Debra Lee McNeil
May 18, 1951 – February 1, 2019
Debra Lee McNeil passed away peacefully on February 1, 2019, in the presence of her loved ones.
She was born May 18th, 1951, to the joy of her adoptive parents, Archie E. Haugen and Edith Morris Haugen of Spokane Valley. Debbie graduated from University High School and went on to graduate from The University of Idaho. Her joyous and lively nature touched the hearts of those around her. Her childhood friends remember her contagious laughter and willingness to bring a smile to all. Bearing a servant's heart, Debbie taught special education for many years with Central Valley School District. Her students, families, and coworkers recall her nurturing approach. She loved her students with all of her heart. Debbie retired as a teacher in 2009 with the Mukilteo School District. In her later years, Debbie spent most of her time being an incredible grandma to her three beautiful grandchildren. She loved reading the comics with her granddaughters and snuggling with her grandson. In her free time, Debbie enjoyed the daily crossword puzzle, true crime books, and visiting the casino. Debbie is preceded in death by her parents, Archie and Edie Haugen, and niece, Heidi Smith. Debbie is survived by her children, Patrick and Ashley McNeil, and three grandchildren, Aubrianna, Sophie, and Sebastian, sister Lynn, numerous nieces and nephews, and countless friends. Services for Debbie will be held at 1pm on Saturday, February 16, 2019, at Thornhill Valley Chapel, 1400 S. Pines, Spokane Valley, WA 99206. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Debbie's honor to the American Heart Association. The family would like to extend gratitude to the nurses, doctors, and specialists with Kindred at Home and Sacred Heart Medical Center
- American Heart Association
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Thornhill Valley Chapel
1400 South Pines Road