Deborah Ellen Green

November 8, 1952 - May 20, 2023
May 25, 2023 38 Condolences Print Obituary Send Flowers

On May 20, 2023, after a brief and courageous battle with Cancer, Deborah “Debbie” Green passed away peacefully in her home, with her husband and son by her side. She was 70 years old.

Debbie (nee: McHolm), beloved wife of Raymond “Randy” Green, loving mother of Derek Green and his wife Tara, and devoted grandmother to their four children: Emilee, Alexa, Kennadie, and Brayden. Cherished daughter of the late Donald and Betty McHolm. Dear sister of Robert McHolm and his wife Julie, the late Michael McHolm and his wife Bonnie, and Jane McHolm. Adored aunt to her special nieces and nephews.

Debbie lived with a passion for adventure that led her around the world alongside her husband and best friend of fifty-one years, Randy. Having the opportunity to call 3 different continents home, was something that Debbie cherished. From Newtonville to Port Hope, England to Edmonton, and Chile to Mississippi, Debbie was truly grateful for the incredible friendships and memories she created along the way.

No matter where life took her, Debbie always approached the world with a big smile and a bigger heart. Her friends will tell you that Debbie lived life to the fullest and always brightened every room she entered. She loved to entertain and was at home in her kitchen with a glass of red wine, music, and an assortment of ingredients, eager to experiment with new recipes and create a beautiful meal to share with family and friends.

Her family will tell you she loved them with her entire heart and would never turn down a hug. The most sacred thing to Debbie was family, followed closely by friendships. She was never afraid to start up a conversation with a stranger, and often times, a simple “hello” to a couple sat at a nearby table, or an introduction to a new co-worker, led to endearing friendships.

Although Debbie is no longer with us, her memory will live forever in the hearts of those she touched.

A private Celebration of Life will be held for Debbie in Edmonton on June 4 th , 2023. A subsequent Celebration of Life will take place in Ontario for friends and family in the upcoming months, at a date and location to be determined.

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  1. I’m so sorry fir your loss. I got to meet Debbie only a couple of times, for a few days at a time.
    She really touched my heart. She was an amazing person. We connected realy quickly and had alot of fun together! I’m so grateful and blessed to meet such a wonderful lady. Rest in peace Beautiful soul ❤️ Forever when I hear the song Land of A Thousand Dances, I will think of her and smile. We had such a good time dancing that night!

    • Thanks so much Tamara. Randy

  2. We are deeply saddened to hear of this tragic news. Debbie truly is a light in this world!! Much love to you, Randy & the rest of the family ❤️❤️❤️

    • Thank you so much for your kind words Joy. Debbie will live on in our hearts and memories. Randy

  3. Hi Randy,

    I am so sorry to hear the bad news. I just hope a message from an old friend and colleague can bring a bit console to you. My heart goes out to you and your family.

    • Dear Randy and family,

      We are all shocked at how Debbie left us so quickly, but she left us all better people with her friendship and kind soul.
      We are grateful to have been able to share the last few months. She will never leave our hearts.
      We will miss all of our dinner we shared together, with all the bottles of red wine we drank together.
      We will miss her dearly and she will always be in our hearts.
      All our love.

    • Thank you so much for your kind words Francis. We have been friends for a long time and I will never forget how great you treated me while in China. Your friend, Randy

    • Hi Francis, Thank you for your kind message and loving words. Your friend, Randy

  4. Randy and family,
    My heart goes out to you in this difficult time. Deb was a smart, engaging, and warm person that I always looked forward to seeing when she came out to work events. I am so so sorry for your loss.

    • Thanks so much Melody for your kind words. Deb loved our time together in Santiago when we went out for a great evening out. She will always live on in our memories. Randy

  5. So sorry for your loss Aunt Debbie was an amazing lady full of love and laughter she will be missed by many. My heart goes out to you uncle Randy Derek and Tara and the kids. Love you all I am sending so many hugs from Ontario. ❤️
    I’m not very good with words of condolences but know I am thinking of you all.

