In the wake of WWII servicemen were coming home and starting their adult lives over, getting married and starting careers and families. Jack and Anna Walby were doing just that. In the heart of the city’s East Side, they settled and started their family. First Sandra in 1947, followed by Linda in 1948 and bringing up the rear Deb, 1953. I think she may have been a bit of her Father’s favorite. Deb went to Manchester Elementary where she made many friends and was probably constantly in trouble for talking. From elementary on to high school at East High, Go Bears! After school and a series of jobs along came oldest daughter Jennifer in 1972. In 1974 along came second daughter Brandy, so very much like her mother in a lot of ways. In 1976 she got a job with General Motors at the Leeds Plant. There our paths crossed, and I asked her out, kind of on a dare. I’m thinking we way outlasted the betting pool on the length of our marriage. We got married in her mother’s basement and started our little family. She quit GM, to stay home, they were not heartbroken about her leaving. 1980 brought Liz into our bunch, when she was 1 month old, we moved to Parkville. Many adventures in Parkville, a great place to go to school and live. When the kids were all gone, we bought land outside Weston and built our new home. Many months of sweat and freezing temps and we moved here in December of 2001. Deb flourished in the country although she admitted she never imagined this is where she would end up. They say you can take the girl out of the Hood by you can’t take the Hood out of the girl. Of all the places we traveled to, she always said this is truly home. She truly loved all her gardens and the lovely flowers they produced. Our kids are all close as are a dozen grandkids and great nieces. Deb would quickly admit to being very richly blessed with family and a collection of friends from the East Side. Her MANY friends from youth that she still stayed in touch with were very precious to her. A lifelong Democrat, we so enjoyed discussing (arguing) politics especially around election time. She took right to my family as a dear daughter and sister-in-law. Deb, we didn’t see it going like this and we all miss you so. Every one of us is so sad, so a big hug to you, all your family is waiting for you with open arms, the pain of this mortal world is in your past. If you would like, feel free to memorialize Deb in any way you like.
A Gathering of friends celebrating Deb’s life will be held from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., Saturday, August 6th, 2022, at Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville, MO. In lieu of flowers Memorial contributions may be made to the Donor’s choice of favorite charity in memory of Deb. Memories of Deb and condolences to the family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com.