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Debbie Lea Anderson

May 29, 1954 — October 19, 2023


Our sweet angel, Debbie Lea Graham Peery Anderson passed away peacefully held by her loving family on October 19, 2023, after a long, valiant battle with cancer.

 The heavens were opened as she was received with loving arms by her Savior, her first husband Paul, her daughter Jenny, her mom, brother, and many aunts and uncles. We can only imagine this sweet heavenly reunion.

 Debbie was born May 29, 1954, in Worland, Wyoming to Vern Graham and Betty Joan Allen.  She graduated from Burlington High School and later attended Ricks College, and graduated with her Bachelor’s degree from BYU in English.

 She fell in love with Paul Peery and was married April 23, 1977. They had 4 children: Jenny, PJ, Julie and Kimberly. After many happy memories of camping, fishing trips, traveling, playing card games and lots of laughter, Paul and Jenny passed away in 1993. With faith in her Heavenly Father, she carried the family through this hardship and kept these traditions alive. Relationships only grew stronger with her children with her famous waffles, pancakes, trips of a lifetime to Hawaii, California, Cancun, Alaska, and a worldwide adventure to pick up PJ from his mission in Hong Kong traveling with Kim to Greece, Thailand, and Egypt.

 She was blessed to meet and fall in love with Jerry who brought joy and color back into her life. They were married on December 15, 2000. They have enjoyed cooking, traveling and spoiling grandchildren rotten together!

She never met a stranger and treated everyone like a friend. If she wasn’t offering you a bite right off of her plate of the most delicious food, she was there with a healing, loving hug and words of wisdom to help you through whatever hard was yours. She loved unconditionally and you could feel it. She endured more trials than most in her lifetime, but it only strengthened her faith in the Savior. Her feelings of peace were contagious because the source of peace was not of this world. She was an instrument in our Savior’s hand as she mourned with, lifted, strengthened, and helped those who were struggling. The Savior knew He could trust her to be an answer to someone’s prayer. She always seemed to know when someone was struggling and she would show up, call, or message at just the right times. She was a ministering angel to many.

 Viewings for family and friends will be held from 6:00-8:00 pm on Thursday, November 2, 2023, at Sundberg-Olpin Mortuary, 495 South State Street, Orem, Utah. Funeral Services will be held the following day, November 3rd, at 11:00 am at Orem Park 7th Ward Chapel, 50 South 750 West, Orem, Utah. We will have a short viewing from 9:30-10:30 am prior to the services at the church. Burial will be in the Orem City Cemetery.

 In lieu of flowers please keep her tradition alive by tipping thru a drive-through window, stopping at a sweet child’s lemonade stand, writing a handwritten note and mailing it to someone who needs to be loved. Brighten someone’s day with a sincere look in their eye and tell them thank you and that they are important. Hug your family a little tighter and let go of hard feelings. There is no room and not enough time for anything but love. When you think of someone, reach out to them. Love like Debbie!

Thank you for loving her, for loving us! We feel so blessed!


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Evening Viewing

Thursday, November 2, 2023

6:00 - 8:00 pm (Mountain time)

Sundberg-Olpin & Wheeler Mortuary

495 South State Street, Orem, UT 84058

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Friday, November 3, 2023

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Friday, November 3, 2023

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