Harrell Funeral Home of Austin
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Austin, TX 78745
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Deborah Elliott Smithey, 58, passed away at home in Bee Cave, TX on Friday, May 20, 2022.
She was born July 24, 1963, in San Sebastian, Spain to Harry Clark and Maria Elliott. From there, Debbie lived a very adventurous life following her be... Read More
Deborah Elliott Smithey, 58, passed away at home in Bee Cave, TX on Friday, May 20, 2022.
She was born July 24, 1963, in San Sebastian, Spain to Harry Clark and Maria Elliott. From there, Debbie lived a very adventurous life following her beloved Basque mother and dad, USAF Major Harry Clark Elliott. She traveled all over the world with her family before deciding to plant roots in Austin, TX. Debbie attended Crockett High School where she thrived academically and earned the head varsity cheerleader and homecoming queen titles, but most importantly, made lifelong friendships that she cherished dearly.
She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin, finishing 14th in her class at the coveted McCombs School of Business in Finance. Her very impressive career concluded as the CFO & VP of Membership for the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. The most inspiring of her many roles was raising three lively, intelligent, and compassionate boys, all qualities of which she led by example.
Debbie was an avid writer, live music and comedy enthusiast, and True Crime TV fanatic, but above all, her favorite pastime was doting on her granddaughters. She loved curating their much anticipated "mail" to be delivered to their playhouse mailbox each morning. These deliveries included pages from coloring books she collected of their favorite princesses, personalized sticker letters, and of course the (not so) occasional monetary surprise.
The thing Debbie cherished most in life was her family. Debbie was preceded in death by her father, Harry Clark Elliott and brother, Dale Elliott. Survivors include her mother, Maria Elliott; husband, Derek Drewes; sons, Derek, Jacob, and Jackson Smithey; daughter-in-law, Alexandra Smithey; stepdaughter, Avery Drewes; granddaughters, Elliott, and Ryan Smithey; sisters, Lorrie Penry, and Jackie Shahan; furry companions, Sexy Rexy, and Violet.
In the words of the family, "We will miss Debbie/Debs/Sweet Momma/Annie but will cherish our fond memories of her as we celebrate her full life."
Debbie was a huge supporter of ASPCA and in lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made at http://aspca.org/donate
A Celebration of Life will be 2:00PM on Saturday, June 18, 2022 at Real Life Austin, 13701 FM 1826, Austin, TX 78737.
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