Deborah Powell

March 1, 1974 - February 19, 2024

03/01/1974 - 02/19/2024

Past Services

Saturday March 02, 2024
2:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Southside Chapel
5033 Rouse Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
(757) 422-4000 | Directions

Deborah Kirsten “Debbie” Powell, beloved wife, daughter, sister, and friend, passed away on February 19, 2024, at the age of 49. She was born on March 1, 1974, in Portsmouth, VA, a daughter of David G. and Rose M. Frandino Powell of Virginia Beach, VA

Debbie had an illustrious career as a Material Control Coordinator with Leidos, Inc., dedicating over 30 years of her life to her work. She was known for her exceptional skills and unwavering commitment to her profession.

Beyond her professional achievements, Debbie had a deep passion for various interests in life. She was a practical person who found solace near the Caribbean Sea and loved exploring the wonders of the ocean. Debbie’s fascination with marine life extended to her love for aquariums and all things related to sea creatures, which was exemplified by her enthusiasm for Shark Week, an important event for her each year. She had an affinity for 80’s music, particularly the works of Cyndi Lauper and Depeche Mode. Additionally, she enjoyed picking strawberries, cherishing moments spent amidst the sweet aroma of the fruit.  She loved her cats, Grayson, Draco and Monkey tremendously.  She and Jason regularly contributed to The Cat Corner, a rescue organization in Hampton, VA.  In lieu of flowers, you may CLICK HERE and make a contribution on their behalf allowing Debbie’s memory to continue supporting this important part of her life.

Debbie’s warm and loving nature made her a cherished member of her family. She leaves behind her adoring husband, Jason Smith, who shared countless precious memories by her side. Her parents, David G. and Rose M. Frandino Powell of Virginia Beach, mourn the loss of their beloved daughter. Debbie’s presence will be deeply missed by her sister’s, Kathleen Clark and Cheryl (Ron) Hinson both of Virginia Beach; nieces and nephews Kimberly (Matthew) Zimmer, Jack Clark, III, Matthew (Erin) Hinson and Megan Hinson, Debbie’s Goddaughter along with great nieces and nephew Rachael, Isaac, and Genevieve Zimmer.

Hobbies for Debbie, there was only one that was the most important and that was Family and friends, a forever club whose membership is Love, Loyalty and an unwavering commitment to each other.

To honor Debbie’s memory, a service to celebrate her life will be held on Saturday, March 2, 2024 at Altmeyer Funeral Home Southside Chapel 5033 Rouse Dr. in Virginia Beach. After the service, there will be a reception for family and friends to exchange stories and fondly recall the beautiful moments spent with Debbie.

Debbie Kirsten Powell will forever be remembered for her kind heart, unwavering dedication, and zest for life. Her absence will be deeply felt by all who had the privilege of knowing her. May her soul find eternal peace, and may her memories bring comfort to those she left behind.


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Elanda Canterbury
1 month ago

What a lovely lady, one of the best people I’ve ever met. She truly will be missed. My deepest condolences to Debbie’s family and friends. I hope the happy memories you have of her get you through this difficult time.

Lonnie Widing
1 month ago

My condolences go out to Jason and the Powell family, I met Debbie when I was interviewing for a position at Leidos. When I started work there, Debbie would check on me and ask me if I needed anything, she was a great person who would tell me stories about her cats and how her weekends were. I did not know her for very long, but the time I knew her I could tell she was a wonderful person who listens to what you needed to get off your chest and would bend over backwards to help you figure out things that would come up. You are truly missed Debbie.

Earl Giles
1 month ago

To Jason and the Powell Family:
Debbie was a very special person, so full of life and joy. She has left a legacy of happiness to all who were blessed to know her. I am thankful to have had her as a part of my life for so many years! Our prayers go out to you all in this time of mourning!

Sharon Fair-Birchfield (Cousin)
1 month ago

I always looked forward to seeing Debbie at family functions with her wry humor and her warmth. We bonded over our mutual love for cats. There is a huge hole in the family without her loving presence and I will miss her greatly!

Debbie Strawhand
1 month ago

Fred and I meet Debbie through Ron and Cheryl back in the mid 90’s. We would have pool days at Cheryl’s parents home and Debbie was many times there to enjoy the fun. I know this family is super close and her passing is very difficult. We pray for comfort during this difficult time and hope that during your remembrance you can reflect on all the fun times. Sending hugs of comfort.

Emily Carlton
1 month ago

I’ll always remember Debbie spending time in the sunshine at the summer barbecues hosted at her parent’s, my great uncle & aunt, house when I was younger. Debbie was a bright light that would always share a laugh and a smile with those around her. Though I didn’t get the pleasure of spending more time with her, I know that she was and will always be an important piece of the family puzzle and will be deeply missed. Gone but never ever forgotten <3 my heart is with my family during this difficult time.

Belinda Settle
1 month ago

Mr. & Mrs. Powell, Jason & Family,

Debbie was the very first friend I made when moving to Va Beach 23 years ago & has been one of the closest friends in my life. Debbie and her family are some of the most loving, generous, genuine people I’ve ever met! She was a wonderful friend who quickly became family. I have so many fond memories of our annual ski trips we used to take, the many years of softball we played together & so many more that I will never forget.

Mr. & Mrs. Powell, thank you for bringing such an amazing person into this world to share with everyone who knew & love her.

Jason, thank you for being the wonderful man who entered Debs life & made her so happy.

Sending sympathy, love & prayers to all of Debs family and friends. She was a wonderful woman who left us way too soon & will be deeply missed & forever loved…..

Belinda, Rob & Girls

Sherm Franklin
1 month ago

Debbie’s Leidos family misses her dearly! Our workplace just isn’t the same without Debbie’s bubbly and effervescent personality keeping us upbeat. Many of us have worked with her for over thirty years and she has helped shape who we are! Much love to all of her family and friends. It was an honor and a privilege to call her my friend!

Rie Camba
1 month ago

Jason and Debbie Powell’s family:

My deepest condolences come from my heart to yours. I met Debbie through work and really enjoyed knowing her. I’m heartsick I won’t get to know her more. Her dedication was second to none. Her work ethic and reputation went far beyond the walls of our building. Many people counted on her and she was always willing to help. She was the queen and heartbeat of our organization. Debbie was a very beloved person at work and we will miss her ever so much, forever. It’s almost impossible to think she won’t be coming back. We are not just heartbroken, we are broken.

Debbie was very thoughtful and brought out the best in you. She was kind and funny with a wicked sense of humor. She was generous and always shared her family’s garden bounty. Her zucchini bread was so good. Emotionally, she was a very good listener. There were so many nuances to Debbie – she could surprise you in conversation in an instant.

Please know that we share your love and grieve your loss. Please know that Debbie meant so much to so many people. We all need comfort at this time. I hope that you share your memories of Debbie with each other to keep her alive in your hearts and souls. She will be with us in spirit.

A favorite Eskimo proverb that provides comfort: “Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy.”

Please check out this song – “I’ll Be There” by the Escape Club that always comforts, have tissues handy.

My dear heart, Debbie Doo, I miss you so much.

Lori Hein (cousin)
1 month ago

Debbie made life special! We can all fondly recall all of our now cherished memories of how she loved each of us and how we dearly loved her. ❤️ Debbie you will be missed each and every day. The day you passed, I saw you walking into the arms of family that went before you….. smiling at peace.