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Cook-Walden Funeral Home

6100 North Lamar, Austin, TX

OBITUARY

Deborah Deatly Johnston

June 23, 1952June 7, 2010

Debbie fought brain cancer with humor and grace, but it overtook her and she died on June 7, 2010. In the final days she was surrounded in peace and love by her friends and family at the Christopher House in Austin, Texas.

Debbie’s first love was horses. She always wanted to be on her horse, from the first ride at Houston’s South Main Pony Rides to the competition at the Pin Oak Hunter Jumper Show. She had a unique way to get her horses to shine in coat and spirit. She always enjoyed sharing her knowledge and respect for horses with others. Many of the young riders that she worked with have so kindly reminded us that Debbie’s passion for horses has enriched their lives.

She was born on June 23, 1952, in Houston, Texas, where she was raised and graduated form Bellaire High School in 1970. She earned a BA in psychology in 1974 and an MA in education in 1975 from Austin College, Sherman, Texas. She competed on the Kangaroo swim team, where she fell in love with fellow swimmer, David Johnston, whom she married on June 7, 1975. Together they raised two fine sons and trained and showed many horses and spent hours hiking with her Jack Russell Terriers in the greenbelt.

She is survived by her husband, David Johnston, and sons, Graham and Travis; brother Arthur G. Deatly and wife Charm Denise; sister-in-law Laura Johnston; brother-in-law Douglas Johnston and wife Celia; nephews Sam Deatly and William Deatly; nieces Nicole Johnston and Jessica Johnston. She is preceded in death by her parents Arthur G. and Catherine Shears Deatly and sister Kathy Deatly.

A memorial service will be held at 2:30pm, Tuesday, June 15, 2010 at Cook-Walden Funeral Home, 6100 N. Lamar Blvd.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the R.O.C.K., Ride On Center for Kids, www.rockride.org or Hospice Austin ¬www.hospiceaustin.org.

Arrangements under the direction of Cook-Walden Funeral Home, Austin, TX.

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, June 15, 2010
  • Memorial Service Tuesday, June 15, 2010

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August 26, 2010

August 25
David I received your letter today and I was so, so sad. Debbie was full of life and energy. She always had a smile on her face...I loved seeing the photos here...I know she enjoyed her boys and her family. I am praying for you all during this difficult time. It is hard to believe that 35 years have gone so fast...God Bless you all. Marjie Dexter Podzielinski AC '75

Jim Sherrill

June 15, 2010

I am saddened to learn of Debbie’s passing. She was always such a pleasant person, always smiling. My prayers are with David, Graham, and Travis during this time of grieving your loss.

June 14, 2010

Debbie was gracious and helpful to us when we were the "newbie" family at the barn. Our prayers are with you.
Bill, Nell, and Tim McMinn

DeLana Wills Mangum

June 14, 2010

May the sweet memories of the times shared be a source of comfort and strength for you, David, and the children. Celebrate the joy and laughter for the cherished times shared whether big or small. We will all miss Debbie and her gift of love and laughter. God bless you all.

ginny fredricks

June 13, 2010

I knew Deborah at Austin College and remember her wonderful smile and her friendliness-the photo in the paper looks like I remember her from the early 70's. So sorry to hear of her death.

liz jacobs

June 13, 2010

David, Graham and Travis
Our hearts break for your loss and our enduring love for your family is ever present. Love the Jacobs family

Shirley Carpenter

June 11, 2010

God only takes the best. Looking at your photos you and David had a wonderful life. I feel so blest to have known you. Shirley

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