Debra Kay (Brown) Smith, 65, of Rochester, died peacefully on Sunday night, June 9, 2019, after being diagnosed with cancer in February. All of her family members visited her frequently since February.

Debra was born in Rochester and lived there most of her life. Debra attended Rochester High School followed by training at the VoTech College (now known as Rochester Community and Technical College). She became a Licensed Practical Nurse in 1978, a career that she followed for 17 years. She was a giving person, who loved caring for others.

She suffered a stroke in 1995, leaving her unable to work as an LPN. Even this did not dampen her spirits and she returned to school to become a medical transcriptionist, with the hope of working from home.

Debra had many interests. She loved country music, especially George Strait, who provided the soundtrack for many road trips. She enjoyed lilacs and tulips, as well as other flowers. She visited her sister’s family in Iowa and especially liked the Dutch architecture there.

Debra gave birth to three children while training to be an LPN — Cory, Kevin, and Kyle. She was very family oriented and showed her deep love for her boys by cooking their favorite foods, including baking batches of five dozen sugar cookies (which never lasted more than twelve hours).

Debra is survived by her three adult children, Cory, Kevin, and Kyle. She is also survived by two sisters, Darlene (Dale) Post and Jacqueline (James) Rustad, and three brothers, Darin (Kathleen) Faber, Bradley Lind and Terrance (Barb) Brown. She is further survived by one grandson, Ricky Smith, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews. Debra was preceded in death by her parents, Gloria Jean (Tollefsrud) Lind and Jack Brown; one sister, Heidi Joy McBride; and one brother, David Allan Brown.

Instead of a visitation or funeral, Debra wanted everyone to celebrate life in her honor.