    • Hi Melissa, thanks so much for you kind words and loving support. Thanks for cheering Deb up every day with your daily joke. She looked forward to that and she read every one to me. She will always be remembered and will live on in my heart and soul. Uncle Randy

  6. Randy: we remember so well in England when we asked you and Deb to join us in Ireland for a weekend . Deb said “Randy we can’t go with them, he is your Boss”! We said no you are friends and Randy is a much better driver on the wrong side of the road. We had a wonderful time and learned to love Deb too. Randy we are here for you come visit bring the family call anytime. Love you

    • John and Cherie, thank you so much for thinking of these great memories. It was truly an awesome time and so much fun and laughs. I will never forget them. Thanks also for all your support through this difficult time. Your friend, Randy

  7. Randy and family
    So sorry to hear about your loss. Condolences from myself, Dan, mom and dad and family in this difficult time

    • Jay, Thank you so much for your and your families condolences. This means a lot to me. Randy

  8. My dear friend Randy,
    All our love and condolences to you and family for the terrible lost. I will always pray for you so you can endure this difficult time in life. Debbie passed to the next life, which is far better than this one. There is a God, there is a heaven, there is a reunion with our loves ones that passed away before us. I am sure of that.
    All my love and prayers for you always.
    Your friend, Susan

    • Susan, thank you so much for your love, prayers and condolences. They mean a lot to me and please keep me up to date on WhatsApp. Un abrazo desde tu amigo de Canadiense, Randy

  9. Tough time Randy, I am so sorry for your loss.

    • Rodney, thanks for your kind words, I need to figure a better way to communicate with you as I miss our conversations mate! Your friend, Randy

  10. Randy, great obituary for Deb. I remember great times with you and Deb and will never forget your and Deb’s hospitality. I am here for you if you ever want someone to talk to. If you are ever down South, you will always be welcomed at my house. Love you and will keep you in my prayers.

    • Andy, thanks for your kind words and prayers, I also remember all the great times in Chile and Newton. I may take a trip south when things settle down a bit and would love to get out for a game of golf just like the good old days. Your friend, Randy

  11. My condolences to all of you. May good memories and peace be yours in this time.

  12. Garry, thank you for your condolences. Randy

  13. Dear Randy, Such a beautifully written tribute to Debbie. I am sure the celebration of Debbie on June 4th will be beautiful and full of wonderful memories and stories. We look forward to seeing you in Portland when the time is right.
    Our hearts and thoughts are with you and your family,

    • Thanks so much Anna for the kind words. It will frobably be sometime in the fall when I can make it down. wishing you and your family all the best and gratz on your new promotion. Your friend, Randy

  14. Randy, Derek, Tara and family
    Words can’t express our sincere sorrow for the loss of your loved one.
    We were very shocked and saddened when Debbie told us her diagnosis in Feb. but we knew she was going to fight it and she courageously did that til the end with you and your loving family at her side supporting and caring for her.
    We have great memories of all the fun times we spent laughing and sharing funny stories together at all of our family events over the years.
    Debbie was a strong, caring, loving person and will be sadly missed by us and all who knew her.
    Our hearts are broken, all our love to you and your family
    Valerie, Mark & Jason

    • Thanks so much Mark, Val and Jay for the kind loving words. We will all truly miss Deb but her spirit and memories will live on in our hearts, Love Randy

  15. Randy we are so sorry to hear this news. She was a bright light in our lives and we are so glad for our Chile chapter with her/you. We send all our love. Rest in peace sweet Debbie ❤️
    I think of her singing up-down funk you up in our elevator often. She sure made us all laugh.
    Thinking of you,
    Kristen & Chris Burkard

