Deborah Ann Yandle

December 21, 1955May 8, 2019

Deborah Ann Yandle, age 63, passed away peacefully May 8, 2019. She was born December 21, 1955 in Chanute, Kansas to Robert and Barbara Yandle. Debbie graduated with a GED from the Job Core. Shortly afterwards, Debbie married and lived in California. Although the marriage didn’t last, the move to California instilled a wanderlust in Debbie that followed her the rest of her life.

Debbie was a gentle but headstrong free spirit that could not be tamed. She had a strong will to live her life her way and fiercely protected her independence. She always seemed to be on the go and loved the outdoors, all seasons, whether walking or bicycling. Debbie was a very artistic person, enjoying drawing and painting in particular. She also loved to read and particularly delighted in the Little House on the Prairie series.

Debbie had a kind, nurturing nature and a warm, generous heart. She was very well liked by her fellow apartment residents who spoke of her sweet demeanor. Debbie adored her nieces and nephews and had a truly unique gift of naturally relating to them at whatever age level, creating special bonds with them that lasted. She enjoyed family and holiday gatherings.

Debbie is survived by her father, Robert; her son, Dallion; six brothers and their wives: Bob and Rhonda Yandle, Bill Yandle and Yi Zhao, Mike and Karen Yandle, Rodger and Melissa Yandle, Sam Yandle, and Sid and Sarina Yandle; two sisters and their husbands: Karen and Loren Grunenfelder and Nancy and Al Seymour; 44 nephews and nieces, as well as several uncles and aunts; and her longtime partner, David Greenwood. Debbie was preceded in death by her mother, Barbara, and her sister in law, Michele Yandle. Debbie had a deep love for her family. She was loved by her family and will be dearly missed.

Please join us in celebrating her life well led on Saturday morning, May 18, 2019, at 10:30 at Mills and Mills Funeral Home, 5725 Littlerock Road, SW, Tumwater. Services will conclude at the gravesite.


  • Funeral Service Saturday, May 18, 2019


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Al Seymour

May 13, 2019

Dear Family and Friends,
I shared this poem on Mom's page and wanted to share with Debbie's as well.
Debbie had a spiritual side that she shared with me not long ago. She doesn't know what's to come, but she has faith that it will be something better than anything we've ever seen. Debbie had such a big heart, she could be exasperating, but she was a sweet woman. We sat and listened to "Spirit In The Sky" over and over. It was a bit inconvenient having her and Dave stay over but you know, I got a chance to really talk with Deb one on one and get to know her better than I ever did. I appreciate that time now more than ever. I love you all.


Do not mourn excessively,
And, please, do not weep,
Just as it is with all men,
This, too, was meant to be.

You may cry for your loss,
But shed no tears for mine.
I leave this temporary, mortal life
To live for all of time.

Instead, strive to be happy,
And smile through your grief,
As you know,
Time heals all wounds,
This pain will be brief.

Let me tread that final leg,
I’ve traveled oh so far,
The road after death is easy,
It’s the path of life that’s hard.

Celebrate and rejoice with me,
When all is said and done,
I pass from this demanding, painful world
To a divine, celestial one.

All your cherished memories
In your heart now safely keep,
And know that I can feel your thoughts,
When you remember me.

Forever trust in your God,
Have faith and do believe,
And I’ll save a piece of Heaven for you
When, at last, you come join me.