Deborah Tilley Lloyd was born on June 8, 1954 at Fort George G. Meade, in the county of Anne Arundel, Maryland to Derald Alma Tilley and Berwyn Freer Tilley. The third of six children, Debbie was a happy and energetic child who loved being with her family.
During her early years, her father was active in the U.S. Army in Japan where Debbie lived between 1955 and 1957. After completing service in the Army, the family lived in Provo, UT, Sandy, UT, and Portland, Oregon. Her family moved to Farmington, Utah while she was a sophomore in high school. She graduated from Davis High in 1972.
After graduation, she attended Utah State, Weber State and Brigham Young University where she studied Early Childhood development and Elementary Education.
During her junior year at BYU, she reconnected with a young man who was in her high school class, Bruce Lloyd. Bruce and Debbie immediately fell in love and were sealed in the Salt Lake Temple on January 8, 1976.
Debbie and Bruce welcomed four children into their family: Natalie, Allison, Jared, and Michael. They lived in American Fork until 1984, then settled in Kaysville where Bruce and his brother, Keith, operated the family business, Cherry Hill Resort.
Debbie dedicated her life to her family and was a loving wife and mother. She was constantly learning how to better serve her family and teach them the gospel. She served in many callings in her church and was constantly serving family and friends.
Debbie was anxiously engaged in family history. She felt a true connection with her ancestors and made great efforts to acquaint her own family with their stories.
Debbie also loved traveling the world with her family, tending to her amazing garden, painting, cooking, playing games and puzzles, and bringing her family together for holiday celebrations.
One of her greatest joys in life was her grandchildren. She loved playing games, having tea parties and smothering her grandchildren with hugs and kisses. Each of her grandchildren knows and feels close to their “Grammy”.
Those who knew Debbie were blessed with love and laughter. She had a great gift for making others feel at ease and included. She was the kind of person who could strike up a conversation with a stranger and immediately make new friends.
The many trials she faced in life allowed her to build empathy for others and become a wise friend who could be trusted to help with challenges faced by family and friends.
Her love of family history led her to accept a calling as a service missionary with Bruce in the Layton, Utah Family History Center between 2019 and 2021. Her mission allowed her to share her passion for family history and fulfill a life-long desire to serve a mission.
Debbie worked diligently to know her Savior and His gospel. Her testimony of the Plan of Salvation was a constant source of hope, healing and joy for her.
Debbie passed through the veil to greet her Savior and ancestors on January 12, 2023. She is survived by Bruce Farr Lloyd her husband of 47 years, her children Natalie Joy (Jacob) Ball of Meridian, Idaho, Allison Marie (Steven) Jensen of Kaysville, Utah, Jared Bruce (Julie) Lloyd of Hooper, Utah, Michael Grant (Lexie) Lloyd of Farmington, Utah. Her grandchildren: Nathan, Matthew, Susannah and Luke Ball; Steven, Cole, Elizabeth, Tanner and Katelyn Jensen; Colby, Ledger and Vienna Lloyd; Braelyn and Braxtyn Lloyd, her sisters Sandra (Randy) Rigby and Shawna (Gary) Core. She was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers; Craig, Steven and David.
A viewing will be held Friday, January 20, 2023 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Russon Brothers Mortuary: 1941 N Main St, Farmington, Utah. A family viewing will take place 9:30 to 10:30 AM on January 21, 2023 followed by funeral services at 11:00 AM at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints building at 200 N. Flint St. in Kaysville, Utah. Debbie will be laid to rest in the Farmington Cemetery.
Funeral service will be available via Zoom at: https://zoom.us/j/94801768704
Services will also be streamed live on the Russon Mortuary & Crematory Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/people/Russon-Mortuary-Crematory/100057447129518/) and on this obituary page. The live stream will begin about 10-15 minutes prior to the services and will be posted below.