With heavy hearts, we announce Debra Jean Santiago of Phoenix, AZ born November 3, 1956 entered Heaven on May 7, 2021. She is survived by her husband of 41 years Vicente “Freddy” Santiago. Three daughters Monique Guerrero (Rafael), Vanessa Santiago, Asuzena “Shana” Villarreal (Lucas) and her 6 grandchildren: Aneas, Rafael, Danny, Anna, Emma and Gracie.
Known to everyone as Debbie, she had a kind heart and loving personality. Her eagerness to include everyone will be deeply missed. Those who have paid condolences remember Debbie as a person who treated others with dignity, respect and was always welcoming.
She was a loving and devoted wife and mother. She loved her grandchildren beyond measure. Described by her grandkids, as “the very best Nana there will ever be”. Debbie’s life was full of amazing moments. Although she was called home, way too soon, her battle with health never stood in her way of living life. She loved attending her grandson’s baseball games, her granddaughter’s soccer games and dance recitals. At a moment’s notice, she would be at gatherings for family and friends. Debbie fought to the end; her strength was incomparable.
To say that she will be missed is an understatement, and there are no words that can be shared to truly express what she meant to us all. May she rest peacefully, guide her family through life and serve as a reminder to all of what it means to be a beautiful soul. Celebration of life services for Debbie are as follows:
Viewing & Rosary
Thursday, May 13, 2021 from 5:00 – 7:00 PM with Rosary Prayers at 6:00 PM
Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home
4800 E. Indian School Rd. Phoenix, AZ.
Mask are Required
Friday, May 14, 2021 at 10:00 AM
Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel
2121 S. Rural Rd. Tempe, AZ. 85282
Mask are Required
The livestream of the funeral mass can be viewed at:
beginning at approximately 9:50 AM
Interment immediately following at Saint Francis Catholic Cemetery
2033 N. 48th St. Phoenix, AZ. 85008
A reception to follow immediately at 4610 W. Pearce, Laveen, AZ. 85339