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Valhalla Funeral Home & Valhalla Memory Gardens

698 Winchester RD NE, Huntsville, AL

OBITUARY

Debra Ann Andress

February 4, 1952March 20, 2020

Debra Ann Andress, age 68, of New Market, Alabama passed away Friday, March 20, 2020 in Huntsville.

Debra was born February 4, 1952 in Elmira, New York. Her loving parents, Richard Stebbins and Wanda Doan Stebbins preceded her in death.

Debra was a loving, caring and devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She was tenderhearted and had a deep compassion for children. As a babysitter, Debra watched numerous children grow-up from birth into adulthood, continuing to mother and nurture them. She was affectionate, friendly and dedicated to helping people, no matter their station or status. Debra was outgoing and adventurous. She enjoyed life to the fullest. She served her country proudly and was an honorably discharged Veteran of the United States Army.

Debra is survived by her husband of 37 years, Jerry Andress; daughter, Kathryn Andress (Adam Hopkins); son, Donald Palmaymesa (Robin Duggins); grandchildren, Sophia and Alex; many extended family members and all the children whose lives she touched over the years.

Information for Debra’s Celebration of Life Service is forthcoming.

In lieu of flowers, you may make donations to Heartlite Hospice Promise Foundation, 111 East Laurel Street, Scottsboro, Alabama 35768.

Services

  • The date and time of the Celebration of Life Service will be announced at a later date.

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Stephanie Peters

March 25, 2020

I have so many fond memories of my dear friend and neighbor Debbie. Our parents were friends and we got together often with other friends and neighbors; for picnics and parties.

One memory of Debbie and a few of the neighbor kids made the news! Debbie’s Dad made a cinder block in ground pool for her. We had so much fun splashing around on a hot summer day! One day the Star Gazette Newspaper photographer Mr. Walsh came by and took pictures that were in the newspaper! It must have around 1958. Rest In Peace my dear friend 💕

Mark Thatcher

March 23, 2020

My heart is broken. I'm so glad you and Jerry had the opportunity to meet with Joyce and myself at Devil's Backbone Brewery in Virginia. Homeroom together all through EFA. I always looked forward to the Army/Navy game and jabbing at each other. It will always make me think of you and smile. Till I see again my friend.

Mary Murdock

March 23, 2020

Debbie was a friend and neighbor growing up in Elmira. She was in the same class of 1970 from EFA. Debbie was one of the nicest and caring persons I have ever known. Reconnected thru facebook it has been a pleasure seeing her family growing up as well as her beautiful garden pictures. RIP Debbie. God bless all of your family and comfort thru this most difficult time.❤🌹🙏

Joyce Grover Ellis

March 23, 2020

Our hearts are broken 💔 with this news of Debbie's passing. We went to school together, graduated at the same time. I remember her always as a caring, kind, loveable person. I pray for comfort and peace to Jerry and the kids, that they always remember the good times and adventures with Debbie. RIP my friend.

Melissa Elliott

March 23, 2020

We have known Debbie for probably at least 30 years. I babysat for her a few times ( we lived in the same subdivision and our children attended the same school). Five years ago our family was going through a hard time. Debbie offered to help us and transported mom to Fayetteville to visit my dad in the nursing home. She refused payment or even gas money. This was a true blessing to our family. Mom was so sad to hear of Debbie’s passing. Debbie was a special lady. She will be missed. Hugs and prayers to her family.

CIndi Price

March 23, 2020

Debbie came to work with me in July 2002 and continued there until April of 2015. During that time, we became much more than just co-workers - we became friends - almost sisters. Through those years and after her retirement, we laughed together, cried together, saw the births of grandchildren and the loss of loved ones. She might have been short in stature, but do no doubt the 'tallness' when it came to her family. I will surely miss her and our semi-annual birthday celebrations. She is watching from high, so don't think you can get one on her just because she's no longer physically here. I love you, Debbie. Thank you for being my friend these past almost 18 years.

Jackie Haggar

March 23, 2020

Debbie’s family and ours were friends. Both moms actually celebrated their 90th birthday’s within months of each other. Our dads worked together. I remember nice get togethers at their home in Elmira.
She always has such a positive outlook on life!
I’ll miss her “from the garden” pictures that brightened every day 💕.
Her wings were ready , but our hearts weren’t.
Prayers for her family.
Jackie Barber Haggar
Tampa FL

Chris Jankowski Miller

March 23, 2020

Our parents were long time friends. They had gatherings and vacations including the kids. Debbie was a joy.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY