Deborah Kay Luster, 44, of Pinedale, Wyo., a former Baker City resident, died June 13, 2005, in a car accident near Evanston, Wyo.
Her memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Pastor Lennie Spooner of the First Church of the Nazarene will officiate. There will be a reception afterward at the home of Carolyn and Melvin Luster.
Debbie was born on Jan. 13, 1961, at Twin Falls, Idaho. She was the sixth of nine children born to her mother, Mary Helen Sartain Sharp of The Dalles. She also had five siblings from her father, William Bradley “Bill” Barnette.
As a young girl, she moved to Oregon where she attended school. She grew up primarily in the Eugene area. There she met and married William “Bill” Jensen. The coupled followed the family in a move to The Dalles where they raised their children for several years.
After Bill died, she spent several years in the Portland area before she met John Luster. They were married on Dec. 22, 1996. They lived in Oregon for several years before a job led them to their home at Pinedale, Wyo., where they had lived for the past three years.
Debbie was interested in genealogy and finding her family roots. She collected stuffed bears and Simpson memorabilia. Her passion and greatest love in life was for her family and friends. She was a loving wife and mother of three children. She will be deeply missed by those who knew her.
Survivors include her husband, John of Wyoming; her mother, Mary; her children, Jamie Lee Cimon of Portland, Melina Marie Jensen Phillips of Eglin, Air Force Base, Fla., and William Lee Jensen II, also of Pinedale, Wyo.; four grandsons, Avery Quinton and Sydney Alexander Phillips of Florida, William Lee III and Cody Richard Jensen of Portland; her siblings, Michael of Montana, Tish, Lee, Linda, Eddie and Ritchie of Oregon, Jim of Washington, Charles of Wisconsin, William “Chip” and Dean of Georgia, Tim of Virginia and Joyce of Idaho; and numerous nephews, nieces, aunts and uncles.
She was preceded in death by her father; her first husband, William Lee Jensen I; and a brother, Jerry of Idaho.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice through Gray’s West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.
Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, June 27, 2005
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor