Deborah Lynn Paashuis

11 August , 195930 June , 2019
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PAASHUIS, Deborah Lynn (nee Faul) Passed away peacefully following a courageous battle with Multiple Sclerosis, with family by her side at Lakeridge Health – Bowmanville, on Sunday, June 30th, 2019 at the age of 59 years. Loving mother of Amanda Gauthier (Kyle), Amber Robinson (Chris), Ashley Paashuis (Justin) and Adam Paashuis. Cherished grandmother of Connor, Evan, Claire and Samuel. Raised in Oshawa by her parents, Frances Huston and the late Lorne Faul (2015). Survived by her siblings Rex Faul (Jill) and Randy Faul. She enjoyed time with family and friends and left an impression on the heart of everyone that crossed her path. Thank you to Dr. Aubrey Kassirer and the nursing team at Lakeridge Health – Bowmanville, the caring staff at Wynfield Long Term Care and Nancy Ayward-Mackie for all their care and compassion. Visitation will be held at COURTICE FUNERAL CHAPEL, 1587 Highway #2, Courtice (905-432-8484) on Friday, July 5th from 10:00 a.m. until time of Funeral Service in the Chapel at 11:00 a.m. Interment at the Bowmanville Cemetery. Donations may be made to MS Society.


  • Visitation Friday, 5 July , 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, 5 July , 2019


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Lynda Horgan

5 July 2019

I am so sorry to hear of the death of your Mom.Debbie was one of the kindest,most gentle people I hav e ever met.whenever we spoke it was if we had just spoken the day before..I will miss her.our heartfelt thoughts are with you .Lynda ,Dave Horgan and family

Yolanda Paashuis

3 July 2019

Dear Amanda, Amber, Ashley, and Adam,
I still remember when I first met your mom and how beautiful I thought she was. Over time, I learned how much strength, beauty and love she had inside. She especially loved each of you and wanted so much for you. When I see each of you, I see your mom in you in so many different ways- your faces, your personalities, your strengths, and your love of family. Your mom will always be with you in so many wonderful ways- treasure that!
Lots of love from your aunt Yolanda


When someone is identified as a natural leader, certain images come to mind. First thoughts are of a tough-minded, dedicated and disciplined person. This description accurately fits Deborah Lynn Paashuis. She will be remembered as being highly organized, practical and realistic. She was a person who always carried a strong sense of duty with her throughout her life. Deborah was an individual who clearly communicated to those around her just who she was and what she was all about. Everyone acquainted with Deborah knew her as a well-respected woman who was a stable force in her community.

Deborah was born on August 11, 1959 at Oshawa General Hospital in Oshawa, Ontario. Her parents were Lorne Faul and Francis Huston. Deborah was raised in Oshawa, with two older twin brothers Rex and Randy Faul.
As a young girl, Deborah enjoyed being part of teams, and organizations and groups of other kids who shared similar interests. She was a camp counsellor for the City of Oshawa. In her spare time she liked to read fictional novels, ride her bicycle, and play with neighbourhood friends. Deborah's memorable achievements included honour roll, choir music award, and instrumental award.

In school, Deborah was as close to being a model student as one could possibly imagine. She sought to achieve perfect attendance in all of her classes. She would eagerly complete her homework, and often put in extra study time when she felt it was necessary. A logical and focused thinker, Deborah was always good at following directions and meeting her schedules, whether they were set by her teachers or were self-imposed. Deborah’s personal motto could well have been, “Do it right the first time.” She graduated from Donovan High School in 1978. She enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. Her favorite classes in high school were English and music.

Deborah was sociable and approachable. She enjoyed the camaraderie of being with a group of friends. While growing up, some of her best friends were Lori Keys, Susie Ayotte, and Audrey MacMillan. Later in life, she became friends with Nancy Aylward Mackie.

An objective and conscientious individual, Deborah reveled in the security of her family. On September 1, 1979, Deborah exchanged wedding vows with Lawrence Martin Paashuis at the Harmony United Church of Oshawa, Ontario. One of Deborah’s most endearing qualities was her uncanny ability to remember important dates and anniversaries, and her unending enthusiasm for organizing a celebration for her family and friends.

Deborah was ever watchful of her children. She worried about them and was deeply concerned for their development as they grew up. She maintained a firm hand in their upbringing. Deborah would give her stamp of approval to their requests, as long as she could see how they might benefit. She also had the ability to enforce the rules as needed to ensure that her children were properly raised. Deborah was blessed with four children; Amanda, Amber, Ashley, and one son Adam. They were also blessed with three grandsons, and one granddaughter, Connor, Evan, Samuel, and Claire.

Deborah approached her leisure time in the same manner that she approached her life. A person who enjoyed being neat and orderly and one who understood the nature of things, she appreciated the hours she was able to devote to her various hobbies. Her favorite pursuits were traveling with family, listening to music, watching her children participate in sports, and shopping. Deborah was content to enjoy her favorite pastimes alone but was also willing to share her interests with others.

Faith was important to Deborah. She held high moral standards and was worried about the moral decay she saw around her. For that reason, she held deep spiritual beliefs that she was willing to share. She was a member of Westminister United Church and Kedron United Church. During that time, she enjoyed reading from the bible.

When it came time to travel or take a vacation, Deborah used her scheduling expertise to make sure everyone and everything was ready to go. That also meant that she made certain no single person was overworked in putting the trip together. Deborah had a knack for making sure that everyone who was involved had their specific tasks and that those tasks were completed. Favorite vacations included Florida, St. Jacob's, and Stoney Lake.

Deborah was a lover of animals and cherished her pets. One of Deborah’s favorites was Cody, a cockapoo. They were best friends for 12 years. Deborah also enjoyed her pet lovebirds.

Deborah passed away on June 30, 2019 at Bowmanville hospital after a long battle against Multiple Sclerosis. She was very strong and courageous. She is survived by her children Amanda (Kyle), Amber (Chris), Ashley (Justin), and Adam. Services were held at Courtice Funeral Chapel. Deborah was laid to rest in Bowmanville Cemetery.

All who knew her would agree that Deborah was a pillar of the community. She lived her life with her feet firmly on the ground. She had a strong work ethic, was pragmatic in her thoughts and acts, and constantly sought the means for self-improvement. She was willing to share her ideas and knowledge for the benefit of others, so that they could accomplish more in their lives. Deborah Lynn Paashuis did her best to ensure that her family, friends, loved ones, and everyone whose life she touched was given the chance to become a better person.