Debra Andrade, 46, died at her home on Feb. 6, 2002. She was born in Honolulu on April 9, 1955, to Raymond and Nancy Beck. In the early 1960s she moved to Whidbey Island. She attended Oak Harbor schools, graduating from Oak Harbor High School in 1973. While attending high school she was a cheerleader and was involved with gymnastics and horseback riding. Debra received numerous ribbons and awards for gymnastics and for her horsemanship. Also during her high school years she attended seminary. In 1974 she left Oak Harbor for Hawaii, returning to Whidbey Island in 1991. She was employed with the Thrift Shop for the last several years.
Debra was an amazing cook, and loved to camp and be outdoors. She loved her home. The words she will be remembered for are “don’t rush me.” Debra was never in a hurry.
Debra is survived by her sons, Charles Andrade of Colorado and Mark Higa of Salt Lake City; her mother, Nancy Beck of Oak Harbor; and two brothers, Harrell and Darrell Beck, both of Seattle. She is also survived by her half brothers and sister, Wally and Richard Wong of Honolulu and Anna Mae Mori, also of Honolulu. She was preceded in death by her brother Edward in 1986.
A service was held Feb. 9 at the Church of the Nazarene with Pastor Ben Norris officiating. A graveside service at Maple Leaf Cemetery followed.
Remembrances may be made to the Oak Harbor Thrift Store. Arrangements were by Burley Funeral Chapel.