Debora L. Welch

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Debora Lynne Welch passed into the consciousness of the Tao on October 19, 2014 after dancing with cancer for four years. Born to Patsy and the late David Welch on May 29, 1957 at Fort Colorado Springs, Colo., her three brothers Allan, Dan and Damon later joined the family and they grew up in Sullivan, Ohio.

She graduated from Black River High School in 1975 and traveled to Moscow the next year to attend the University of Idaho. She first began study in museology, but received a bachelor’s of science in Anthropology in 1980. While working to complete the graduate program, she worked in the school’s anthro lab.

Deb met her husband Robert Broyles in Moscow and married on November 20, 1983. They have two children–Megan Breckenridge of Spokane Valley, Wash. and Ryan Broyles of Moscow—as well as two grandchildren, Anthony and Madison.

She was always involved with community service activities and as a life-long member of the Girl Scouts. She stayed active as a troop leader, outdoor adult trainer, service unit leader and wild land EMT with the belief that anyone could learn better outside. Her other areas of interest an expertise included Native American beadwork, basketweaving, Navajo and Chilkoot weaving and Sufism.

Memorial ceremony date to be announced.


26 Responses to Debora L. Welch

  1. Mary Lyon says:

    Patsy and Deb’s Family,
    I am so sorry to hear about Deb. She was the BEST Massage Therapist around as well as a friend. I will miss her very much. My heart goes out to you all.

  2. Bill Krumm says:

    So sorry to hear the sad news. Thoughts and prayers go out to the family. Thinking of you Robert.

  3. Linda Edwards says:

    Robert, Ryan and Megan,
    The picture you put in the paper is exactly how I picture and will always remember Deb. The laugh behind her smile greeted me every time we met. She brightened my day whenever we spoke. Her gentle teasing always made our friendship immediate and current as if no time had passed between meetings. We will all miss her, you three especially but she made the world a better place. Love, Linda Edwards

  4. Sunil Ramalingam says:

    I’m so sorry to learn of your loss. I too will always see her smiling when I think of her.

  5. Darin and Traci Ery says:

    We are so very sorry to hear about the loss of Deb. You are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Please let us know if you need help with anything. Darin & Traci Ery

  6. Vicki and Todd Marsh says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are out to you and your family, Robert…we are so sorry for your loss and are here for you.

  7. Bonnie Wilcoxson says:

    Dear Megan and family, I am so sorry to hear of Deb’s passing. It’s been many years since I taught you, Megan, in sixth grade but I remember you and your mom and have thought of you both over the years. The picture is how I remember her as well – an amazing, accomplished, joyful woman. My thoughts and prayers join those of so many others.

    Bonnie Wilcoxson

  8. Jenifer & Larry Bailey says:

    May you find peace in knowing that Deb suffers no more. Extending our deepest sympathy to all.

  9. Jackie Applonie says:

    I worked with Deb on a few Chamber of
    Commerce projects in the 1980’s. She
    Was always willing to help anyone and had
    One wicked sense of humor. I enjoyed laughing
    With her many times. She made the world
    A better place to be and will be missed.

    My thoughts and prayers are with the Broyles
    Jackie Applonie

  10. Su Welch says:

    My deepest condolences to Rob and Ry and Megan and Big T and Maddi. Deb was an awesome person that always put all others before her, whether human or animal. She had such a sharing heart and pushed you to always be the best you could be. I always admired her thirst for knowledge. The world, my world, was truly brighter with Deb in it. I couldn’t have asked for a better sister-in-law. I’m here for all of you. Call me for anything.

    I love you all,

  11. Mollie Ressa says:

    Deb was an amazing, kind and loving person. I always looked forward to seeing her for massages. She was the BEST!
    I will always remember her beautiful smile, her zest for life and her compassion for others. May good memories of time spent with her bring your family peace and comfort. Thoughts and prayers are with you. Take care.
    Mollie Ressa

  12. Mark Sowa says:

    Robert and Ryan,

    Our deepest sympathies for your loss. The thoughts and prayers of the entire Vandal Swimming & Diving Community are with you during this difficult and trying time.

    Mark Sowa
    Vandal Swimming

  13. Helen Belt says:

    My heart breaks to learn Deb’s “dancing partner” has taken her away.
    I know your hearts are broken too. Indeed your lives feel broken as well.
    She was such an alive and positive person. My massage therapist and my dear friend.
    I am grateful we had February 14 afternoon to share “tea & sympathy”…a treasured memory.
    She leaves a large hole in all our lives…but is free of medical problems & pain…free to be her treasured self!!
    Her love & caring & support fill that that hole with her presence forever. Thinking of you. Helen Belt

  14. Paula Youmans says:

    Passionate, compassionate, and fierce for life, Deb ruled with a mighty force! With fond memories of learning, sharing, pain and triumph, she was a true friend and mentor. May peace be with you and your family until you meet again. With much sorrow and love, Paula

  15. Lori Callahan says:

    Deeply saddened to learn of your loss. I am so sorry.

  16. Colin Meyer says:

    Deb was very loved in our community. I speak for all of us her learned so much from her when she taught at Moscow School of Massage. We will all miss her and cherish her memory. Find peace in knowing that she is watching over you. You will know this by that calm feeling that comes over you randomly during your days.

  17. Kenton Bird says:

    To the Broyles/Welch family:
    Please accept our condolences on your loss.
    I knew Deb from St. Mark’s and had at least two excellent massage sessions from her. She will be missed.
    Kenton Bird & Gerri Sayler

  18. Kim Hartley says:

    My husband Jim and I want to send our condolences to the family. Deb always spoke so lovingly of her family, children, and grandchildren. We had the privilege to share Hawaiian lomilomi massage with her. I pray the Aloha Spirit carries Deb, free of pain, over the rainbow bridge to a place of deep peace and connection with the one.

    Kim and Jim Hartley

  19. Judy Schultz says:

    Thanks to Debora for her service with Girl Scouts and in so many other ways!

  20. Susie Fischer says:

    I knew Deb for many years in Girl Scouts as a fellow Leader and Trainer. Her bright smile and positive attitude were a gift to all activities she was a part of. So sad to hear she is no longer with us. Thoughts and prayers go out to all the family. She will be missed.

  21. Bill Roser says:

    I was both shocked and saddened to hear of Deb’s passing. Deb was one of those very special kids that made teaching at Black River High School so much fun. Her bubbly, outgoing personality affected so many in a positive way. It was just fun to be around her. She will be deeply missed.
    My sincere, heartfelt condolences go out to Deb’s family.
    Al, I’m so sorry.

    Bill Roser

  22. Jodie Limpert (Gott ) says:

    I went to school with Debbie ! So sad . Haven’t seen her in years. Glad she isn’t suffering any more

  23. Melanie Preuett Groner says:

    I am sorry that I didn’t know about this sooner. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I wish that I had been able to see you all more often. I will pray for you and your family and always know we are thinking about you here.
    Love, Melanie

  24. Peg Hamlett says:

    Deb was one of the first people I met when I moved to Moscow. Our circles would intersect every few years, and it always felt that we had never really been apart. Deb had a true and beautiful soul and she will be missed. My heart goes out to Rob and her family and friends.

  25. Craig Nixon says:

    The Nixon family from Spencer ,OH send our deepest sympathy . we are all shocked and saddened by her passing.

  26. Cynthia Mika says:

    Deb was a gift to our community in so many ways! We were all lucky that she moved to Moscow and spent so many years with us.

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