David Clayton & Sons

200 W Center St, Duncanville, TX


Deborah Kay Tolson

December 28, 1947November 6, 2019

On Wednesday, November 6th, 2019, Debbie Tolson, loving wife and mother was called to Heaven at the age of 71.

Debbie was the youngest daughter of Ellis and Goldie Gibson (predeceased); she is survived by her husband of 47 years, James and two daughters, Wendy and Katie, two sisters, Judy and Ozella, three nephews and one niece, as well as a close circle of personal friends that she considered extended family.

For twenty-seven years, Debbie dedicated herself to educating the children of Duncanville. She will be remembered by her family, friends and former students for her loving nature, her positive outlook and the happiness she always radiated wherever she went. More importantly, she was a beacon of faith to everyone that knew her, and she maintained that intense belief and faith in God throughout her illness, never faltering or waning throughout the very end.

Heaven has gained a mighty angel, but the world has lost a bright shining soul who will be mourned by all that knew and loved her forever.

In lieu of a traditional service, there will be a celebration of Debbie’s life on her birthday, December 28th for family and friends.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be sent to the ASPCA of Texas or the Humane Society of North Texas—two charities that Debbie supported throughout her life.

Forever missed. Forever loved.


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Deborah Kay Tolson

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Terry Colgrove

November 9, 2019

You visited heaven once - while you were in a coma after your accident. I believe it was your destiny to bring a piece of it back to us on earth. I don't think any of us were prepared for the gift you were bringing back. You became a shining light in a very very dark place and a beacon of hope and unconditional love. We didn't know it then, but the remainder of your life you would leave a trail of love and miracles without even trying. When you recovered from your accident you were a different person. You had the special gift of seeing the world and people through the eyes of an innocent child. Unjaded, non-judgmental and full of awe, wonder & love. I don't believe there is any better way to live life. We all come into the world with that perspective, but life and experience take that away from us. However, you were given that gift after your accident and you got to spend the rest of your life with it. It would be impossible for me to put into words the impact that had on everyone who was lucky enough to know you. People were always drawn to you. It was like a cosmic pull that would cause them to gravitate to you. Once there you would give them 100% of your attention and focus making them feel as if they were the most important person in the world to you in that moment. You listened, paid attention and let people know they were loved and that they mattered. Those moments are more valuable than any physical gift that could be given. Those moments are the treasures, miracles if you will, that you left behind. The impact they left is immeasurable. Anyone who knew you walked away a better person for it. So, instead of saying goodbye I will say thank you for touching my life and making it better.


Ganeene Taylor

November 8, 2019

Jim, Wendy, and Katie,
I am so sorry to hear about Debbie's passing. She was such a bright light in everyone's life. She introduced me to Buddy Holly and the Everly Brothers!! I will forever remember her bright smile and her enormous heart. She was a very special person and one of my very favorite aunts.
Many prayers for all of you.
God Bless

Jerri Arriola

November 8, 2019

I remember I was young maybe seven or eight years old and Aunt Debbie was in a beauty pageant in Duncanville. I believe she was runner up but she outshined all of the girls on that stage. That was Aunt Debbie though every day of her life she was a bright shining beacon of love and faith in the Lord. She was kind and she loved her family more than anything. I know she enjoyed working at the school and teaching. I will miss her sweet little giggle. She had an unwavering love and faith in God that just being around her you could feel his presence.

Aunt Debbie is now in Heaven with her mother and father and she is watching over her loved ones. I know that when each of us get called home we will see her beautiful smile again. Aunt Debbie you are truly missed and I love you very much. ❤️

Betty Carpenter

November 8, 2019

It’s hard to put in words what our friendship meant to me. You wasn’t only my best friend but she was also my sister. We shared a lot had a lot of fun and laughed a lot. I will miss that so much because when we was together we was always happy and had so much fun no matter what we was going through. You was already an angel on earth and now you’re an angel of all. I will miss you so much and love you and I know someday we will see each other again. Some people called us Thelma and Louise because we did everything together. I will miss my Louise so much. Love you