On Feb. 2, 2015, Debora Howard passed away at Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center with her husband of 19 years, John Howard, holding her hand at the bedside.

Debi was born Dec. 9, 1957, at Williams Air Force Base in Mesa, Arizona, to James Royce McCown from Little Rock, Arkansas, and Carole Jean Ellis from Oklahoma. She grew up and attended high school in Ceres, California (near Modesto).

At 18 years old Debi had a brief marriage to Johnny Earl Berg and they had a daughter named Janna Z. Berg, who was raised by Debi’s parents.

Debi met her husband John through his sister while on a temporary job site where they were putting rubber around refrigerator doors and car sun roofs in 1990. His sister showed Debi a picture of John and said she should meet him. Debi went to a barbecue at his house and knew he was the one. They got married in 1993. Early in their marriage John got very sick and Debi took care of him.

In recent years Debi began having serious health problems and was hospitalized a number of times with John always by her side. Last summer after she fell and fractured her shoulder, she entered the Elder House for three months and believed being able to recover there saved her life. She got well enough to return home, where she lived the last four months of her life.

Although Debi did not attend a church in Kodiak, she was a believer and enjoyed the visits from Beth Davis, volunteer hospital chaplain and from Barbara of the Seventh Day Adventist church.

When Debi wasn’t with John she would pass the time playing cards, listening to classic country and mellow rock ’n’ roll music or watching documentaries and true stories on television. Debi will be greatly missed by her loving husband John and his daughter Jessica and three grandkids, and her younger sister Judith of California and so many people of Kodiak.

Condolences can be sent to John Howard at 714 E. Marine Way, No. 22, Kodiak, AK 99615.

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