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Debra Jean Temple (Luke)

March 4, 1959 - February 1, 2015


In the early morning hours of Sunday, February 1, 2015, Debra Jean Temple passed away at home in Wardner at the young age of 55 years.  Debbie was born on March 4, 1959 in Fernie, BC, one of eight children born to Robert and Merle Luke (Gravelle).

Debbie lived a full life in her short time.  She loved the outdoors, and most often than not, you could find her sitting by the fire with Molly.  She was an excellent cook.  One of her famous recipes was homemade bread and no one can hold a candle to her apple pies.  She kept an immaculate house and loved to garden.  She was most definitely a woman of many talents – she was an avid hunter and was an exceptional shot, rarely missing her aim.  She loved to play ball, playing short stop until a shoulder injury kept her from the field.  Debbie was also a welder, a profession not held by many women.  Through her life she was a strong woman in many things.  She put up a valiant fight against the cancer that took her and she fought to her last day.

Debbie leaves to cherish her memory; her beloved husband, Doug Temple; her children Jaime Cristales (James) and Kyle Staples (Selina),  as well as her step-children; Kyle  Temple (Katerina), Tania Temple and Leah Yonkman (Jay).  She also leaves behind her two grandchildren; Tyson and Breanna and her step-grandchildren; Taylor, Tre, Jesse, Michael, James and Jody.  Debbie leaves her siblings; Bob, Wes, Terry, Darrell, Shawn, Kevin, Darlene, Troy and Michael.  She was predeceased by her parents, Robert Luke and Merle Luke (Gravelle).

A Celebration of Debbie’s Life will be held at the Royal Alexandra Hall, Canadian Museum of Rail Travel, 57 Van Horne St., Cranbrook on Friday, February 13, 2015 at 11:00 am.  Condolences may be left for the family at


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From: Mark Memorial Funeral Services Staff

Mark Memorial Funeral Services Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Connie Babineau
Relation: Relationship - How did you know the deceased?

Doug, please accept my deepest condolences in your loss. Deb was such a fantastic person; one whom everyone liked and enjoyed being around. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Connie Babineau, Springhill Nova Scotia

From: Nancy Lemire
Relation: Friend

RIP Pepper. Good Times <3

From: Gary and Diane Babcock
Relation: Friends

So sorry for your loss Doug and family. Pepper was a wonderful personality to be around and a big part of our ball team back then, throwing fire on a rope from short stop. Many pleasant memories, will miss her large.

From: Brian Chanski
Relation: long time friend

R.I.P. PepperMy thought and prayers go out to the luke and temple family.

From: Kathy Clarke
Relation: Client

To all of Debbie’s family I send my sincere condolence on your loss. Debbie was a kind, caring, talented woman and I know she will be missed. I will remember her with the horse shoe hanger she gave me at one of the AGAs at Tobacco Plains.

From: Dave and Aunch Nordby 703 5th Avenue Kimberley B.C. V1A2T3
Relation: friend

Doug. Our hearts go out to you Doug and your family at this difficult time. We will miss Peppers smile and her company that we both so enjoyed. She was fun to be around. Hope to see you this summer. Hugs to you all . Dave and Aunch Nordby.

From: Russ and Marie Cooper
Relation: Friend

Our condolences to Doug Temple and the Luke’s (Bob, Wes, Terry, Darrell, Shawn, Kevin and Darlene and their extended families) Debbie will be remembered as a friend who loved to have fun and have a laugh or two. She was a good friend to us. We are sorry that we cannot attend the service but know that we will be thinking of her.
Russ and Marie Cooper

From: Ron & Jen Currie
Relation: Friend

Doug. Today was a beautiful celebration of life for Pepper. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May God give you strength and know that Pepper will always be watching over you.

Ron & Jen

From: Bronte Stefanuk
Relation: childhood friend of family

To the Temple and Luke families, sorry for your loss.

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Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
February 13, 2015
Beginning at 11:00am

Royal Alexandra Hall, Cdn Museum of Rail Travel
57 Van Horne Street
Cranbrook, BC Canada

57 Van Horne Street
Cranbrook, BC Canada

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