are no words that can truly ease the pain of your loss. May the memories you hold in your heart bring healing and peace to you at this time of sorrow.
    Barb and Jen

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  24. Jodi & Erin High River, Alta. :

    For Terry, Tina, Tammy, Fred & Kids

    Although its difficult today to see beyond the sorrow, May looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow.

    Thinking of All of you with loving, warm thoughts.

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  25. To Terry, Tammy, Tina,and Fred, so sorry about the passing of your mom, we will miss her dearly. She was a stong lady, she loved her family dearly, and was very proud of her children. I will miss her vists, her smile, her laughter and sitting up all night with her phone calls for 3, 4, sometimes longer. It breaks my heart that you are up there and we are all down here, and we can’t be with you guys to give you hug, kisses and support, but our hearts and prayers are with you all. If you need anything, please give us a call, love ya’s xoxox Love Joanne, Stephen, Mitchell, Melissa and Morgan

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  26. WHAT A WONDERFUL LADY
    THAT LOVED HER FAMILY SOOOO MUCH
    PLEASE ACCEPT MY CONDOLENCES
    AND GOD BLESS YOUR FAMILY

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