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McFARLANE – Debbie Esther (Steinman)

June 25, 1967 – May 30, 2011

It is with great sadness that we mourn the sudden and tragic passing of our beloved Debbie (Deb) who died at the age of 43 years.

She will be sadly missed by her husband Darren, and their three children, Deanna, Dustin, and Devonna; parents Gordon and Esther Steinman; siblings Dennis, Donald (Lucy), David (Bev), Dale (Julie), Bud (Susan), Darcy (Tracy); “outlaws” Gerry (Joanne), Rob (Melody), Amy (Roger), as well as numerous nieces, nephews, aunts,  extended family and friends.

She was predeceased by infant son Darrison and her siblings, Daniel and Delores.

Deb will be remembered for her tremendous zest for life, amazing sense of humour, compassion and generous nature with all who knew her. With a passion for travel around the globe and a great love of animals, Deb lived every moment of life to the fullest with a kind of vitality rarely seen.

Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Chapel of the Bells (2720 Centre Street North, Calgary, AB) on Friday, June 3, 2011 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

A celebration of Debbie’s life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S, Chapel of the Bells (2720 Centre Street North) on  Saturday, June 4, 2011 at 2:30 p.m.  Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

If friends so desire a memorial tribute may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

In living memory of Debbie McFarlane, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH Telephone: (403) 276-2296.

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  1. Karla Stapleton :

    Darren and family thinking of you all during this difficult time!
    Darlene, Brenda, Rhonda, Karla, Linda Stapleton and families

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  2. Judy & Allan Clark :

    Joanne, Gerry, Darren and the whole family, our thoughts and prayers are with you. Words cannot express our sympathy, from the Gartley families.

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  3. Hayley Carter :

    Dear Debbie,

    My life changed when I met you in grade two at Dr. Coffin school. You were fun and naughty and made me laugh. We grew-up together, laughed together and eventually raised our kids together. I look around at the things in my life and you touched all aspects and angles in a positive and vibrant way. I am heartsick and angry at life from taking you away. Your generous nature and easy going attitude were just some of your finest qualities. I will cherish every memory I have of you my friend.

    Darren and kids, I love you.

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  4. Candace Carter :

    Dear Aunty Debbie,
    I don’t remember life without you, some of my earliest memories are of you laughing and smiling. You have been such a positive impact on my life and you have taught me that there’s always a reason to smile. You and your family mean the world to the Carter’s and that will never change. I love you so much and I know one day I will get to see your beautiful face again.

    Darren, Deanna, Dustin and Devonna,
    know that we are always here for you and we love you. <3

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  5. Robert & Wanda Gartley :

    Our prayers and thoughts are with you Darren, your children and to all extended family throught this difficult time of the loss of Debbie. May God sustain you through this time knowing many prayers are being sent up for you.
    Robert and Wanda

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  6. Lee, Don, Kendall, Derek and Shea Knittle :

    To Darren, De, Dustin and Devona
    know that you are in our hearts, and we are thinking of you all in this sad time, we are here for you always, love you

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  7. Bryan Davidson :

    My thoughts and prayers are with you. So sorry for your loss. Bryan

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  8. Michael and Denise O'Regan, Village of Gagetown, New Brunswick :

    Darren and Family,
    Our deepest sympathy to you all at this sad time. We send our prayers from afar and know that you are all in our thoughts for the days to come.
    Much love
    Michael and Denise

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  9. Sandy Bessey :

    I read about Debbie in the newspaper and was shocked! My sincerest condolences to all of you. Debbie was like the “glue” in the McFarlane/Steinman family. Always able to hold things together. Each one of your lives have been enriched by having her be a piece in your life. You will have tremendous memories of her, as I will also. She will be truly missed.

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  10. Alexandra Hennessy :

    Darren, I am so very sorry for your loss. You and your family will forever be in my prayers!

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  11. Chris Curtis :

    My thoughts and prayers are with you guys in this difficult time. If there is anything you need, please feel free to call and I will do what I can.

    Chris

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  12. Trever and Jolinda Bowman :

    Words seem so inadeqate at this time. Please know that our deepest thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

    Trever and Jolinda

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  13. Beverley Hilton :

    Fresh out of teacher’s college, I had my first class at Dr. E. W. Coffin Public School. I taught half time and shared that class with Gerry Sharpe the Principal. Debbie was a member of that grade 6 class. I remember her well and with fondness. She was a great kid: funny, engaging and generous. I was fortunate to have been able to see Debbie and her classmates as young adults at a reunion of that class. Debbie helped to organize and make that reunion happen. In my time knowing Debbie, she demonstrated, in many ways, that being ‘connected’ to others was really important to her. I cannot believe that she is gone. I feel so terribly saddened by her passing. I will never forget her. My condolences go to Debbie’s family, friends and her old classmates.

