Deborah “Debbe” Ann Phelps Porter
Deborah “Debbe” Ann Phelps Porter, age 68, passed away peacefully on February 1, 2019 in La Crosse, WI surrounded by her children and grandson.
Debbe is survived by her son Jason (Anne, step-grandchildren Jacob, Emily, Courtney), daughters Jennifer (Russ), & Bridget, grandson Chase and brothers James (Jane) Phelps and Michael (Mary) Phelps. She is preceded in death by her parents Joseph and Margaret Phelps and husband Clyde Porter.
Debbe was born on August 4, 1950 in Rockford, IL. She graduated from Boylan Catholic High School in 1968. In May of 1970, Debbe started a family and over the next eight years, had three children. During that time she also started a job she loved at Kmart. While working at Kmart Debbe made a number of lifelong friendships and gained several additional “kids”. Many of those “kids” remained a part of Debbe’s life after she moved on to a different job.
In 1996, Debbe met Clyde Porter and they settled into a quiet life together. In 1999 Debbe’s grandson was born and she effortlessly became the proud and doting Grandma. In January of 2002 Debbe and Clyde moved to Winona, MN and were married in a small ceremony at their home the following month. Shortly after, Debbe took a job with Shopko, where she worked until retirement in 2018.
No matter where Debbe lived, her love of music followed. If Prince, B.B. King or The Rolling Stones were playing, she was dancing and singing right along. Always one with a quick wit and a sharp tongue, she never hesitated to proclaim her love of the Green Bay Packers. While her address was far from the heart of racing, she was an avid NASCAR fan nonetheless. Along the way, she found a new love…rescuing dogs. However, nothing could bring a smile to her face quicker than her beloved grandson, Chase.
The family would like to extend our deepest gratitude to the Critical Care and Palliative Care teams at Gundersen Health System for the incredible care they provided to Debbe and her entire family during her last days with us. We would also like to thank everyone at Coulee Region Cremation for the love, compassion, and care they showed our family.
To respect Debbe’s wishes, a private ceremony will be held at a later date. We ask that those who wish to honor Debbe make a donation to any animal rescue organization on Debbe’s birthday, August 4.
“Dearly beloved, we have gathered here today, To get through this thing called life”