Debra Detwiler Jones

Profile Updated: October 1, 2018
Residing In: Tucson, AZ USA
Spouse/Partner: Bern Jones
Occupation: Retired; Master Mentor/Counselor f/t Deaf&HH
Children: Jessica born 1979 living in the L.A. CA area and Blake born 1983 (living in the KC MO area).

Grandson More…born April 2017

After Memorial, I attended the University of Arizona and graduated with my B.S. and M.S. degrees in Rehab Counseling specializing in Counseling with Deaf/HH individuals and their families. I married my college sweetheart in 1975 and our work moved us to Omaha,NE, El Paso, TX, Big Spring, TX, Olathe, KS, Denver, CO, back to Kansas, and then to Tucson, AZ where we have come full circle and are residing currently. Somewhere during these years, we started a family. Daughter Jessica and son Blake were born and are now successful and happy adult "kids". Last August (2014) Jessica blessed us also when found and married wonderful man, Steven. In turn we gained a thoughtful, kind, loving, and generous son-in-law.
Currently I am "retired" and living with my husband of 43 years in Tucson, AZ. My mother passed away in 2012 after 10+ years of dealing with dementia/Alzheimer's and we were blessed to be able to move both her and my father from FL (at my father's request) to Tucson in 2006 so that we could all be closer during their remaining years. What a gift. My father passed away in 8 months later in 2007. He knew. I had lost my only sib/younger brother Kim to cancer in 2002 and he is buried in Tulsa which he considered "home". In 2013 and 2016 we buried my in laws.
Latest update since April 2017, I became a grandma which I thought would NEVER be in the cards! Coming to this game late, but better late than never! :-)

School Story:

The "Chargerettes", Surfs (synchronized swimming) and sports/games saved my sanity when I was at Memorial trying to keep my head above water with doing homework. I also belonged to some "Home Ec" club. When I went to our 20th H.S. reunion, I was struck thinking that Memorial had not changed that much. The computers and other machines seemed to be antiquated at the time, but I had a great time at our reunion. I recall blushing from embarrassment when my husband Bern went up to our former principal, Ken Bays, shook his hand and said, "HI Mr. Bays! You remember me??" Poor Mr. Bays - he was trying so hard to remember. I finally said, "Don't pay attention to him - he didn't even go to school here." Mr. Bays did remember me, though! Since I have moved so much since Memorial, I have not had the opportunity to be back in Oklahoma much since then except for my brother's funeral in 2002.

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Nov 30, 2018 at 11:33 AM

I am so sorry to hear of Debbie’s passing and struggles with cancer. I remember her fondly at Memorial through Pep Club, yelling the loudest cheering the Chargers at games, her Spirit and her Pep. But best of all her smile. Gone too soon. My condolences to her family. 

Oct 17, 2018 at 3:33 AM
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Oct 01, 2018 at 11:33 AM

I am so saddened to hear of Jan’s passing. I moved to AZ for college and then got married and moved around some more so we didn’t keep in touch after Memorial. However when I was there at Memorial HS she was very nice and friendly towards me. In fact I believe we may have been in synchronized swimming together. May her family and friends find peace. Steve thanks for your nice tribute and being such a good friend. 

Oct 01, 2018 at 10:54 AM
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Posted on: Feb 02, 2018 at 10:44 AM

Hey Kathy! Great to see you join us here!

Oct 17, 2017 at 3:33 AM
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May 17, 2017 at 11:33 AM

Tim will surely be missed by many most of all by his loving children and wife Mary . I miss his everpresent smile and upbeat personality. I tried to post my condolences on this website when Tim's tragedy occured but it would not let me to without admin status so then I attempted to sent correspondence through the "Contact us" link. RIP Tim Adams . I will miss our correspondence here in Earth. You were always a great help to me and now another one of our "angels". I am glad you are no longer in pain. 

Debra Detwiler Jones has left an In Memory comment for Gary Payne.
Feb 19, 2017 at 11:33 AM

I am always so saddened when I read of a Memorial classmate's passing here. My deepest sympathies and prayers are going out to Larry and the rest of the Payne family. I remember Gary being kind, funny, and loving life. And so cute! So many great memories through h.s. Social Clubs. May your memories and recollections of fun times together sustain you during this difficult time. Thank you for letting us all know on the Memorial Classmates website.
Debbie (Detwiler) Jones
Tucson, AZ



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Posted on: Jan 29, 2017 at 10:14 PM

Happy birthday Tim!!! I hope it was a wonderful and blessed day. Have a great year and many more. ??????

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Posted on: Jul 23, 2016 at 10:33 AM

Welcome Tom! Glad you decided to join us here!

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Posted on: Jul 23, 2016 at 10:31 AM

Hey Jen! How have you been? Time to update your profile here! LOL I got an email from what I had as your address the other day but it had a weird link in it and no message so I deleted it. Still in Oklahoma? Hugs! Deb

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Jan 28, 2016 at 4:10 PM

Posted on: Jan 28, 2016 at 12:44 PM

Happy Birthday Tim!! I hope you have a blessed day and entire 2016! So glad we have reconnected. Didn't hear of a 45th Memorial reunion last year but maybe if we all are still alive and kickin' in 2020 and there is one for our 50th reunion we can all get together. ;-)

Oct 17, 2015 at 3:33 AM
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Jan 22, 2016 at 8:55 AM

Posted on: Sep 17, 2015 at 9:53 AM

Julie! Welcome!

Debra Detwiler Jones has left an In Memory comment for Craig Shapard.
May 24, 2015 at 3:33 PM


Thank you for posting this. I did not know Craig well and left Tulsa, OK right after highschool to transfer with my AF career parents and follow where they led me and my brother (to AZ and UofA and then many states since then before coming back). However,  I really appreciate this website and those of you that do keep in touch more with each other, keep this website up, and still have family or personal ties to Memorial and the Tulsa and OK communities.  I am sorry for your loss of Craig as a friend and am glad that you were able to see him more recently.                  

Warmly, Debbie (Detwiler) Jones

Tucson, AZ 







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