NILES – Debbie Perez, 54, passed away Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016, at her son’s residence, after a long battle with cancer.
She was born March 26, 1962, to Jose and Severina Perez in Puerto Rico and moved to the area in 1970. When Debbie was in high school, she won numerous awards for track and basketball. Her little sister Valarie was always there to cheer her on and bring her water bottles.
Debbie’s family was the center of her world. Her most treasured hobby was time spent with her family. Debbie loved to cook for her family, whether it was one of her big cookouts or her signature Spanish meals.
She had a library of movies on hand that she loved to watch with any of the family members she would have in her home. Debbie was also her son and granddaughter’s biggest cheerleader. She was at every one of her son’s baseball games while he was growing up and even in his adult years. She continued the tradition with her granddaughter, Aaliyah. They always knew she was on the sidelines cheering them on.
She loved to decorate her home for each holiday, whether it was Valentine’s Day, Christmas or Halloween. Debbie also loved to shop and garage sale with her sister, Linda. They had all-day outings and shopped ’til they dropped. She was always finding treasures for her granddaughter. She will be deeply missed by all of us.
Debbie is lovingly remembered by her son and daughter-in-law, O’Brian and Rebekah Wall; two grandchildren whom she adored, Aaliyah Wall and Zachary Miller; two sisters, Linda Cruz (Robert Smith) and Valarie PerezJulian (Michael Julian); two nephews, Alex and Frankie Cruz; two great nieces, Nevaeh and Natalia Cruz; and one great-nephew, Frankie Cruz. Debbie was preceded in death by her mother and father, Severina and Jose Perez.
Calling hours will be 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3, at the Apostolic Pentecostal Church, 3101 DeForest Road in Warren, where a funeral service will follow at 1 p.m. Pastor Douglas Brown will be officiating.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the professional care of the Rossi Brothers and Lellio Funeral Home, 4442 South Avenue in Boardman.
In lieu of flowers, monetary contributions can be made to the family. Family and friends may visit the Book of Memories at www.rossifunerals.com to view this tribute and send condolences to Debbie’s family.