DEBBIE TOPLIFF, a loving wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister and friend recently passed away with her family by her side. The only daughter of Marcie and Doug Lowdon, Debbie was born and raised in Spokane having one brother, Mike. She had a caring husband of 32 years, Jim, and three wonderful daughters: Lani (Ryan) Kluh, Haley Topliff and Chrissy (Andy) Triggs, one grandson, Nolan, and her beloved dog, Tripp. There is a huge absence in all our lives right now, but we are comforted that Debbie lived a very rewarding life, had such amazing daughters and had the opportunity to spend quality time with her grandson, who resparked her zest for life.
Debbie attended WSU, UW and EWU, obtained her teaching certificate and went on to be an elementary school teacher in Cheney for many years. This fit with her spirit of curiosity and innocence. She retired to become a full-time mom after Chrissy was born, a role she cherished and excelled at in every way. There could not be a better mother than Debbie.
Debbie was a great cook and loved to bake. She had many favorites that she loved to prepare for her family and friends. She was especially known for her huckleberry cheesecake. We will need to find her successor to carry on that recipe and tradition.
Of course, the highlight of her life was her three beautiful daughters, her new grandson and Tripp. Her absolute favorite thing was to spend quality time with them at the family lake cabin on Lake Pend Oreille. Having gone to the lake with her parents since childhood, Lake Pend Oreille was truly in her DNA. She loved every minute she spent as the “Lady of the Lake” on Warren Island.
Debbie also enjoyed traveling with her husband, Jim, and the family, whenever possible. They were fortunate to have seen many interesting places and certainly checked many boxes for a very fulfilling life.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 7, 2019 at Hennessey Funeral Home, 2203 N. Division. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that contributions may be made either to the Community Cancer Fund, 510 West Riverside #500, Spokane, Washington 99201; or to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Spokane, 544 East Providence Avenue, Spokane, Washington 99207.
Community Cancer Fund
510 W Riverside Ave, Suite 500, Spokane WA 99201