Debbie “Pepper” TEMPLE (nee Luke)

Debbie "Pepper" TEMPLE (nee Luke)

In the early morning hours of Sunday, February 1, 2015, Debra Jean Temple passed away at home in Wardner at the young age of 55 years. Debbie was born on March 4, 1959 in Fernie, BC, one of eight children born to Robert and Merle Luke (Gravelle).

Debbie lived a full life in her short time. She loved the outdoors, and most often than not, you could find her sitting by the fire with Molly. She was an excellent cook. One of her famous recipes was homemade bread and no one can hold a candle to her apple pies. She kept an immaculate house and loved to garden. She was most definitely a woman of many talents – she was an avid hunter and was an exceptional shot, rarely missing her aim. She loved to play ball, playing short stop until a shoulder injury kept her from the field. Debbie was also a welder, a profession not held by many women. Through her life she was a strong woman in many things. She put up a valiant fight against the cancer that took her and she fought to her last day.

Debbie leaves to cherish her memory; her beloved husband, Doug Temple; her children Jaime Cristales (James) and Kyle Staples (Selina), as well as her step-children; Kyle Temple (Katerina), Tania Temple and Leah Yonkman (Jay). She also leaves behind her two grandchildren; Tyson and Breanna and her step-grandchildren; Taylor, Tre, Jesse, Michael, James and Jody. Debbie leaves her siblings; Bob, Wes, Terry, Darrell, Shawn, Kevin, Darlene, Troy and Michael. She was predeceased by her parents, Robert Luke and Merle Luke (Gravelle).

A Celebration of Debbie’s Life will be held at the Royal Alexandra Hall, Canadian Museum of Rail Travel, 57 Van Horne St., Cranbrook on Friday, February 13, 2015 at 11:00 am. Condolences may be left for the family at

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