Cook-Walden Funeral Home

6100 North Lamar, Austin, TX


Deborah Renee McKenney

July 30, 1954June 26, 2020

Mrs. Deborah “Debbie” R. McKenney entered the kingdom of Heaven on June 26, 2020. She is survived by her spouse of 23 years, Mrs. Liz Galindo, her sisters Glenda Keeling, Donna Slay, Irma N. Alvarez and several other family members who live throughout Houston & Killeen, TX. She is preceded in death by her parents, Mr. John C. McKenney and June M. Forester along with several sisters and brothers. Debbie was born in Houston, raised in Baytown and moved to Austin in 1989, where she devoted 30 years to the Seton Healthcare Network. She was always willing to help anyone and made everyone feel so special. She was always described as a gentle soul, who was always thinking of others. One of her passions was her family and friends, who she will always love truly and dearly. She was an avid history buff who gave the best tours of Austin and surrounding areas to her family and friends, explaining details of certain events in history. The tours were great! Debbie was a great cook among our favorite dishes were her chicken fried steak and chicken and dressing for the holidays. Debbie fought a most admirable fight against cancer and she is not just my hero, but a hero to many others. Her unconditional love and unselfishness are some of her many great qualities that made her so special. My love transcends her passing. I was truly blessed to have the love of such a beautiful soul and a beautiful person. Heaven has indeed gained an angel that is loved by so many. Her legacy lives on in those who truly love her.


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Elizabeth Galindo

July 14, 2020

This was not too long after you bought the Jeep Commander. You're using sign language to tell me that you love me. Remembering so many moments that we shared and allowing all that love to help me heal...with time. I miss you beyond words and you are forever in my heart & soul.

Maggie Palmer

July 10, 2020

I met Debbie many years ago when she came to work at Seton Pflugerville. She was such a kind, soft spoken person who always had a smile. She was a hard worker who pushed herself to continue work when she was diagnosed with breast cancer.
Our morning talks were about how she was progressing with her treatments and what was happening in my world. She was so kind and caring when I lost my brother. She believed in God's plan for our lives no matter how difficult, and she never lost that faith.
She loved Liz. I remember how proud she was when Liz brought her a new chair so that she would be comfortable while at work. When she lost her appetite she told me how Liz would go shopping for things that she thought would appeal to her. I, among many, will miss that sweet smile. May Debbie, in God's mercy, rest in peace and Liz and Debbie's family be comforted.

Lorena Martinez

July 10, 2020

Dear Debbie ~ a good friend, a caring person, and a wonderful human being. We are going to miss you laugh and our happy hours together. But I know that you are now an angel in heaven advocating for all of us and keeping us safe as you always did. We love you and we are going to miss you.


Jo Limon-Guzman

July 10, 2020

So heartbroken over the loss of my coworker Debbie. Not only a coworker but also a very dear friend. I will be forever thankful for all our conversations at work and let's not leave out the delicious dishes you brought to work for our potluck luncheons. Our birthday club dinner gatherings were always so much fun. I met you in 2003 so lots of memories that I will always carry with me. We miss you so much already but you will be with us at heart. Love you 💔

Elizabeth Galindo

July 6, 2020

I was 33 years old when we met. I remember that you were thinking about moving to Ohio. Destiny however had a different plan for us. From the first time we went out on March 12, 1997, we were inseparable. For the first time, I knew what love really was. You taught me so much about loving someone and all the different stages of love for 23 years. You loved unconditionally and forgave quickly. I have millions of memories of things that we have done and spoken about doing, so many dreams, all those plans and hopes came to and end on the day you passed on.
One of the most important things that I learned from you was that one day I would have to make a very hard decision (s) and while I was in the hospital with you for almost three weeks, that came true. One of the most difficult things for me to do was to tell you that it was ok for you to go and that I would be alright. I knew that your heart was torn, but you were so sick and I had to come to terms that you wanted to go home to be with our Heavenly Father... God.
I was with you at the hospital every day for at least 10 hours per day and I held your hand each moment I had a chance, I told you how much I love you and that you are the love of my life. I thanked you for all the things, sacrifices that you have done for me. You couldn't hardly talk anymore, but did manage to tell me that I am the love of your life too...You sang to me 'tiny bubbles in the wine" one last time...
Now I find myself broken hearted, missing you so much, but so thankful for the time we had together. I know that you will always be with me and that God is giving me the strength to get through this difficult time.
You are no longer in pain and are in Heaven with our Lord..."And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes, and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away." Revelation 21:4

Melinda Martin

July 6, 2020

This was on a “ good day” when Debbie came for a visit. She was my co-worker and we enjoyed working together for a couple of years side by side. I miss you Debbie!

Irma Alvarez

July 5, 2020

To my beautiful "Lil Sis," like I use to call her. May you finally be at rest. You have left behind so many memories that I will carry with me. The ones I will remember the most are talking about our favorite oldies and your famous rides around Austin. You were the best "tour guide." You will be missed greatly here on earth but you will live forever in our hearts. I love you "Lil Sis."

Jessica Alvarez

July 4, 2020

I never thought of Aunt Debbie as not being my "real" aunt. Her heart of gold and unbelievable strength has left a lasting impression on my heart as well as the hearts of many. As far back as I can remember Aunt Debbie has always been there for my family and I. Whether she was cheering me on or talking to me about life she always had a way of making sure I felt loved. Baby girl...she use to call me ❤ Some of my best memories of her was when she taught me how to drive on the toll roads (I'm from Killeen), gave me history lessons, took me to visit new places in Austin (Mozart's and Spaghetti Warehouse), shared my passion of singing, watching Harry Potter movies together, being there for me when Abuela passed and her being so proud of me for going to school (wish she could have seen me graduate) ❤ I still can't believe you are gone but I am ever so grateful I had you in my life Debbiecakes! I want to say thank you to her family for sharing your beautiful soul with my family and I. Love you, Aunt Debbie!

Andrea Summers

July 3, 2020

I am Deb's neighbor and friend...we met 2yrs ago when I purchased the house next door...the best buy and move I ever made. Pam and I hit the jackpot for friends with Deb & Liz.
I was new to Austin and reaped the benefits of Deb's amazing tours and facts about Austin.
My heart hurts and I miss her very much. But shes on a different journey with her Lord and Savior Jesus....I truly enjoyed and will forever cherish the time we shared.
Love Always,
Andrea Summers 💝

Elizabeth Galindo

July 2, 2020

You are the love of my life...