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Deborah Ann Andrews
July 4, 1949 ~ September 8, 2023 (age 74) 74 Years Old
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Our beautiful wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend Deborah “Debbie” Ann Andrews (Dwyer) 74, of Wickenburg, Arizona passed away peacefully on September 8, 2023 surrounded by family.
Debbie was born on July 4, 1949 in Boulder, Colorado to Edward and Evelyn Dwyer. Debbie is survived by her husband Richard Andrews; daughter Dulcie Willis and spouse Wade Willis of Fort Collins, Colorado; son Jeremy Andrews and spouse Alice Engelhardt of Portland, Oregon; daughter Jennifer Fitzgerald, spouse Jim Fitzgerald and granddaughter Hazel Fitzgerald of Gunnison, Colorado; sister Becky Meinhard of Palm Desert, California; brother Joe Dwyer of Sacramento, California and nephew Michael Yanez of Chesapeake, Virginia. Debbie is preceded in death by her parents and brother Rick Dwyer of Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Known for her tender loving heart, compassion, and generosity, Debbie’s loving kindness and optimism was infectious to everyone who met her. Her deep faith in the power of love to heal was ever present and remains in the hearts of those who knew and loved her.
Debbie grew up in New Mexico where her father taught grade school on the Navajo Reservation and in Albuquerque. Debbie met the love of her life at Mesa Junior College (Mesa State University) in Grand Junction, Colorado in 1967, married in 1972, raised their three children in Clifton, Colorado on what became a tomato farm with a highly regarded vegetable stand. Debbie’s life passions were her family, nature, and travel. Debbie and Rich loved camping in the southwest and could affectionately be referred to as “desert rats” with favorite moments traveling on the open road, gathering stones, boating Lake Powell, stargazing, and any chance to spend time with granddaughter Hazel Fitzgerald. Debbie found beauty in all of nature which is reflected by a profound collection of unique stones, crystals, plants, and flowers. Debbie and Rich began wintering in Gila Bend, Arizona 2008 and in 2015, moved to the home of their dreams in Wickenburg, Arizona as year-round residents.
The family will be having a private celebration of life at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Wild at Heart Raptor Rescue as Debbie always believed her spirit flew with the eagles. https://wildatheartraptors.org/donate/