Deborah Lee “Debbie” Dove, 62, of Los Lunas, NM, passed away on January 11, 2019, in the hospice unit at the Presbyterian Kaseman Hospital in Albuquerque, in the arms of her husband, Don Ensminger. He survives her in death. Debbie was born in Russell, KS, on April 22, 1956. She spent her early childhood in Gorham, KS. As the child of a Forest Service administrative officer, she moved around several times in her youth, from Fort Collins, CO to Cody, Wyoming, to Flagstaff, Arizona, and back to Fort Collins, where she graduated from Rocky Mountain High in 1974. But she always considered herself a Kansas girl. She had a 25+ year career as a procurement specialist and contracts negotiator for the federal government in the US Forest Service, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the Office of Operations, Procurement Operations Division, of the Department of Agriculture, all in Fort Collins, CO. She managed the implementation and deployments of a multitude of information technology (IT) contracts - each one valued in the millions of dollars - during her career. Her last assignment was to the USDA-wide IT contracts office, managing contracts supplying over 2,500 field offices with hardware and software throughout the US and its territories. Debbie and Don married on July 7, 2000, and were very seldom out of each other’s reach from that day until she passed. She retired in 2008 due to complications from Multiple Sclerosis and Trigeminal Neuralgia.
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Debbie and Don left Colorado and moved to Los Lunas, a suburb of Albuquerque, in July 2014. They resided in the Jubilee 55+ Community at the base of El Cerro volcano. She supported numerous progressive political causes, along with her husband. After having successfully ‘graduated’ from hospice twice since 2016, she was unable to overcome the third round, finally succumbing to her chronic secondary progressive MS. She is missed by numerous friends at the Jubilee Community and by her family. Of all the places she lived, she loved Jubilee the most because of all the friendships she and Don made there. She loved attending open mic nights at the Jubilee Villa to watch and listen to her husband play guitar and sing, along with his musician buddies. She is preceded in death by her mother Janice Louise (Reich) Murphy and both her maternal and paternal grandparents. Along with her husband Don, she is also survived by her son of a previous marriage, Justin Dove and his partner Landra Brook, of Las Vegas, NV, father Bill Murphy of Gorham, KS, uncle John Murphy and his wife Judy of Gorham, KS, uncle Tom Murphy and his wife Jo of Sylvan Grove, KS, aunt Pat Murphy of Russell, KS, sister Jacque Sadowski and her husband Kevin of Hickory Creek, TX, sister Carlee Bishop and her husband Sean of Atlanta, GA, sister Annette Comes and her husband John of Colorado Springs, CO, brother Spencer Murphy and his partner Stephanie Bloyd of Bushton, KS, and brother Ryan Murphy and his wife Angela of Tenino, WA. Also, she is survived by her sister-in-law Denise Ensminger Smith and her husband Gary of Boswell, Oklahoma. She is also survived by nieces and nephews, including Shannon, Mitch and Tyson (Jacque Sadowski); Murphy and Kelsey (Carlee Bishop); Mac and Krystin (Ryan Murphy); Nicholas (Spencer Murphy); and Cole and Dalton (Denise Ensminger Smith). And loving wives and husbands of nieces and nephews, and many great nieces and nephews and cousins.
From her husband, Don:
It’s closing time. My darling wife,
Debbie Dove, is gone. She passed away this evening. The flower girl of my heart and love-of-my-life has left my arms and is running now through lavender fields under a warm two-sun sky. Deb believed in a heaven where she and I would travel the stars together and still make it home in time for dinner. Where dogs run happily through fresh-mown grass and cats sleep soundly on front-porch swings in the cool of a small-town Kansas evening. Where family will be arriving any moment now with love and laughter, and where Momma Jan waits for everyone at the kitchen door in back. I believe in Deb’s heaven. It shall someday be mine. And I believe that she and the Great Spirit of all universes will make it so. I love you, my flower girl with the purple bell bottoms. I did not know you then, but I loved the woman you became. Go run now, my beautiful bride. Momma is calling. And someday I will meet you there for dinner. It won’t seem long for you, but it will seem an eternity for me.
I’ll miss you often when you’re gone.
I’ll think fireside thoughts about you every day.
I know nothing of the journey you’ll be on,
but I know you’ll be in heaven anyway.
Remember this is only life —
not much of this world should ever get us down.
You did your best here — I’ll do my best here.
Someday we’ll meet up somewhere,
safe and sound.
Arrangements are being handled by the caring professionals at the Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel, 418 W. Reinken Ave., (505)864-4448.