Our beloved mother, Nana, sister and aunt passed away peacefully in her home on February 19th, 2020, after a courageous battle with cancer.
Deborah Elaine Runkle was born October, 20th 1955 in Moberly, Missouri to Floyd and Mildred Latta. The family later moved to Lewiston Idaho before settling in Elk River, Idaho. Debbie attended school in Elk River, graduating in 1974. She married Larry “Punk” Knott in September of 1974. They had two children Micheal and Danielle whom they raised in Elk River. They later divorced and Debbie moved to Deary, Idaho. She married her lifetime partner, Walt Runkle, in August of 1996. They made their home in Troy and enjoyed a house full of grandkids, family, and friends.
Debbie enjoyed playing sports in her younger years, and later gardening, camping, a cup of coffee with friends, and most recently knitting. She was an avid supporter of her grandkids and spent many hours in bleachers cheering them in their endeavors.
Over the years Debbie maintained friendships with her USFS crews, the students and staff at Deary School, and those she served at the café. She also enjoyed vacations to Missouri and trips to Kelso to visit family.
She is survived by her son, Micheal Knott (Mauri), daughter, Danielle Knott, and grandchildren; Nicole, Kaitlynn, Cheyanne, Jacob, Hailey and McKenna “Punk” Knott, and great grandchildren; Blake, Miaya and Stryder.
A Celebration of Life will be held June 13th at 2:00 pm at ERRD Gazebo Park in Elk River Idaho. In lieu of flowers the family asks that memorial donations be made to the Northwest Cancer Foundation of Hope, PO Box 65, Viola Idaho 83872, of which Debbie was a recipient of their generous support.
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