Debby Mcletchie

Memorial Service

2:00 pm
Saturday, January 12, 2019
Bethel Evangelical Missionary Church
123 4th Ave S
Three Hills, Alberta, Canada

Obituary of Debby Mcletchie

It is with great sadness mixed with even greater joy that we share the passing of our dear mother, sister and friend Debby Mcletchie - sadness at our loss, but joy that she is in heaven in the presence of the Lord she loved and served. Safely home.

Debby was born in Lethbridge, AB, on June 3, 1951, to Spencer and Ruth Schinnour, the thrid of four children. As she grew, the family lived in Lethbridge, then Morrin and finally Drumheller where she completed her High School. Later she went on to secure her RN and BScN at U of A. She nursed at the Cross Cancer Hospital in Edmonton, doing cancer research. She was in charge of the day clinic administering treatment to cancer patients. During her time at the Cross, two nurses shared with Debby about having a relationship with Jesus Christ. On March 7, 1977, at 7:00 pm (Deb was always on time) she received Jesus Christ as her personal Saviour and launched into a life of serving God and others. Facing a choice of taking a prominent position at the Cross or serving the Lord on the field, Debby chose the latter and spent the next year in Thailand serving in a refugee camp. She nursed and trained local nurses to work in a 90 bed hospital - no electricity, no running water, mats on the ground for beds, trees serving as IV poles. One of the highlights and challenges in her life. 

She returned to Canada to study Bible at Prairie Bible Institute. There she married Michael Mclethchie. She took on a whole new role and for the next 18 years poured her life and love into making a home and raising a family. 

Children raised and off to their own pursuits, she started afresh with ministry to others. She and Gaylene Archibald were hired by Rehoboth Christian Ministries and teamed up to build a ministry in Three Hills to support persons with disabilities. Deb’s main focus was the Team Leader working with the individuals and their families in a residential setting. Facing significant health issues, Deb went on long term disability. But you can’t keep a determined woman down. After a few years of recovery, Deb and Gaylene began the “Monday Club” providing a day program for adults with dementia, - giving their spouces a day of respite each week. During these years, Deb renewed her RN credentials, focusing on palliative care. Until her dying day, this has been her passion - supporting people at home or in hospital, arranging teams of people to support individuals and serving on the Palliative Care Committee.  During her years, Debby grew and deepened in her love for the Lord Jesus.  She prayed daily for her family and others in need and she studied God’s Word with a passion to apply it. She loved worship and delighted to serve in the church especially with the elderly and the infirm. 

Debby was gifted by the Lord in leadership, in giving and in serving others. She developed a perseverance that surpassed her pain (and usually surpassed everyone working with her!)

Debby was adventurous in travel as well. She traveled Canada coast to coast, the US, and many countries in world of which her favorite was Israel.  Set for this fall wa a safari in Africa. Heaven will well surpass this!

Deb was generous to a fault and always put others before herself. She lived life to the full, finished well and now is Safely Home.

“True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at all cost.” - Arthur Ashe.

Debby is predeceased by her parents Spencer and Ruth Schinnour. She is survived by: her children Kirsteen (Phil) Connelly (Jack, Sam, Adam); Fiona Mcletchie, Iain McLetchie (Cole, Dane, Luke) and Andrew Mcletchie; her siblings Robb Schinnour, Sheri Walli (Carla, Chrissy), and Wendy (Paul) Wiens (Steven (Lennae), Becky, D.J. (Raelene), Josh (Bre)) and her best friend and house mate of 20 years Gaylene Archibald.

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