Debbie Tobola

Deborah Kay Tobola, 54, of Lacy Lakeview, was called home Monday, January 14, 2013. She passed away peacefully in her sleep at home. A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held at 3pm, Thursday, January 17 at Lake Shore Funeral Home Chapel, 5201 Steinbeck Bend in Waco. Thoughts and memories may be shared in the online Guest Book at

Debbie was born on June 24, 1958 to James and Charlene Terry of Waco. She married Joe Tobola on August 14, 1976. Joe and Debbie shared 36 years of marriage and raised 5 beautiful children.

Debbie was a very caring person who never met a stranger. She had a heart full of love and will be missed dearly by her friends and family.

Debbie was preceded in death by her parents, and her brother, David Terry.

She is survived by her husband Joe; her daughters, Annie Salinas and husband Richard, Melissa Vaughn and Husband Steven, Jennifer Quick and husband Matt, and Katie Monaghan; her son, Lawrence Monaghan; grandchildren Steven, Allie, Caleb, and Braydon; sisters Jamie Tindell, Cindy Monaghan, and Kathie Williams; brother, Doug Terry; special sister in law, Cynthia Klepper; and numerous family members and loved ones.

The family would like to suggest memorials in Debbie

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Condolence Messages

  1. I’m so glad I had the chance to get to know this family. Debbie was a special part in everyone’s life, and she was always so gracious to me. She never turned me away from their home, and I am so grateful to her for all of her kindness. I am very sad to hear she is no longer with us, praying for the family in this hard time. God bless

  2. Buddy and Patty Christenson

    Our prayers and sympathies to Debbie’s family. I was blessed to have her as my cousin and am comforted knowing she is with her Dad and Mom in our glorious heaven.

    Much love, Buddy and Patty

  3. Carla Stephens (Livingston)

    I worked with Debbie at Hill Printing many years ago. She was a very sweet person to everyone! I will always remember her kind smile. May God be with you all during this most difficult time. Carla

  4. Carolyn and Ted Vicha

    Our prayers and thoughts are with you during this difficult time. May God give you strength to treasure your memories of Debbies love and caring ways. She has earned her angel wings and is now smiling aa ahe continues to watch and care for each of you. We so appreciate both Debbie and Joe and know their love has meant so much to Kailey and Lawrence. May God bless all of you and hold you close at this time.

  5. I grew up with Debbie and we were best friends when were younger. She would come by and call my mom ever now and then.Sh e was a beautiful person.

    Cheryl (Lyamn) Bates

  6. So sorry to hear the news about Debbie. We are thinking of you and your the family. God’s blessings on all of you.

  7. I love you Debbie! I will forever cherish the memories I have of you! May you rest in peace as you walk amongst the Angels and may Gods Devine glory surround you until we meet again! Please give your parents, my parents, and Randy a hug from me! I love you!

  8. Eileen Tobola Lyster

    Joe and family,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family,

  9. Thanks for being my best friend. I’ll miss you always. R.I.P Debbie. Love ya

  10. RIP Debbie! Your sweet smile will be missed!



  12. Linda & Jim Kroll

    There are just so many wonderful memories of Debbie as a laughing and bubbly person. A person who would take care of everybody and love doing so. Our prayers and thoughts are with the Tobola and Terry families at your loss.

  13. "Some people come into our lives,leave footprints on our hearts,and we are never the same." Gonna miss you Debbie!

  14. Debbie was a loving caring mother. When u lose a mother you lose a person that really loves you. Our thoughts and prayers go to the family.


    You will always be remembered as a kind hearted beautiful lady inside and out.Fly with the Angels and smile upon us. Debbie you will be missed but your life is just beginning in the glorious gates of Heaven.

  16. I last saw Debbie at Lindsey Teague Jones baby shower. We picked up right where we left off many years earlier. It was wonderful. Debbie was one of those people who touched my heart in a special way. She was a touchstone for so many in the Connally ISD family – especially loving my two daughters as if they were her own. Heaven has truly received an angel!

  17. Mollie and Jerry Lynch

    We are so saddened by Debbie’s passing. She was a remarkable person who touched so many people in her life. I remember Debbie was always smiling and loved having fun. Thank you for sharing the pictures of Debbie and her beautiful family. Our prayers are with her loved ones and many friends. Our family has another angel now.

  18. To Debbie’s Family:
    Oh my, what a beautiful person, both inside and out! She truly loved and cared so much for her precious children. I extend my love and sympathy to each of you. May our Lord guide you and be with you at this time. Love, Nancy Vidrine

  19. I love you soo much Aunt Debbie. I’m going to missing all the long talks we had together. Im still in can’t believe that ur gone. Love you Nicole

  20. My thoughts and prayers are with you Mellisa and Amie. So sorry about your loss.

  21. Robert & Melissa Wetzel

    Yal are in our prayers my god be with yal and bless yal.

  22. Robert Pietzsch (Peach)

    Debbie was a great person. She always helped with the Connally drill team which my daughter Kristen (Peach) was a member. She was the glue of the Terry family and will be sorely missed. Peace and prayers, Peach

  23. Rosalinda M. Silva

    Joe, Cindy and family. Please accept my sincerest sympathies in the loss of Debbie. She was such a sweet and loyal friend when I knew her. I will always remember her and Joe taking care of Maria when I had to go work and to my favorite pasttime

  24. I miss you already Debbie….love you

  25. If I had to describe Deborah in one word…. Awesome. I have no doubt that she will be missed by all of those who had the privilege of meeting her. My condolences to Joe, Amie, Melissa, Jennifer, Katie, Lawrence, Richard, Steven and the rest of her friends and family. It can’t be easy losing someone as great as Deborah. Love you all

  26. My heart and soul will always have a deep respect for this loving woman. She cared for more than life it seemed. She will always be remembered and loved. Thank you for your love Debbie.

  27. So sorry to hear about Debbie. She always made me feel like I was still part of your wonderful family. I am sorry I can’t be there with you.
    Tammy Dulock

  28. So sorry to hear about your loss. I know its not easy losing your mother. Just know you have a guardian angel looking down on you. I will be keeping your family in my prayers during this difficult time.

  29. Tayanna and Johnny Seniceros

    So sorry for your loss. Debbie was such a loving and careing person. She will always be missed. Prayers are with the family.

  30. I was so sorry to hear about Debbie’s passing. The last time I visited with Debbie was at my Mom’s funeral and I enjoyed her so much. She was a wonderful mother and a wonderful woman. The thoughts and prayers of my family are with her family, Jaime, Doug, Cindy, and Kathy. Tia

  31. So sorry for your loss, Joe and family. May you find comfort in your memories and knowing that Debbie is now in His care. Your loss is heaven’s gain!

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