On September 16, 2020, Deborah Gail Steen passed awaypeacefully in her home with her loving husband of 34 years, Robert, at her side, following a 12-month battle with neuroendocrine cancer.
Deborah (Debbie) was born on August 15, 1960 in Alamogordo, New Mexico to Leon and Marion Pollard. Her father served in the Air Force, which moved their family around the United States as she grew up. In addition to New Mexico, she also spent time in Oklahoma, Alaska, and Nevada before settling in Boise in 1977. She attended Meridian High School and graduated in 1979.
Following high school, she spent time working for severalprestigious Boise employers including The Gamekeeper restaurant, The Top of the Hoff, Idaho Fish & Game and as a recruiter for Micron Technology. After a pause to start a family she worked for over 20 years at Bridgepoint Church and ended her work career at DMA Lighting.
In 1985, she met her husband Robert at Broadway Avenue Baptist Church (now Bridgepoint Church) in Southeast Boise. They were married on August 8, 1986 in Boise. She was the mother of two children, Michael (29) and Rachel (26). Her husband and her children were her life. She loved traveling with her family, and could always find an excuse to spend time in her favorite places, McCall, and the Oregon Coast.
She was a daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, friend, second mom to many, and “Aunt Debbie” to every child who knew her. People were Debbie’s passion, and more importantly, sharing the love of Jesus Christ with those around her. She and Robert spent many years serving as leaders in youth ministry, and later with young married couples at Bridgepoint Church, creating many of the deep and meaningful relationships they carried for the rest of her life. Ask anyone who has known Debbie, and they will tell you of the impact she had on their lives. She was a caring, genuine, loving person who always sought to see the best in people.
Debbie is survived by husband Robert, son Michael (Michelle)and daughter Rachel (Eric), grandsons Griffyn and Knox, three sisters Kathy (Rob) Shaw, Lynn (Gene) Turney, and SuziePollard, brother-in-law John (Patty), nieces Meghan Shaw, Kelly (Brian) Hale, Andrea Loftis, Rachel Pollard, Emily Steen, Maddie Steen, Sarah Steen, nephews Justin Steen, and David Loftis, and Larson family (Matt, Heather, Dakota, Merrick). She is preceded in death by her father Leon and mother Marion.
There will be a celebration of life on Friday, October 2, 2020, 2 PM, at Bridgepoint church. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to A New Beginning Adoption Agency.
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Luanna Rozentals saysSeptember 25, 2020 at 9:21 am
So very sorry for your loss! She was a wonderful soul who is now at peace.
Keith Eastman saysSeptember 25, 2020 at 2:56 pm
Debbie was also “Mom” to me and many of Michaels friends. She was not one to shy from a conversation about life or what it meant to be a Christ follower. She was a woman who meant so much to so many.
I count myself blessed to have known her so many years of life.
We love you, Steen Family.
Nick saysSeptember 25, 2020 at 8:21 pm
I am so very sorry for your loss. Debbie is really a wonderful lady! I will never forget her coming through my line for the first time at Albertson’s. I was so nervous because I knew she was Rob’s wife and I had to be perfect. As time wen’t on and the more I got to know her and Rob I knew I had nothing to be worried about. As time passed we used to crack jokes at Rob’s expense ….sorry not sorry Rob. And this holds true for one of the last times I saw Debbie. Both Her and Rob were out supporting me at the Meridian Farmers Market. Again we cracked jokes about Rob right in front of him.
I wish there was something I could do to help heal your family’s pain. I hope you know she is looking down on you now and watching over you. May God bless you and your entire family.
Kara Swanson saysOctober 2, 2020 at 5:53 pm
We knew Debbie through Bridgepoint years ago when we lived in Boise. I always appreciated Rob and Debbie’s work with the young marrieds’ Sunday School class. My prayers are with all of you.