Debra Ann Halverson: December 24, 1951–December 18, 2023

Debra Ann Halverson, 71, passed away peacefully on December 18th, 2023 surrounded by her loving family.

Born in O’Neill, Nebraska on December 24th, 1951, Debra was raised by her father, Raynard (Mick) Halverson, and mother, Myrna Ford and developed a deep love for animals.

Debra was a devoted mother, grandmother, and friend. While she dedicated 15 years of herlife working at Walmart, hertrue passion lay in caring for others and her beloved animals. Debra owned and operated two successful businesses, being known most for Deception Pass Pony Rides. She was known for her kind heart and willingness to help those in need.

Debra’s greatestjoy in life came from her family. She cherished the opportunity to raise her boys, spending time with her grandchildren and watching them grow. She also had a special bond with animals, particularly her dogs Sydney & Scrabble, and her beloved donkey Jenni, whom she rescued and cared for.

In her free time, Debra enjoyed taking long walks on the beach, hunting for agates, and tending to her 10-acre property near Deception Pass. She had a love for horses and dogs and spent many hours working with them and caring for them. Debra will be remembered for her unwavering love and generosity towards others. She touched the lives of many and will be deeply missed by all who knew her.

Debra is survived by her sons Jason Smith of Lake Stevens, WA & Justin Smith of Bellevue, WA, her grandchildren Shaelei Lucas of Arlington WA, Taylor Smith of Peoria, AZ, Zoe Smith & Lucy Smith as well as her great-grandchild, Mia Smith. She is also survived by her brothers, Duane Halverson of Marysville, WA & Merlin Halverson of Gold Bar, WA.

A celebration of Debra’s life will be held at a later date.

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