    • Kristen and Chris. Thank you so much for the kind things you said about Debbie. She loved you guys and always had so much fun around you. I still remember the golfing, drinking and of course the chili cook off’s. Debbie was am amazing person and a wonderful wife and friend for over 50 years and none of us will ever forget her and the great memories. Your friend, Randy

  16. To Randy, Derek and all of Debbies’s loved ones,
    We extend our sincere to condolences to you on your tremendous loss.
    We have such fond memories of our time working with Debbie.
    She was a big part of our success and we are so grateful that we had the years with her before she moved to England.
    It has been years since that move but she has remained in our hearts as a treasured member of our work family.
    The Gilmer Family

    • Karen, Thanks so much for your kind words. Debbie always loved working at Gilmers and most of all she loved you and all her co-workers. We had 54 years of love and friendship and we managed to live and meet wonderful people in 3 continents. But most of all we had a wonderful family filled with many lovely friends! We had talked many times about how blessed we felt and we wouldn’t have wanted to change a thing. Debbie will live on in our memories. Thanks Karen, Randy

  17. Dear Randy,

    We were so sad to hear this news today of sweet and hysterically funny Debbie. Michael and I cherished our visits in Chile and Canada with the two of you, and Debbie’s warm and open friendship she clearly shared with so many she met. It personally brought us to tears remembering how you both went out of your way to visit us in the hospital after our June was born and we were so far from family. June’s first visitors and stand in grandparents for the day ❤️. We are thinking of you and sending giants hugs from the US, and an extra large toast for red wine as Debbie would do!

    • Dear Abbey and Michael. Thank you so much for your kind loving words and for mentioning your loving memories of Deb. She was an amazing lovely kind person that touched everyones heart that she met! I feel truly blessed to have had her as my lover and friend for over 50 years. Deb asked me to remember the song I hope you dance by Lee Anne Warmack and to please play it at her celebration of life. Debbie lived life to the fullest and always took a chance and danced. We have had an amazing life with amazing family and friends. we have always feel grateful and blessed. If ever up my way please look me up. As you know I have lots of room here for you to stay. Love Randy

  18. Uncle Randy, Derek, Tara and Family,
    I am soooo very sorry and honestly heartbroken to have lost my beautiful Aunt Deb. I can’t even really find the words to express how very special she was to me. Having such a special bond with her and sharing sooo many parts of my life with all of you is something I will cherish forever. I am admittedly struggling to process this but wanted you all to know that I love you all and will have Aunt Deb close to my heart forever. 💔 Love Forever, Sherry xoxoxo

    • Sherry, Thanks so much for your kind words and for letting us know how you feel. Your aunt Deb was a special lady and she loved you with all of her heart. She was always so proud of you and many times told me how much you reminded her of herself when she was your age. That is a wonderful compliment. Deb and I have had an incredible fabulous marriage, friendship and life. We have always felt blessed! Aunt Deb wants us all to have fond memories so her spirt lives on in our hearts. She asked me to comfort anyone struggling with her passing as she wanted everyone to cellebrate her life & she always tried to comfort and fix broken hearts. I love you Sherry, Uncle Randy

  19. Randy I am so sorry for your great loss. Cousin Debbie and I always joked about which of us was older and I teased her saying it was her. It was me. I only ever remember Debbie as an upbeat happy positive person to be around even when we were kids. I can only imagine the pain you are all feeling right now. You do however have a wealth of great memories to eventually look back on knowing what a great life you built together.
    Although the years took us great distances apart whenever we crossed paths one thing that jumped out was how proud she was of you and your son. May she rest in peace and May you find the strength to go on.

    • Hi Mark, Thanks so much for your kind words and loving message. Debbie always had fun around you and she always commented about what a kind person you were and how much she liked you! Debbie and I shared a wonderful life, an amazing family and we truly always loved one and other! You are 100 percent correct when you comment about how much she loved her son! In Debs eyes, Derek walked on water and still did til the day she died! I hope I can find strength from all the wonderful messages people have sent and memories of Debbie will always live on in my heart! Randy

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