Deborah Lynn Butterfield was born on September 14, 1965, in Seattle

Debbie grew up in Bothell, Washington, where she graduated from Bothell High
School. After high school she attended Shoreline Community College, then
transferred to Western Washington University where she graduated with a degree
in English Literature.

In 1989, she married Phil Onishi in Seattle Washington.

At the time of her passing, she and Phil had been married nearly 32 years. Debbie
was diagnosed with Glioblastoma Multiforme brain cancer in March 2019.
Through multiple chemo treatments, radiation and other cancer treatments,
Debbie showed incredible courage and strength.

On January 27, 2021, God called Debbie home to join Jesus in heaven. She
passed away peacefully, while lovingly held by her boys. She is survived by her
husband Phil, sons Matthew and Kenzo, parents Dennis and Nellie Butterfield and
brother Peter and wife Lourdes Butterfield.

Please consider giving to the
American Brain Tumor Association as they advance
the understanding and treatment of brain tumors.

This website is a place to collect stories, memories, thoughts, prayers, photos and
more in remembrance of the beautiful soul, Debbie Onishi.
Click here to browse the photo album we created for our dear Debbie.
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be
dismayed, for I am your God. I will
strengthen you and help you; I will uphold
you with my righteous right hand.
Isaiah 41:10

In Debbie's last few months, I would read
Bible verses to her before turning out the
lights at night. She would tell me that she
wanted to memorize the verses. I would
read a few words at a time, and she would
repeat them back to me. It might take 40
minutes as we worked on a verse. Debbie
had a very difficult time remembering
words, so I would speak four words and she
would repeat, then 3 more, then a few more.
We were rarely successful at memorizing
any verses in their entirety, but it meant so
much to her to hear God's word and know
that He was there.
On the left are two very special
photos. I'm so very thankful that
Kenzo Onishi was on a choir tour
that summer, ending his tour in
Paris. We flew to Paris and meet
up with my sister Leann and
Kenzo. The first photo shows
Debbie's joy as she was visiting
Shakespeare and Company in
Paris in the summer of 2018.
The total book nerd could not be
contained. The other Paris
memory photo shows another
love of Debbie's, the
appreciation of art. Visiting The
Musée de l'Orangerie in Paris
was a deeply emotional visit.
Debbie was memorized by the
massive display of Monet's work.
Here she stands in awe next to
some of the gigantic surround of
Monet's beautiful paintings.

Tell your Debbie story. Send a message of love and tribute. Share a scripture, share a photo. My dear relative Ricardo...

Posted by Phil Onishi on Monday, February 1, 2021
The photo below shows one of the photos from an entire album sent by Nellie
and Dennis Butterfield
. Click here to see the whole album!