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Obituary of Eugenia DeBow
Eugenia “Genie” DeBow, age 74, passed away on January 29, 2023, at Martha and Mary in Poulsbo, Washington. Genie was born on October 28, 1948, in Pomeroy, Washington, to Jack and Lorna DeBow. She was one of three children with an older sister, Renee, and a younger brother, Steve.
Remembered by her friends for her impeccable style and fun-loving spirit, she graduated from Pomeroy High School in 1967. She attended Washington State University in Pullman, where she was a member of the Chi Omega sorority. Genie graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Education in 1971.
Genie spent most of her life in western Washington, working as a mortgage broker where she initially bought her first home in West Seattle. Seeking the simplicity of a small-town lifestyle, Genie relocated to Indianola (Bainbridge Island) in the early ‘90s and eventually settled in Poulsbo.
Her personal interests involved traveling, gardening, collecting antiques, and caring for her beloved pets. It brought Genie great pleasure to reminisce about growing up on the family ranch on DeBow Road, surrounded by the rolling wheat fields of the Palouse. Her favorite childhood memories included taking hikes down to Deadman Creek with her siblings, capturing barn cats with the “DeBow grip,” and riding Blackie, the horse.
Genie was preceded in death by both her parents and siblings. She is survived by her sister-in-law, Deborah DeBow; three nieces, Emily DeBow, Kendra DeBow, and Lisa Nikolich; and a nephew, James Sanford. Genie will also be missed by her loyal partner of several years, Brian Anderson, and lifetime friend, Cam McKinley.
If desired, friends may make memorial donations to Martha and Mary (Bay Unit) in Poulsbo (marthaandmary.org), where Genie received long-term care; or to a favorite animal rescue organization.
More information will follow regarding a gathering to honor Genie’s life.
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