Deborah Jeanne Remick – The Santa Barbara Independent

Deborah Jeanne Remick, age 76, passed away on April 26, 2024 at UCSF Medical Center, with her son Cory by her side. She was born on November 5, 1947 in San Francisco, California.

From an early age, Debby was a woman of strong faith. Her faith was a central part of her life, and she found great comfort in God’s unconditional love for her (John 3:16). Her faith allowed her to show love to others and share God’s love with them. She devoted much of her time during her teenage and adult years to serving others, especially through outreach and women’s ministries as a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Over time, she became involved in the communities of Seventh Day Baptist, Messianic Jewish Alliance of America and Jewish Community Centers. She and her husband led a messianic congregation, Beth Messiah, in Santa Barbara through the MJAA from 1996 to 2008. They celebrated and taught others about the Jewish roots of the Christian faith. Debby’s life purpose was to share the good news and love of Jesus Christ with others, knowing that one day we will all meet our Creator face to face. This was important to her, regardless of one’s background, religion or belief system. Debby, who comes from a long line of Seventh-day Adventists on her mother’s side, observed the Saturday Sabbath and was a vegetarian for much of her life.

Debby attended Atlantic Union College in Lancaster, Massachusetts, where she studied nursing and met her husband, Ralph. They had their first date on Valentine’s Day in 1966, a day that remained very special to Debby through the decades. Debby and Ralph were initially married on November 18, 1967 in a civil ceremony in Brookline, New Hampshire, followed by a church wedding in Massacusetts on June 2, 1968. The ceremony was officiated by Debby’s father-in-law, a seventh. Day Adventist minister.

Debby had a successful nursing career that took her through several states including Massachusetts, Texas, Colorado and California. During her time as an emergency room nurse, she provided quality care and compassion to everyone she cared for. In the final years of her career, she transitioned to working in oncology, where she found deep fulfillment and purpose in engaging in spiritual conversations with her patients.

Debby and her husband settled in California after returning from Vietnam. They lived in Santa Barbara, California, for almost 40 years, where their sons were born and raised. In 2009, they retired to Grass Valley, CA, where Debby spent the last fifteen years of her life.

Debby’s interests included reading, listening to music, cooking and especially sewing and quilt making. The quilted heirlooms she created, along with the cherished memories of her, are highly prized by those blessed enough to have received them. Her warm smile, caring nature, sense of humor and the immense love she showed in both joyful and difficult times are deeply missed by her friends and family.

Debby is survived by her husband of 56 years, Ralph Remick of Grass Valley, CA, her son and daughter-in-law, Cory (Susan) Remick of Santa Barbara, CA, three grandchildren – Jonathan, Adam and Hannah, son Kurt Remick of Grass Valley, CA , brother Michael Diamond of Loveland, Colorado, sister-in-law Bona Mooklar (nee Remick) of Prescott, Arizona, along with many extended family members and numerous friends in both Santa Barbara, CA, and Grass Valley, CA.

A memorial service to honor and remember Debby’s life will be held on Sunday, June 2, 2024 at 2:00 PM at the Nevada County Jewish Community Center on Walsh Street in Grass Valley, CA. Everyone who knew and cherished Debby is invited to attend.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Debby’s memory may be made to the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission ( or the nonprofit of your choice.

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