November 6, 1956 - June 16, 2013
Debbie (Lawr) Hajduk was born in Kansas City, Missouri on November 6, 1956, to Leonard and Janis (McBride) Lawr. She passed away at Valley Hospital in Renton on Sunday, June 16, 2013, from a long haul fighting lung cancer.
The family moved to Aberdeen, Wash. in 1959. She attended school at McDermoth Elementary, Miller Jr. High, and graduated from Aberdeen High School in 1975. She was on the high school swim team and statistician for Ron Langhan’s high school baseball teams. She loved canoeing, hiking, skiing, softball and joke telling. She was a member of the first all-girls Boy Scout Explorer Troop in Washington State which skied at Mission Ridge and did a 50 mile canoe trip down the John Day River in the summer of 1974.
She was introduced to Fred Hajduk on a blind date set up by Fred’s sister, Addie. They dated for several years while she attended two years at the University of Washington and then worked at Rayonier Mill in Hoquiam. They married on February 24, 1979, at the First Christian Church in Aberdeen. They finished school at Central Washington University in Ellensburg in 1981.
They both taught school one year in Gold Beach, Oregon, and one year at Point Hope, Alaska, an Eskimo village 250 miles north of Nome. They settled in Wasilla, Alaska, where they taught 19 years. She loved snowmobiling, hiking, softball, and supporting her children’s sports teams. She took her daughter’s sports team hiking over the Chicot Trail.
In 2003, they moved to Glendale, California, where she taught in the California school system for 10 more years. She loved the sun of southern California and especially liked to take visitors to Hollywood shows, the beach, museums, and to the many amusement parks. Debbie was very close to all of her relatives and was a fantastic hostess, having everyone laughing all the time.
Debbie is survived by her husband, Fred of Rialto, Calif.; her daughter, Brenda (Pat) Eblen of Federal Way; her son, Ray of Rialto; her parents, Jan and Len Lawr of Wenatchee; siblings, Margo (Darrell) Sanders of Washougal, Mike (Vi) of Montesano, Julie (Ed) Younglove of Olympia, and Kim (Lynne) of Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.; brother-in-law, Ray (Jodie) Hajduk; sisters-in-law, Julie Erickson and Willie (Bob) Whealy; and many nieces, nephews, gran-dnieces and grand-nephews.
A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 22, 2013, at Washington Memorial Park & Mortuary, 16445 International Blvd, SeaTac, WA 98118. Following the service a reception will be held at her sister Julie’s home at 3449 14th Ave NW in Olympia (off Cooper Point Rd).
The family appreciates her many friends who traveled far to give their great support, especially, Ruby (her principal), Karen, and Cheryl.