Smart, Debra “Deb” Marie

Passed: January 13, 2011

Smart, Debra “Deb” Marie

Passed: January 13, 2011


Avondale – Debra M. Felchlin-Smart, age 57, of Avondale, beloved wife and mother passed away Thursday, January 13, 2011 at the Mayo Clinic with her family at her side.  Debbie was born on August 7, 1953 in Anchorage, Alaska and raised in Marion, Ohio.

She is survived by her husband Steve, four daughters, Sarah Oliver (Leonard)  of Buckeye, Tracey Smart of Seattle, WA, Suzanne Vinson (Ron) of Monroe, OH, Christine Maloney of Goodyear; grandchildren, Morgan, Samuel, and Emma.  Sisters Tonya Felchlin of Marion,  Colleen Harbin of Marion; and brother Ryan Felchlin (Laurie) of Lewis Center, OH, and mother Donna Solomon (Reiser) of Sun City.  Also by numerous nieces and nephews, Jaleen, Lacey (Ryan), Aaron (Beth), Tori, Madi, Carly, Kennady, Ava, Levi and Darby. 

She is preceded in death by her parents Robert & Kathleen Felchlin of Marion, brother Michael of Marion, and aunt, Helen Amrine of San Diego.

Debbie was employed at American Express since moving to the Phoenix area over 22 years ago.

Memorial services will be planned at a future time.

Debbie was active in many charitable causes and continued this giving even after death by donating her organs and saving several lives.  The family requests in lieu of flowers or donations to please sign up to be an organ donor.  Monetary donations can be made in Debbie’s name to the Charleston Marine Life Center at Oregon Institute of Marine Biology in Charleston OR, contact Craig Young at

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