Deborah Alice Magee

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Deborah Alice Magee of Waco, passed away February 7, 2024, at home surrounded by family.

VISITATION:  5 – 7PM Monday, February 12, 2024 at Lake Shore Funeral Home
FUNERAL SERVICE:  10AM Tuesday, February 13, 2024 at Lake Shore Funeral Home
INTERMENT:  Oakwood Cemetery

Debbie was born October 2, 1952 in Mexia, Texas to Frank and Margaret Dickson. She graduated from Richfield High School in 1971. After graduating high school, Debbie moved to Houston, Texas, where she had her three daughters and began working in the Oil and Gas Industry. The draw of being back home proved too great, and Debbie moved back to Waco where she took a position as an Executive Assistant to the Dean of the Hankamer School of Business at Baylor University.

It was here Debbie made her career as she started at Baylor in 1988 and worked in the same position until her retirement in 2020. There, she forged lifelong friendships, and one year was named Employee of the Year, where she was honored with a spot on a float during Baylor’s Homecoming.

One thing Debbie loved to do was throw a party. Whether it was at Baylor, for her girls, or other friends, she loved hosting. Everyone always came away having a great time and everything was always perfect. She absolutely loved traveling, whether it was trips with her husband or taking family vacations to Florida and Colorado. She was always ready to shop. You could always find her either at NorthPark Mall or out antiquing with her girls. But most of all, “Dede” loved spending time with her eight grandchildren and her Boston Terriers.

Shortly after retiring in 2020, Debbie’s retirement dreams scuttered because of the COVID pandemic, and then shortly after that she received her diagnosis of Alzheimer’s. But she did not let that deter her, as she spent the last year and half spending as much time as she could with family and friends, making memories that will last throughout the days. The family would also like to recognize caregiver Ester De Los Santos for being there with Debbie these past few months. Whether it was helping her get ready or taking her out to lunch, Ester played a vital role during her last days.

She is preceded in death by her father, Frank Dickson. She is survived by her husband, Wayne Reed; mother, Margaret Dickson; brother Doug Dickson and wife Cindy; sister Donna Flowers and husband Ken; daughter Jessica Fadal and husband Bruce; daughter Lindsey Fuentes and husband Doug; daughter Danielle Valadez; grandchildren Hayden Fadal, William Fadal, Douglas Fuentes II, Margaret Fuentes, Charles Fuentes, Bella Valadez, Zoe Valadez and Remi Valadez.

While she only had three girls of her own, her house was always filled with their friends and laughter. To the “Girls”, she was definitely the “Cool Mom”

Memorials may be made to the Waco Alzheimer’s Association or to the charity of choice.

Place of Service: Lake Shore Funeral Home , 5201 Steinbeck Bend; Waco, TX 76708

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  1. Very saddening when I received the news, such a wonderful lady. My condolences for the family..

  2. Nicole Selden (Savage)

    I am so sorry to hear of this news! My thoughts and prayers are with Debbie’s family as you process this grief. I had the privilege of working for Debbie all 4 years of my time at Baylor as her student aid. She was so patient and so kind, and always showed so much interest in my life and activities. We remained friends after I left for graduation, and kept in touch at several of her amazing homecoming reunion parties she put on. I remember coming to her for boy advice and she always encouraged me to remember my worth and never let anyone treat me like I was less than. I will hold her in my heart. Rest in peace Debbie.

  3. Heaven gained a beautiful spirit- she’s leaving us with precious memories and happy thoughts of events we’ve been able to attend. Sending love and prayers, Connie and Judy

  4. Danielle and family.I am so so sorry for your loss.My prayers are with you and your family honey.

  5. Sincere condolences to Debbie’s family. I served with her for many years at Hankamer School of Business. I always found her to be most proficient in her work and pleasant and caring in her interpersonal relationships. I am sad that she did not have more years of good health to enjoy her retirement. I know that she will be greatly missed. She made the world a better place.

  6. Bluebonnet Health (Hospice) Services Team

    Dear Alton Reed and Family,

    We are very sorry for your loss, you and your family have our deepest condolences. It is our hope and prayer that all the special memories you all shared will provide peace and comfort now and in the days ahead. God Bless.

    Bluebonnet Health (Hospice) Services Team

  7. Connie Bruce Fuller

    So sorry to hear about Debbie. We were in first grade together and then at Richfield. Always so kind. She was the Yellow Rose of Texas in a music play at Dean Highland. We would walk home or ride bikes together to the end of Trice! Prayers for her family.

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