Debbie Thompson Anderson died unexpectedly in her sleep on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, at her home in St. Paul. She was 41 years old.
She was born Dec. 20, 1978, in Mora, Minnesota. She grew up in Mora where she attended and graduated from Mora High School with the class of 1997. Growing up she was very active in many activities and organizations. She was involved in school sports, band and school theater; she especially enjoyed being involved in the production of “Singing in the Rain,” several years of dance, Emmanuel Baptist Church and various camps. She enjoyed a wide variety of social and community events and immersed herself in many family activities such as boating, tubing, traveling and especially downhill skiing and snowmobiling. She truly loved family trips to Breezy Point in the Brainerd Lakes area of Minnesota. She lived a “no fear” approach to life and dove headlong into activities and, in particular, when acting as a “mama bear” in defense of those she loved.
She and her high school sweetheart, Rick Monster, brought her daughter Taitum into the family’s lives in Sept. 1997. After marrying Dan Nelson in Oct. 2002, they had sons, Landon in 2004 and Christian in 2007. They later divorced and she had a long relationship with Jason Sjoberg and had her youngest son Raylan in 2010. She found her true love and was united in marriage to David Anderson of St. Paul on April 21, 2017. In doing so, she embraced his son, Steven, and loved him as she did all her children.
As an adult, she had a strong interest in criminal justice and studied it at Rasmussen College. She remained passionate about it and began to consider pursuing a career as a probation officer. She had a vibrant interest in many things in life. She loved movies and music and enjoyed going to the theater and concerts. She was an avid reader and spent endless hours reading books and discussing them with family and friends. She and her husband spent a great deal of time at the beach where she truly enjoyed swimming.
She was a compassionate and extremely generous person. Her husband works for the Salvation Army, and she became concerned about the needs of homeless people. She arranged with friends and family to gather needed supplies. She took up making soaps for the shelter because she wanted its homeless clients to know that someone wanted them to have something nice and special. She accepted people as they were and as her sister commented after her death-“Debbie unapologetically lived life as herself.”
She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Frank and Junia Thompson; maternal grandfather, Ernie Rische; aunt, Debbie Rische.
She will be lovingly remembered by her husband, David; daughter, Taitum; sons, Landon, Christian, Raylan and Steven; her parents, Von and Judi Thompson of Mora; sister, Vanessa (Andrew) Jagim of Holmen, Wisconsin; nieces, Haddie and Remmy; grandmother, Barb Rische of Mora; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins as well as many friends.
A memorial service was held on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020, at Mora United Methodist Church with Rev. Debra Schaffran and Jerry Tarman officiating. Arrangements by Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home. Condolences may be posted at www.aifuneralhome.com