Debi Wilson was born Oct. 23, 1954, in Houston, Texas, where she lived for nine weeks before moving to Ontario, Calif. Debi moved from Ontario to Santa Clara, Calif., while still in grade school, where she lived through her first year of college. Beginning in high school and continuing her studies at Chico State, Debi would travel to the Lake Tahoe area to ski whenever she could. For Debi, Lake Tahoe was paradise and she dreamed of moving to Lake Tahoe early and often. And, it was at Lake Tahoe that Tom Wilson and Debi met in 1975. Tom promptly enrolled at Chico State.
Tom and Debi were married in 1977 and moved to Newport Beach, Calif., where they made their living. By 1993 Debi and Tom and their family of three were ready to follow the dream of paradise. In 1993 the family left Southern California for the childhood dreams of their parents and soon they were living the dream in South Lake Tahoe. Tom made his living selling cars and Debi began life as a ski instructor at Heavenly Valley.
Debi lived her life in paradise following her dreams. She loved the outdoors and she made the best use of her time outdoors, skiing in the winter as much as possible and in the summer it was boating, hiking, camping, and golf.
Now, more than 14 years later, on Aug. 21, 2006, Debi passed away. She was returning on her Wave Runner when God called her home. God provided her the perfect day at Emerald Bay, her most cherished spot on Earth. God blessed her with a painless and peaceful passing.
Debi is survived by her husband of 29 years, Tom; and her three children Paul, Kelli and Kyler. Paul is a graduate of U.C. Santa Barbara, Kelli a student in progress at U.C. Santa Barbara, and Kyler a junior at South Tahoe High on his way to study abroad in Brasil.
Debi started and ended as a spirit true to herself. She understood that life is fleeting and she consumed time as a precious commodity.
Debi’s bright flame and contagious smile has left our lives but not our hearts. She is loved so much by so many. She could not possibly be forgotten. Debi will always be missed and always be loved by all the lives she touched so graciously.
A celebration of life will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, at Sierra Community Church.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society.