Obituary: Debbie K. Tate, 64

Deb_tateDeborah (Debbie) K. Tate 64 of Lenexa, KS passed away February 4, 2016 surrounded by loved ones after a courageous 5 ½ year battle with breast cancer. Visitation will be February 11 at 3:00 pm with a memorial service following at 4:00. Services will be at the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection, Wesley Chapel, 13720 Roe Ave, Leawood KS, 66224.

Debbie graduated from Shawnee Mission West High School in 1969 and married her high school sweetheart, Rick on October 3, 1970. Debbie pursued her career path as a secretary, working for a variety of companies; the last 15 of those were spent with Sprint and C.B. Richard Ellis.

Debbie met Rick at the A&W restaurant in Overland Park, KS where she worked as a car hop in 1967. She decided very quickly that he was the one she wanted to spend the rest of her life with. Their love affair spanned an amazing 45 years!

Debbie and Rick had three beautiful children and they became the center of her life. Her children were her pride and joy, her sorrow and pain, and her greatest accomplishment. She was an amazing mother, teacher, and friend to all of them. She was their greatest supporter in all that they did in life and she loved them with all of her heart. Her children were her heart and soul, as she was theirs. She will be truly missed by all of them, but they are happy knowing she will always be smiling down on them.

Debbie was blessed with six beautiful grandchildren whom she loved more than life itself. She loved spending time with them watching movies, playing games, and just hanging out. She loved to go watch their soccer, basketball, and volleyball games. She loved going to dance recitals, church and school programs, and a couple of horse riding shows as well. No matter what it was she did everything she could to make sure she was there with a great big smile on her face. Her grandchildren were the light of life and she loved them all to heaven and back! Debbie was blessed by the news of her seventh grandchild on the way, a baby boy who’s name will be Creighton Kristopher Tate. Although she will not get to meet him in person she will forever be a part of him and will keep watch over him as his guardian angel!

Debbie was an avid Royals and KU Basketball fan, she knew all the players names and watched or listened to every game that she could. She loved sitting outside in her chair on nice days listening to the Royal’s games on her radio, she would take that over watching the games inside any day.

Debbie loved to crochet blankets and would make them for all kinds of people. She would find out their favorite colors or sports team and make them an amazing blanket. These blankets were treasured by all who received them and she undoubtedly loved that.

Holidays were always very special to Debbie. She loved getting all the family together and cooking wonderful dinners with beautiful table settings. Debbie was very committed to tradition and one of her favorite traditions was the entire family coming together for the Mayor’s Christmas Tree lighting at Crown Center, followed by dinner at one of the many Mexican restaurants in the area. She loved Christmas Eve when the family would get together to open gifts and enjoy her amazing brisket dinner. Family time was everything to her and she loved all the times we were together.

Debbie had an amazing faith! She loved her God deeply! She prayed for her family and friends with fervor! She believed she was going to a wonderful, eternal home where she would join those she has missed for many years and will wait for those she left behind. She didn’t want any of us to be sad, but to smile when we think of her, knowing that, “The worst thing is never the last thing.”

Debbie leaves behind her husband of 45 years, Rick, daughter Kirsten Young and husband Dave, son David Tate and wife Kellie, son Chris Tate and wife Angie, and six beautiful grandchildren, Noah and Emma Young, Payten and Kinnley Tate, Kayleigh and Drew Doepker, and her soon to be grandson Creighton Tate.

Arrangements: Cremation Center of Kansas City; 913-384-5566. Condolences may be shared with the family at the Cremation Center website: