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Deborah Marlene

April 26, 1959 – October 2, 2018

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Obituary for Deborah Marlene Lynch

Debra Marlene Lynch
April 26, 1959 – October 2, 2018

Debra Marlene Lynch was born in Detroit, Michigan to Helen and Nolan Graves on April 26, 1959. Marlene’s parents meant the world to her. Her father, Nolan was her personal hero and her mother, Helen was her measuring stick for how a Christian woman should live. Marlene had one sibling, Keith Graves. She loved her younger brother very much and often spoke of Keith’s big heart.

Marlene came to Tennessee to be near family and to attend college. She graduated from the University of Tennessee with a bachelor’s degree in nursing. Marlene chose the nursing field because she truly believed her calling was to help others. She spent three decades of her life fulfilling this calling by caring for people in emergency rooms, homes for the elderly, volunteering at elementary schools and several hospitals all across Tennessee. She had an endless capacity for caring and loving others.

Shortly after moving to Tennessee, Marlene met the love of her life, William “Bill” Ted Lynch. Their marriage spanned 25 years and even through some trials and tribulations, she considered them the best years of her life. Marlene and Bill were blessed to have a son, Roger Lynch and a few years later, a daughter, Rylie Lynch. The birth of Rylie, along with Marlene’s desire to return to helping people in the field of nursing prompted them to move to Knoxville where she spent the next 17 years balancing both a full-time career and raising her family.

Despite working a full schedule, Marlene always made time for her family. She spent hours helping her daughter with her homework, teaching her son to drive and whenever she could find the time, preparing family meals using recipes her mom had passed down to her. Marlene overcame personal and financial tribulations by putting her faith in God and pouring God’s love back into her family. She found happiness through her hobbies, interests and her dog, Layla (who Marlene, a lifelong cat lover, claimed was the first dog she ever truly loved). She enjoyed reading novels, watching her favorite television shows, listening to her husband play music and coloring in her daughter’s sketches.

Though Marlene’s career as a nurse was impressive and extensive, the real legacy she left behind is her family. Marlene was a daughter who loved her parents, an older sister who always saw the best in her younger brother, a mother who gave everything she had to her children, a loving and supportive wife, and a proud faithful Christian woman.

Marlene was always our pillar of support, making sure to put her family’s needs before her own. We loved her so very much and going on without her will be one of the hardest things we’ve ever had to do. We are so blessed for the years we had with her.

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Memorial services were held Wednesday, October 10, 2018.