January 13, 1952 - November 10, 2019
Deborah Kay Boardman Prather, Debbie, age 67, beloved mother, mother-in-law, grandma, sister, aunt, cousin, friend, and HandyMa’am died in Frisco, TX on Sunday, November 10, 2019.
After a long and courageous fight, she succumbed to a quiet, insidious disease: depression. Debbie suffered valiantly through the ravages of this physically transparent illness for many, many years. Depression is a brain disease that is as deadly and as blame-free as cancer or heart disease, though not yet as effectively treated.
She was born in Hereford, Texas on January 13, 1952, where after graduation, she worked for Armour Meat Packing Plant until 1981, when she moved to Dallas and worked for Southwest Home Furnishings Association. She earned her Associate in Applied Arts & Sciences degree in 1989. She lived in Springfield, MO until 2001, when she moved back to Dallas to work for International Home Furnishings in the World Trade Center. In 2013 her entrepreneurial spirit resulted in her innovative and very satisfying business called “HandyMa’am”, with the vision of “call me for the Honey Do’s that Honey Doesn’t” from which she semi-retired to flirt with retirement in 2018.
She is survived by her daughter, Nancy Lynn Prather Smith, son-in-law, Glenn Smith, three granddaughters, Logan, Brynn and Tegan Smith; three sisters, Nancy Boardman Stevens, Linda Boardman Fite and Dee Dee Boardman Brunson; two brothers-in-law, Paul Fite and Jerry Brunson; six nieces, Debbie Gray, Sharon Hughes, Justine Cogan-Gunn, Helen Hedrick, Amber Fite, and Tracy Gilley Moore; five nephews, Nathan Gunn, Robert Gray, Ben Hughes, Paul Fite IV, and J.Wes Moore; fourteen great-nieces and nephews, Justin Gray, Shaylynn Gray Cherry, Tyler Cherry, Trinity MacLeod Greenwell, Kevin Greenwell, Matthew MacLeod, BJ, Cody Jay, and Travis Hughes; William, Maddie, and Ethan Hedrick; Danielle & Jen Hale and their daughter Gayden; Maisie Cogan Gunn; Bree, Hazel, & Summer Fite, and Ta’Korria and Montez Perkins; seven newly acquired Moore nephews and nieces; a passel of very special cousins in New Mexico, Missouri, Minnesota, and Florida; and her long-time friend Ken Fuller.
Debbie was greeted in heaven by her parents, Irene and Herb Boardman, her brother-in-law, Dean Stevens, her niece, Casey MacLeod, and many other loved ones.
Debbie was known for her innovative problem-solving, her “Lady-Gaga-esque” outfits, her bright and sunny disposition, and her ability to blend goofiness and fun with an incredible gift for getting things done. Her approach to solving a problem was always a fresh and unique one that would not have occurred to anyone else, but demonstrated brilliance once it was accomplished. She spread love wherever she went and was truly one of a kind, with a generous servant’s heart. She will forever be missed by all who knew her.
A brief and informal celebration of her life was held on Saturday, November 16, 2019 from 2-5 pm at Lakeview Christian Church, 3307 Bobtown Road in Garland.
Additional celebrations of life will be held in Albuquerque, NM next year, as well as Hereford, TX and Rochester, NY. Updates of that information will be shared as it is finalized.
Arrangements under the direction of:
Aria Cremation Service and Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75252