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Debra and Grey was born February 8, 1955 in American Fork Utah to Robert Brown and Geraldine Myers. She grew up in Utah among cherished cousins and grandparents. Debbie married William David Grey on May 25, 1975 in Elko, Nevada. Together, they raised their daughter, Ammie Hickman, and although Amy was an only child, she was always surrounded by additional family members because Debbie and David were passionate about foster care. They opened their home to many children, but they tended to gravitate towards those extremely difficult to place children with special needs.
Debbie's career of choice was teaching. Among the multiple degree she held was her Special Ed degree, and although over her almost 40 year career she had taught every single grade of mainstream school, her true passion was in Special Ed. She was always drawn to the underdog and she always seemed to know what each individual child needed in order to flourish. David was always right there by her side, decorating bulletin boards and helping with field trips. He was such a big help! She was loved by so many of her students and has kept in touch with many of them to this day. Debbie retired from her teaching career in 2012, upon the birth of her first granddaughter Maddie Belle Hickman. My goodness did she love that baby girl! Not long after, Maddie Belle got a baby brother, Grayson Hickman. Debbie was positively overjoyed! She was the best grandma. She and David spent their days taking their grandbabies camping, fishing, swimming, rollerskating, and to every carnival that came through town. She always called both of them every single day after school to hear about their adventures. She found true joy and being a grandma, mom, teacher, wife, and friend. She was loved by so many and she will be missed.
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