Debbie Severe

04/15/1955 - 06/13/2020


The family of Debbie Severe will celebrate her life of 65 years at 2:00 pm on Saturday, June 27, 2020, at Lake Ridge Chapel. The family will host a time of fellowship and remembrance from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm Friday, June 26, 2020, at Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers. She passed away on Saturday, June 13, 2020. In support of the health of our community, the seating is limited due to the social distancing requirement set by Governor Abbott. The service will be live-streamed and will be available for thirty days on this page. You are encouraged to sign the virtual guestbook and to share memories and expressions of sympathy by selecting the icon.

Deborah (Debbie) Kay Smith Severe was born in Amarillo, Texas, on April 15, 1955, and was preceded in death by her parents John and Donna Smith.  She was raised in the community of Easter, Texas, and graduated high school in Hereford, Texas, in 1973.  She then attended Texas Tech University, graduating with a degree in Microbiology and a Minor in Chemistry, 1977.  After college, she received her Nursing Diploma from Methodist Hospital School of Nursing, 1979.

Working for over 40 years as a Registered Nurse, Debbie created many positive connections with her patients and co-workers.  She served in the operating room at University Medical Center in Lubbock, Texas, for 24 years.   She later moved to the Lubbock Heart Hospital, working in Surgical Services.   Within the past seven years, Debbie has had many adventures as a traveling nurse, living and working in Fort Worth, McKinney, Dallas, and Albuquerque.  Throughout her 40 years of experience, Debbie held many titles such as ENT Service Coordinator, Orthopedic & Neurosurgical Service Coordinator, QA Coordinator, Assistant Materials Manager, and Charge Nurse.  In the 1990s, Debbie was an active member of AORN (Association of Operating Room Nurses).  She attended congresses in San Diego, Anaheim, and Dallas.   In the Early 2000’s Debbie attended the World Pain Conference in Budapest, Hungary.

Although Debbie was passionate about her career, she was a dedicated mother first and foremost. She treasured her children and embraced every moment with them. Debbie had a vivacious personality and always made people around her laugh as she thought laughter to be the best medicine. She loved photography and took pictures of everything she found beautiful. Debbie loved to travel with friends and family; she loved Disney and made sure her family always had the most magical trips. Her most cherished time of the year was the annual family ski trip.   Her children have so many fond memories of their mother teaching them how to ski throughout the mountains in Taos, Santa Fe, Ruidoso, or Vail.  On these trips, they would all sing to The Beatles, Bonnie Raitt, Loggins, and Messina, or as Debbie would call it, “mountain music.”

Her driving force in life was always her faith.  She had a deep relationship with the Lord and passed that onto her children. Debbie’s light will shine on forever through those that she loved, and there is no doubt that she will be watching over them from heaven.

Debbie is survived by her son John and his wife Rachel, daughter Sarah and her fiancé Benjamin, sister Diane Smith, as well as aunts and uncles, all of whom she loved and touched deeply.


Celebration of Life

Life Tribute


Location: Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers
Start Time:6:00 pm
End Time:8:00 pm

Funeral Service

Location: Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers
Start Time:2:00 pm
End Time:3:00 pm



4 Comments on “Debbie Severe”

  1. My deepest condolence to Debbie’s family, especially John and Sarah. Debbie was one of the best Nurses there ever was. I learned so much from her – she loved being a Nurse and she loved her patients. She had a great sense of humor and a beautiful smile. I am very honored to have know her and benefited from her knowledge.
    Praying for peace and comfort for all who loved her. RIP Debbie.

  2. I am deeply saddened by Debbie’s passing. She was such an awesome nurse and person. I learned so much from her and respected her abilities so very much. She was a giving person and will be missed by many. The world has lost a great person. My prayers are with the family who are hurting. Rest in Peace Debbie.

  3. I last remember Debbie at son John’s and Rachel’s wedding in Dallas. The whole affair was lovely and so special for my sister Betty and me to renew acquaintances with our cousins. I first remember Debbie when our families lived in the same neighborhood in newly developed south Amarillo in little bitty houses and we were all young and everything was wonderful. I will also say (I had two little boys; Donnie had two little girls) that I was astonished to learn one could put Karo in a baby’s hair to make a curl. And those curls were darling.. And those girls were darling.

    May God rest Debbie and give her family His loving peace.

  4. Debbie had the best smile ever, may your memories of the good times be close to your heart and help you through this difficult and sad time.

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