Deborah “Debi” Dawn (Lund) Birk, age 75, of Rockport, TX.
On the morning of October 23, 2023, after the sun rose over Corpus Christi Bay, and surrounded by her loved ones, Debi went Home to be with our heavenly Father.
Debi was born in Hartford, CT on June 8, 1948. She grew up on Clinton Beach in CT. She attended college in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. She returned to CT, married and had her first 2 children, and started her trade in upholstery. Her adventurous spirit would lead her down to the gulf coast of TX where she first landed in Port Aransas, TX and then Rockport TX where she served the community of Rockport as an upholsterer for over 45 years. Her work spoke of her values. Debi was a light in this world and if you knew her, you loved her. She knew how to bring out the best in others. She had a servant’s heart and it showed with her willingness to help others, whether that be opening her home to them, providing food, or a shoulder to cry on. She was an incredible cook and enjoyed sharing her gift with everyone. With her green thumb she surrounded herself and others with the beauty of nature. She never turned down an opportunity to watch the sun rise or set and was always in awe of God’s creation. She was always on the move, even in her later years, riding her bike and swimming, and traveling whenever the opportunity arose. Quilting became another creative outlet for her talent. Although she had many incredible talents, interests, and a zeal for life; being a wife, mother, and grandmother was the heart and soul of her being. To be loved by her was an incredible gift to receive in this life.
Debi is preceded in death by parents John Bartlett and Hellen Green Ellison; brothers, Michael Ellison and Andy Ellison; sisters, Andrea Napolitano, Millie Perry, and Anna Alling; and grandson, Nolan Blackmon.
She is survived by her husband, Steve Birk; sisters; Sherry Battista and Catherine Heser; sons, Matthew DeRay (Christina), Aaron Birk, and James Birk (Kara); daughters, Samantha Birk Kuenzl (Cary) and Cody Birk Blackmon (Rusty); 15 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. There will be a private celebration of life with family and close friends. If desired, memorial contributions can be made to any Ronald McDonald House of their preference.