Kenai resident Debra Jean Coburn died Thursday, Nov. 26, 2009, in Anchorage after a short battle with cancer. She was 51.
Memorial services will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 8, at the Nikiski High School Auditorium. Her ashes will be scatter in Hawaii at a later date.
Mrs. Coburn was born March 12, 1958, in Spokane, Wash. She moved to Alaska in 1974 with her family. Over the years she worked as a hairstylist, secretary positions including North Star Elementary School and was employed at the Tesoro Refinery for the past 14 years.
"Debbie was a loving wife, devoted mother and a friend to many. She was always willing to help others with much love and compassion and spent many hours in the community. She loved scrapbooking, sewing, camping, fishing, hiking, skiing and going to Hawaii," her family said.
Mrs. Coburn was preceded in death by her father, Dudley Kirk; brother, Dennis Kirk; and sister, Brinda Schmidt.
She is survived by her husband, James Coburn; children, Amanda and Justin Weaver; mother, Catherine Kirk; grandmother, Lois Donnally, brothers and their spouses, Dudley and Cathy Kirk, David Kirk and Kenneth and Gala Kirk; sisters and their spouses, Linda and James Jackson, Diana Kirk, Renee and Bob Shenk and Mary and Stephen Taylor; 17 nieces and nephews; and 22 great-nieces and great-nephews.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggest donations be made to the American Cancer Society, 1057 W. Fireweed Lane Suite 204, Anchorage, AK 99503.
Condolences may be mailed to PO Box 7322, Nikiski, AK 99635.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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