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  14. Sandi Christensen :

    Debbie was an amazing person, she had a wonderful sense of adventure. I loved how she lived life to the fullest.
    Our prayers and loving thoughts are with you all at this difficult time. God Bless you.

    Rob, Sandi & Nicole Christensen

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  15. Rose (Harmes) and Dave Legge of Cow Bay, Nova Scotia :

    Dear Darren and Family,

    We are keeping you close at heart during this time of loss and sadness.

    Rose and Dave

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  16. Shirley Byer-Curtis :

    Darren and family, Gerry, Joanne, Rob, Amy and families – My sincere condolences on your loss of Debbie. She was a beautiful vibrant lady and she will be missed by many. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Shirley and family

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  17. David & Jean Coates :

    Jean and I would like to offer our condolences to you and your family at this sad time. You are all in our prayers, as is Debbie.
    David and Jean

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  18. Ms. Sheri Wigmore :

    I am extremely saddened to hear of your loss. I remember your family with fondness from Devonna’s time at Ecole Edwards. My thoughts and prayers are with all of your family.

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  19. Jillian Grant-Manuel :

    Darren and family – Our thoughts and prayers are with you – Jillian, Mark and Alexander

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  20. Wendy Phillips James Gillespie Sharon Fowler :

    We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you and in our prayers. All our love, Wendy Phillips, James Gillespie and Sharon Fowler

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  21. curt and gail graham :

    You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Treasure your memories! We will always remember Deb as full of life, loving and giving.
    All our love,
    Uncle Curt and Aunt Gail

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  22. Charlie & Norma Wright :

    Rarely in life do we meet such a treasure as Debbie. What a wonderful zest for life. Darren, our prayers are with you, Deanna, Dustin and Devonna today expecially, and in the days ahead as you find your way. May God hold you close at this time.
    Charlie & Norma

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  23. Heather Graham-Foster :

    Darren & family – thinking of all of you today, you are in my thoughts and prayers. Heather, Nathaniel & Lily

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  24. Val and Stan Sampson :

    So many memories. After Deanna was born, on the way home from the hospital, Deb and Darren came to our house to show off “ten little fingers and ten little toes” – both bursting with pride. One time I admired a sweat shirt Deb had, she whipped it off and gave it to me. Life will never be he same.

    Val and Stan Sampson

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  25. Brenda Wallace and David Layton :

    Debbie came into our lives at Simon Fraser Jr. High where she became one of our very special students and then again when Darren and she came to our home for the grad party for Darren’s Navigation CYA standard. Again we enjoyed their wonderful hospitality for Darren’s 40th. Her loss will be shared by so many of us whose lives were touched by her magic!!!

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  26. Donna Carter :

    Darren and family

    My heart is aching for you in your sudden loss. Debbie had big influence on many people as she walked through her life. Her smile and laugh were contagious. She will be sadly missed and always loved and never forgotten in our hearts.

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  27. Neil Coutney :

    To all of the Steinmans,

    Debbie was the greatest of the greatest person I’ve ever met, an absolute angel here on earth among us. Every time I was with her she filled me with her warmth and that beautiful personality that made me yearn to become more like her. Her smile and presence filled me with happiness everytime I was around her. Debbie made me feel worthy and glad to be human. It is impossible for me to express how overcome I am, and I haven’t stopped thinking about Debbie since this terrible accident has happened. I extend our thoughts to your family and want you all to know we are with you in heart and spirit. God bless all of you from all of my heart.

    Love, Neil and Chantal Coutney, Hanover Ontario.

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  28. Neil Coutney :

    To Darren and family,

    Debbie meant an aweful lot to me and I want to tell you that my heart goes out to you and the kids. Debbie is someone who made the world very special anytime and all the time, and I’ll never forget that. So I send all of our love and compassion to you and your kids. Remember there is an afterlife and Debbie will be there for all of us.

    Love,
    Neil and Chantal Coutney, Hanover Ontario.

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  29. Jesica (Wilmot) Ramler :

    Our prayers are with you Darren, your children, and your extended family. I have been thinking of all of you this week and wish you strength. I have yet to meet another person who had a Christmas tree in every room in her house! Debbie had such joy in her and I will never forget that about her.

    (((HUGS)))
    Jesica, Ryan, Vaeda and Everleigh Ramler

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  30. I am so sorry to hear of Debbie’s passing. My thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

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