Deborah Ellen LeBlanc died May 28 at her Show Low home after a courageously fought battle with cancer, surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Olean, NY in May 1963 to Richard and Roberta (Bobbie) Walker. She moved to Arizona with her family in 1971. She is survived by her loving husband of over 30 years, Mark, her mother Roberta Croddy, her stepfather Robert Croddy MD, her siblings Sharon and Ken Walker, her half-brothers Eric and Bryan Croddy, many cousins, aunts, uncles, stepmother Eloise Walker and her fur baby Fiona.
Debbie attended Scottsdale High School and Arizona State University and graduated in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She has worked as a registered nurse for more than 30 years, starting in the neonatal ICU at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix, then moving into specialty infusion, management, and education. She has worked tirelessly to make a difference in the lives of her patients, colleagues and students, and has made many close friends over the years.
Debbie was successful in everything she did and had a voracious appetite for learning new things and cultivating new hobbies. Debbie’s domestic hobbies included movies, music, cooking, reading, sewing and embroidery. Debbie was an accomplished musician playing in several musical ensembles in high school. She was an amazing baker, chef and hostess who always loved to entertain and experiment with new recipes with us. She had a wonderful sense of humor and adventure and loved the outdoors, enjoying camping, mountain biking, hiking, fishing, skiing and open water diving. Debbie was proud to be a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). Her most recent love was gardening where she researched and taught herself to become a phenomenally successful vegetable and flower gardener, winning the DAR’s AZ State Conservation Award. Debbie loved to travel and visit many parts of the United States, Canada, Hawaii, Europe, Mexico and several Caribbean islands.
Her greatest gift was her love for her family, friends and pets. She was always ready to love and support anyone who needed her at any time. She will forever be missed by all who knew and loved her.
Contributions can be made to the Pancreatic Action Network @ www.pancan.org so that hopefully others can be healed in the future.
Family and friends plan to celebrate Debbie this fall. If you want to join us, send an email to [email protected] with your contact details and we will get back to you with the details.
Published by The Arizona Republic from June 30 to July 4, 2021.