Deborah Keeley Wasinger

Deborah Keeley Wasinger died suddenly and unexpectedly at around 2:45 the morning of February 12. A memorial service was held on February 16, 2007, at New Hope Christian Church.

Deb graduated with distinction from Big Sky High School in Missoula, MT. She began a degree in Interpersonal Communications at the University of Montana (in Missoula) and did coursework at Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri. Deb won various awards and honors, but mostly she won hearts. She made a point of befriending people across every clique and all social strata. Deb was known for her beautiful smile, bright eyes and warm hugs.

In 1982, she married Joel Miguel Wasinger, to whom she was a faithful and loving partner and friend. In December of 1982, Deb gave birth to their beloved daughter, Whitney Christine. Though Deb worked in a variety of jobs and was a valuable, organized, energetic and creative employee, her first priority was always her family, for whom she made every sacrifice and to whom she was completely committed and selflessly devoted.

Deb began following Jesus at an early age and spent the rest of her life actively listening to and loving God. At the time of her death, Deb’s ministry and love touched lives in and out of various congregations, including New Hope Christian and the Mosaic Home Church Network in Wylie, the International House of Prayer in Kansas City, Missouri, and Greenhouse Arts in Woodland Park, Colorado.

Deb’s passions were Jesus and people. She loved others with reckless and extravagant abandon and yet with meticulous and thoughtful care. Deb was particularly drawn to those on the fringes, to the marginalized and the outcast. She championed the arts and justice through her relationships and everyday activities. Deb was unafraid either to confront those whom society esteemed or to embrace those whom society despised. She lived a life of courage, integrity, and unconditional love.

Deb is survived by her husband, Joel; daughter, Christine; father and mother, John Richard and Joan Keeley; brother, John Keeley; and grandmother, Ruth Wenhold.

Those wishing to honor Deb’s life and legacy are encouraged to worship extravagantly, love the unlovely, commit random acts of kindness, compassion and beauty, do mercy and justice, and support artists. Thoughts and memories of Deb can be shared at Those wishing to make a financial memorial are encouraged to support the intercessory missionaries at IHOP-KC, including Deb’s daughter, Christine Wasinger. Checks may also be written to “Deborah Keeley Wasinger Memorial”; these funds will be used to defray expenses and to invest in the ministries in which Deb invested her life.

Joel M. Wasinger


~ by Christine on February 16, 2007.

One Response to “Deborah Keeley Wasinger”

  1. I wish Debra peace…

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