Debbie, 65, passed away on April 23, 2018 at her home in Mesa, AZ surrounded by family.  She was born on November 11, 1952 in Walla Walla, WA to parents John (Jack) and Irene Butler.

Debbie graduated from Walla Walla High School in 1969 and completed Beauty School.  While working as a hair dresser she married her first husband and moved to Spokane, WA and then to Ft. Benning, GA where her husband completed the U.S. Army Officer Basic Infantry School.  They were then assigned to Ft. Hood, TX where Debbie began working for the Department of Defense.

Debbie moved to Phoenix, AZ and began her career with the IRS in 1982 and retired as a Labor Relations Specialist due to her illness in 2007.  She met her husband Lee in 1982 at IRS and they were married in 1985.  Debbie and Lee had a wonderful life together caring very deeply each other.  If you knew Debbie, you knew that she loved her puppy dogs.  She and Lee raised many puppies during their 36 years of friendship and marriage.

Debbie is survived by her husband Lee, a brother Wes Butler, Vancouver, WA, daughter Felicia Champlin, 2 step-daughters Jennifer Smack, Tiffany (Ron) Wilder, step-son Jason (Jill) Atwood and 9 grandchildren.

Visitation services will be held at Mountain View Funeral Home & Cemetery, 7900 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ on Friday May 4th from 5-7 pm in the Mountain View Chapel. Family graveside services will be held Saturday.  In lieu of flowers, Debbie and family request you make a donation to the American Humane Society of AZ in her name.

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