The world lost one of the best when Debbie House peacefully passed away on Monday, August 21, at the age of 49. Debbie could light up the room with her infectious smile and her generous heart. If you needed anything, she was the first to be there to help. These last three years have challenged her positive outlook, but she still approached each day with the fiercest fight to make the most out of the time she had. Remembering the joy she brought to all of us helps ease a little of the immense grief her family and friends feel from her unexpected passing.
Debbie House was born to Harold and Barbara House on August 7, 1974, in Omaha, Nebraska. The youngest of four children, she completed our family. She graduated from Ashland-Greenwood High School and then earned her Associates Degree from Northeast Community College. She found her calling in customer service and spent the past 14 years at Cox Communications.
Debbie loved her family, her friends, her beloved dogs Kaycee and Mr. Beasley, the Kansas City Chiefs, Mickey Mouse, and cooking - and not necessarily in that order. Need a cooking book? Deb had tons of them. If there was a cooking show on TV, you can bet that Debbie would be watching it. Unless, of course, the Chiefs were playing. Then no one would even think about turning the game off because Deb was a fanatical Chiefs fan. And boy did she loudly celebrate their success!
Debbie loved her family but especially loved being an aunt to her nieces and nephews. They could call her and she would drop everything to spend time with them, taking them to play at Funtyme, girl time at the nail salon, or wherever they wanted to go. Sleepovers with Aunt Debbie were all-night movie fests and eating all the junk food they could. She would show no mercy in Monopoly, and while she didn’t trust any of her nieces or nephews to be the banker she would let them be co-bankers with her while she trained them to one day take over banker duties.
She is survived by her parents, her sister Cindi (David) Penski, brothers Scott (Judy) House and Dan (LeAnn) House; nieces and nephews Autumn (Aaron) Roubal, Sydney (Trevor) Bruegman, Seth (Hailey) House, Alex Penski, Allison Penski, and Justin House; great nieces and nephews Silus Cuthill, Vera Roubal and Brantley Bruegman; and her beloved Mr. Beasley. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Arlene and Harold House and Fern and Giggs Storovich as well as her beloved Kaycee Dog.
To honor Debbie’s memory, we are holding a celebration of her life on Friday, September 8, at 2:00pm at St. Luke United Methodist Church on 11810 Burke Street in Omaha. We invite anyone who knew Debbie to attend and remember the joy she brought to our lives. In lieu of flowers, we invite you to make a donation to the American Cancer Society.