First I thank Debbie for a movie she bought for me, one of my favorite
oldies and it was the first movie we ever watched together, "Heaven Can
Wait." Also I want to thank Debbie for her wonderful sense of humor,
it can't be ignored, she looked cancer in the face and made the best of
this terrible thing, from the pre mastectomy party to referring to the
movie "Heaven Can Wait" about Joe Pendleton and his going to his final
destination... and me promising her that I will know her even if she does
come back as a football player........
Also on behalf of my whole family, I say thank you Debbie, for being
a daughter, a sister, a mother and a grandmother, even though we decided
not to get married because of your cancer.
I thank Debbie too, for the many times she sat with me at my computer,
as we did almost every single day for almost two years, checking to see
what Kewpie had left us, to put on the webpage, and yesterday she was that
Debbie always thanked me for two things. She said, I introduced
her to Elvis Presley and Hickman Kewpies... she said through me she acquired
a deeper understanding of both... as Elvis sang, "We'll make a space
in this life that we planned and here we'll stay until it's time for you
So, I thank Debbie for being the inspirational force that allowed me to
bring so many Kewpies from all over the country back together........ Because of
her loving me enough, to be so unselfish and watch me spend so much of my time
working on that project, I dedicate my Kewpie website to her, because she
is the Heart of My Kewpie Spirit........... Back in February I started a
Kewpie of the Month addition to the webpage and when Debbie retired from Joint
Communications Information Service at the City of Columbia they honored her with
a webpage. Therefore I honored her as the Kewpie of the Month of April.
I then told her at the end of the year I would choose a Kewpie of the Year. Well
she let me know, who that Kewpie of the Year had better be..... Now she's
the Kewpie of All Time, and her name will always be at the top of my page.........
I don't know if anyone knew, but Debbie loved chocolate, and that's
the second heart. Back on Valentine's day Debbie gave me a bag of
heart shaped chocolates, so for the last three months,............ we neither
one wanted to be the one, to eat the last heart....and oh how many unusual
places that little heart showed up..... And that, I will never forget,
and I never will eat the last piece, even though I offered it to her last
Wednesday, she gave it back to me...........
My deepest sympathy to all of Debbie's family and I thank you all, for
giving me the privilege to share the last leg of Debbie's life's journey
with her. We could not change the course of her illness, but I am
thankful that we got to share that meaningful and wonder filled part of
our lives together...........
Just a few days before Debbie died, she gave me a newspaper clipping
she carried in her purse for a long time. I think she wanted me to
read it tonight. The words of that clipping describe Debbie
Smith, as eloquently as anyone could. It said, "I expect to pass
through this world but once; any good thing therefore that I can do, or
any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now;
let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again."
To quote only a small part of the words of Tony Amata, even though I
can feel ever word of that song,
"I could have missed the pain, but I would had to miss the dance."
And Oh, How we did dance......
Debbie saw the best there was in me
Which made me the best that I could be
She gave me faith because she believed
I'm everything I am
Because she loved me!
Weep not----weep not,
Debbie is not dead;
She's resting in the bosom of Jesus."