Deborah Evans Bartzen

March 24, 1961 - December 11, 2015

Deborah Evans Bartzen, born March 24th, 1961 died peacefully at MD Anderson Hospital in the arms of her loving husband, Fred Bartzen, on December 11th, 2015. Born in Fort Worth, Debbie was the daughter of William and Beverly Evans. She is survived by her husband Fred Bartzen of McKinney, her mother Beverly Skaines of McKinney, daughter Margaux, sons, Charley, Cameron, and Cortland. Debbie was the youngest and only girl amongst three brothers who survive her: Mark Evans of Houston, Tim Evans of Colleyville, and Hugh Evans of Fort Worth.   She was preceded in death by her father William L. Evans

In her early career, Debbie thrived in the world of fashion. She loved her job as the jewelry buyer for a national retailer, and later as a photo stylist. She often got to travel to New York City and was in love with it for the rest of her life. However, she told everyone that her biggest accomplishments, her pride & joy, were her four amazing children.   She and Fred raised her four children in a way that embraced fun, creativity, and individuality. She always said she wanted to be Miss Piggle Wiggle and she came as close as anyone could. Debbie lived for those Sunday mornings full of homemade sweet rolls when her kids had sleepovers and filled the kitchen with silly children. She lived for hosting Thanksgivings, Christmases, and birthdays at her house. She welcomed everyone and was always full of love and light. She always went above and beyond to maintain her relationships and to get family together.

Debbie viewed the world in a unique and beautiful way that came out in her moving writing and words. She found joy in her family, cooking, iced tea, babies, reading and writing, sewing masterpieces, talking to strangers in the grocery store, baby elephants, craft projects, and Fred making her laugh so hard it hurt. Debbie was incredibly spiritual and always thought of the big picture. She never feared death nor did her fight against cancer take away her great attitude and humor.

A service to celebrate her beautiful life will be held at 4 PM Wednesday, December 16th, 2015 at First United Methodist Church in downtown McKinney, Texas.

In lieu of flowers please make a donation in her memory to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. http://www.themmrf.org.

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Debbie was one of my first childhood friends. She lived down the street. We were both the youngest of four and spent hours playing beneath her dreamy canopy bed with dozens of stuffed animals. My prayers to the whole family. She will be missed by many. Elaine Austin Harris, December 15, 2015 I am so sad to hear of Debbie's passing . Prayers for you Fred and your children . FYI .. You two were my favorite couple from Paschal . I hope your precious memories of her help through the hard times . Prayers for you all . I am so sorry . Susie Chilton McKnight, December 15, 2015 Debbie will be missed more than words can say. Fred, Charley, Cameron, Cort and Margaux...you were her world. She loved you all so much and you brought her such joy. Years ago...Debbie gave me a bowl that I have always treasured. It's a beautiful white bowl with writing swirling around the inside. It reads, "in the disquiet of these days...I carry you with me...deep within my pocket...at the bottom of my footfall...in every cloud...that brushes by..." I hear Debbie saying that to us all. Love you all so much. Vonda Cloutier, December 15, 2015