Deborah Girkin


Deborah Girkin passed away Saturday, March 4, 2023, at the Advent Care Home, after dealing with extensive health conditions. This was her home for three years and 2 two months, after moving to Clearwater from her long-time home in Broken Arrow, Okla. 

Deb was born Feb. 6, 1951, in Cincinnati, Ohio, to her parents, Danilda Julia and Bruce Ambrose Watts. As she was the youngest, three other siblings welcomed her into the family, Pamela Jane (Tillotson) Finn (deceased), James Bruce Watts (deceased), and Mary Ann Stafford of Clearwater and Texas. 

Deb attended Clearwater schools until she married young, and moved to Tulsa, Okla. She was married to Ronald Charles Girkin on April 27, 1968, by his Quaker minister/grandfather. They began their married life in Tulsa, later moving to Broken Arrow, which became their permanent home. Ron now resides in Tulsa. 

Three beautiful sons were born of this union, Christopher Ronald Girkin (deceased), Joshua Russell (Kristina) Girkin of Lawrence, and Zachary Tyler Girkin of Tulsa. After her first son, Chris, was born, she was blessed to get to attend Tulsa Junior College (TJC) in Tulsa. She graduated with a registered nursing degree. Deb worked in hospitals in the area, and at TJC, as the college nurse, until a severe on the job back injury ended her nursing career, requiring three major surgeries. 

Deb’s daughters-in-law, Jaquetta, Kristina, and Ashley gave her great joy, along with Kristina’s two precious daughters, Victoria and Samantha.

Deb’s memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Friday, March 10, at Clearwater Church of Christ, 13900 Diagonal Road, Clearwater. 

In lieu of flowers, a memorial will be announced. Please go to Webb-Shinkle Mortuary’s website for further information, 

Webb-Shinkle Mortuary, Clearwater, is in charge of arrangements.