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Debra Anne Swisshelm

3 décembre 197813 août 2020
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Debbie was born December 3rd, 1978, the second of four children of Jim and Karen Baird. Debbie grew up with her older brother Jeff and younger sisters Jennifer and Christy. Her siblings were close in age and heart as they each progressed through life’s stage gates with great success. Debbie also maintained a close relationship with her cousin Lisa. Their adult relationship flourished as Debbie had the opportunity to work with Lisa at a medical conference in Manhattan two years back, creating lifelong memories. Debbie graduated from West High School in 1997 and completed her education with a master’s degree from The University of Tennessee. For the past 10 years Debbie served her community pursuing her passion of impacting the lives of at-risk children as the Clinical Case Manager for The Tennessee Center of Excellence. Debbie had a 15-year loving marriage with Nathan. They met on a snowy winter day when they were both still in college and they were engaged and married shortly thereafter. They moved away for a few years, to Atlanta and Mobile but managed to move back weeks before Jakob was born. Debbie was the proud mother of two wonderful boys, Jakob (11) and Raylan (8). She enjoyed raising them to be smart and athletic. She imparted her joy of all holidays, but especially Christmas. She worked to create many holiday traditions that will live on through time. Debbie was privileged to have the opportunity to share a yearly goal for each boy called “my wish for you”. These thoughts will be shared with each boy each year. Debbie’s love of art began at a young age, with paintings and drawings in her collection that date back to elementary school. Debbie’s style and technique increased in sophistication through the years, landscape and scenic watercolor pieces transitioned to bold abstract art that incorporated complex textures. Every room in Debbie’s house has select pieces that stood up to the influx of new art each year. She also enjoyed painting pieces as gifts for friends and family and even worked with her sister Jennifer to sell art as part of the commercial interior decorating business. Many of Debbie’s favorite pieces will be on display at her Celebration of Life. In recent years Debbie found peace and joy in the garden. Inspired and mentored by Jon and Kristin, Debbie’s lifelong love of pumpkins and decorative gourds yield an annual fall decorating nirvana. This year’s crop of pumpkins is set to be the largest harvest yet with three of coveted Cinderella pumpkins currently on the vine. Many of Debbie’s best gourds will be on display in her urn arrangement. Nathan and the boys plan to honor Debbie by continuing and expanding the garden. Debbie’s garden legacy will live on as her canning supplies pass to the boys so they can go on and create new pickle, pizza sauce and tomato sauce recipes. Debbie was known for her calm and cool under pressure disposition. Her thoughts were often insightful and always humorous. This was grounded in her philosophy of peace and compassion. Debbie loved elaborate pranks and would patiently wait for the perfect plot to unfold. Anyone that was wound too tight would usually get a thoughtful joke aimed at encouraging them to relax and not take things too seriously. If Debbie could tell you one thing important to her, she would tell us to treat each other well, to look out for one another, and embrace the beauty in life’s imperfection.

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  • Visitation & Reception

    samedi, 22 août , 2020

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Debra Anne Swisshelm

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Suzi Maner

22 août , 2020

As I read this beautiful story of Debbie’s life, I was awash with memories of Debbie and her wonderful family. I am so blessed that I knew them all and consider them my friends. Debbie was a charming, witty and loving person. She was always kind and considerate when we were together. As I am sure, each member of her family will miss her but you can rest in the knowledge that you will be together with her again. She has left a mark on my heart.

My love and condolences go out to Nathan and the boys and to Jim and Karen and the rest of the family. I love each of you.

Valerie Wann

22 août , 2020

Debbie was such a thoughtful, delightful person who my children had the good fortune to appreciate when she was their sitter / nanny. Olivia, Riley and I are so saddened to learn that she lost her battle with cancer. Our deepest sympathies are with her husband, children and family. Valerie Wann

Cindy Bryant

22 août , 2020

Debbie was always a sweet mom to encourage Jacob that he could do anything! She was a big support his kindergarten year of school. She will be missed.

Steve GREENWAY

21 août , 2020

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.
The Greenway's and Valentine's

Cheryl Bynum

21 août , 2020

Karen,

I have no words. Just a broken heart for you, Jim, and the children.

Dave, the children and I send our love.

The Bynums

Tina Harness

21 août , 2020

Words are difficult, even if they are typed out. Jim, Karen, Jeff, Jennifer and Christy... you were all so blessed to have had such a wonderful sister and daughter. She was a pleasant soul and has impacted many in her life. And to her husband and boys, 💔 try and hold on to all the great memories and remember that though her life was way too short, she lived it well. And now she is well and living with the Lord above. You all will see her again, remember and look forward to that day as you continue to live yours lives. I so enjoyed watching the memorial video as tears rolled down my cheeks. She was such a beautiful lady, inside and out. Karen and Jim, such great parents. Love you all, TinaHarness

Cameron Etheridge

18 août , 2020

“Debbie” was my classmate for 8 years at St. Joseph’s. From an early age you could see she was a natural leader. Debbie loved to compete and made sure to give her very best at every thing she attempted. I regret we lost touch after we went to different high schools. But even after all this time this hits my heart very hard. My condolences to her husband, children, and the Baird family. Rest well Debbie you will be missed by so many of us.

Katie Keith

17 août , 2020

Debbie was an elementary school friend from 1st -8th grade, but we lost touch in high school. I remember slumber parties, girl scouts, and she could draw the cutest Mickey Mouse characters, had the neatest handwriting style and had a dynamite lay-up drive in basketball. She was one of the bravest kids I knew while her dad was serving in desert storm. Such a sad loss and someone gone too soon. I'm sorry for your loss! Katie Steinhoff Keith

Denise Lane

17 août , 2020

So sorry to hear about your loss. I remember how her smile would light up the lobby at Nanny’s when she would come in to pick up her precious boys. There was no doubt about how much she loved her family. Debra was also always kind and generous with her appreciation for the staff. She made the world a better place and I was blessed to have known and loved her and her three guys.
Let me know if there is anything I can do for you.
Love- Ms. Denise

Sara Bellah

16 août , 2020

I was very disheartened to hear the news of Debbie’s passing. I can remember her laughter, unconditional love for her family and friends, kindness, and love for basketball as if it was yesterday. My heart is heavy as I send warm thoughts to the family and lift each one of you up with love and prayer during this time.

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