Deborah Janette Twyman, nee Fordham Gates, age 58, of Tucson, AZ passed away Jan. 17, 2019 at home after a courageous battle with Stage 4 Metastatic Breast Cancer (MBC). She was the daughter of Elsie (Smith) and Tom Fordham. Born in Coos Bay, Oregon on Sept. 9, 1960, she moved to California with her family when she was just a few months old. She grew up in the San Fernando Valley graduating from Verdugo Hills High in Tujunga, CA.
Deborah worked in media sales (Advertising) throughout her career at such companies as The Valley News (CA), Herald Examiner Record Ledger (CA), COX Cable (AZ) and The Gannett Company (AZ). For fun, she worked 10 years with Fingerpaint (AZ), a public relations company, as a Studio Rep previewing movies/films for the general public.
She left California in 1990, and moved to Tucson where she remarried. She promptly fell in love with the desert, the beauty, the monsoon, the friendly people. She loved travel and visited nearly every state (including Hawaii), as well as Canada and Mexico. She loved to read, watch movies and visit her grandchildren.
Deborah is survived by her former husbands, Andrew Gates and Mark Twyman; son and daughter-in-law Thomas Russell and Krista Renee (Moos) Gates of Apple Valley, CA and daughter and son-in-law Lorie Alayna-Michelle (Gates) and Brett VanFosson of Temple, TX; her sister and brother-in-law Kimberlee and Frederick Terry of Westport, WA and her brother James Jamie Schroeder of Springfield, MO. Deborah is also survived by grandchildren Madison, Abigail and Zoey Gates and Benjamin and Lucy VanFosson, nephew Jayden Schroeder, aunts, uncles, and many loving friends.
Deborah's ashes will be released later this year at Mount Lemmon where she loved to go and rejuvenate her soul. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Metavivor (non-profit organization where 100 percent of your donation goes to research for metastatic breast cancer). secure.metavivor.org
The family would like to thank the team at Hospice Family Care for their respect, excellent care, and love shown to Deborah during this difficult time.