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Debbie Bushnell

She was born in Ridgecrest to her parents Wilfred “Duke” & Yvonne Campbell, at the hospital her grandfather Tony built. She spent her childhood in Tehachapi. She attended HS there however, she graduated from Mesquite HS class of 1974. She took Bank Telling class but her main interest was in the educational system. She loved to teach, do activities with kids, help them to learn while having fun, especially the ones that had a more difficult time. She lived in Washington state at one point where she’d meet the guy she’d spend the rest of her life with, James. Then in 1983 she gave birth to her one & only child, Jason. She lived in a few different places after that.

Debbie Bushnell
Debbie Bushnell

In Lone Pine, one of the main highlights was she got more into her Floral Arranging. Something she was very good at & loved doing. She then moved to Olancha for most of the 90’s. She worked at Boulder Creek for a number of years, a job she really enjoyed. She also wrote a lot of poetry, she was a very creative person. She then moved to Inyokern in 1999 & got back into the education system as a paraprofessional. She got to see her son graduate HS in 02 & also be there when he got married in 04. She worked at Murray Middle School for a number of years. She then worked for Leapin’ Lizards, part of the after- school program in Inyokern. Most people will remember her as “Miss Debbie”. She was also into Karaoke, she loved music & singing which she also incorporated into the schooling.

She retired in 2015 & remained a caregiver for her mother until just before her passing. Her favorite thing above all though was Christmas. She’d start early & make a long enjoyable season of it. She was Christmas & Christmas was her. She also really loved snow. She was always happy, positive, smiling, fun & loving.

She went into the hospital on December 26th 2021 & passed away four months later of natural causes.

She was preceded in death by her first husband Rick Bushnell, her father Duke in 2012 & her mother Yvonne just 2 months prior in February 2022. She left behind the three people she loved most & was closest to, her partner of over 40 years James Honea, her only son who was her entire world Jason Campbell & her daughter in-law Laura who considered her more like a second mom. Along with other extended family & friends. To say she will be missed is a huge understatement.

She will be forever remembered & always thought of. Thank you, Debbie, for everything. We love you & we all look forward to being reunited with you someday. Heaven gained a great one. I guess even angels run out of miracles…