Deborah's Story

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Deborah Kay Ahrendt, M.D., peacefully went to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday, September 25, 2016. Deborah succumbed to her battle with illness after having bravely fought for most of her adult life. She was born in Fairbanks, Alaska on January 5, 1954. She graduated John Marshall High School in San Antonio in 1971, received her undergraduate degree from Trinity University in 1975, and received her medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston in 1979, followed by her Radiology residency in 1983. She practiced Radiology for many years, and became a leading expert in her field, publishing numerous papers and articles. She moved to Palestine, Texas in 1994 and retired from her medical practice in 2006 due to medical reasons and pursued a career in designing and making beautiful hand-crafted jewelry for the remainder of her life.
Deb was a lover of life, and deeply cherished both her family and her many friends. She leaves behind a legacy of love, generosity, and her lifelong commitment to helping her fellow man and woman. She traveled extensively as a military dependent in her youth and to many beautiful places that gave her much joy over the years. She lived in Alaska, Germany, Texas and Alabama as a child, and briefly lived in Canada as a young adult. She had the heart of an artist and was an avid collector of vintage glass beads that she turned into beautiful works of art, as well as having mastered the arts of quilting, crocheting and painting. She leaves behind an incredible body of work that brings joy to many people.
Deb was preceded in death by her parents, Frank Emil Ahrendt and Collene Jerealdine Kleffner, and is survived by her brother, Dale Allen Ahrendt, his wife Julie Anne Ahrendt, her niece, Jessica Anne Ahrendt, her nephew, Benjamin Aaron Ahrendt, and his wife Blythe LyDane Ahrendt, and her precious great-nephew, Ethan Aaron Ahrendt, all of Cedar Park, Texas. She is also survived by her dearest friend, Katie DuBose, and her husband Van DuBose of Palestine, Texas, as well as a multitude of friends whom she counted as family. Deb also leaves behind her dog Brando, and her cats, all of whom she loved dearly.
A service will be held at the Herrington / Land of Memory Funeral Chapel in Palestine, Texas, at 10:00 AM on Monday, October 3, followed by the funeral service at Lexington United Methodist Church in Lexington, Texas, at 3:00 on Monday, October 3. She will be interred next to her father Frank Emil Ahrendt, at Lexington City Cemetery.
View online at www.herringtonfuneral.com.
Published on September 28, 2016
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