Debra Ann Groves


Debra Ann Marie Groves age 56, a resident of Hood River, Oregon, passed away peacefully on Friday, May 4th, 2012 at 4:17 a.m. at the Hopewell House in Portland Oregon, with her husband, children, and grandchildren at her side. She was diagnosed with Esophageal cancer just days before Christmas 2010, and fought valiantly through two surgeries and two long rounds of radiation and chemo. Throughout her battle, she was characteristically always more concerned about how everyone else was doing, rather than herself. She is the strongest, bravest, and most caring person that you could ever know, and we could not be more proud of her. She need not battle any longer, and can now rest in peace and in our hearts forever.

Debra was born in Baltimore, Maryland on Aug 7, 1955 to John Farrell Joseph and Jean Margaret Somerville. She was raised in England with her mother, father, and four brothers and four sisters. It was here that she met and married Terry A. Groves on Sept 18, 1982. She moved with her husband and three children to Klickitat, and bought a home in April of 1992. She loved gardening, reading, drawing and painting, along with camping, hiking, and going on outings with her children and grandchildren. She worked at the Klickitat School under AmeriCorps WRC for two years, and was an active member of the Ladies Auxiliary.

Debra is survived by her husband Terry, three children Zoe Somerville, Tami and Chris Groves, her six grandchildren Matthew, KyAnn, Kylie, and Markus Kessinger, Dilan Spies, and Talon Cabral. She is also survived by her four sisters Lynn King, Joann Coffey, Sandy Frankum, and Jane Hook; her four brothers John, Gary, Larry, and Richard Somerville, and 18 nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents John and Jean Somerville.

Memorial services will be held on Sunday, May 20, 2 p.m., at the Klickitat School gymnasium. Gardner Funeral Home and the Klickitat Women's Auxiliary are in charge of the arrangements.


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