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Debra Conklin

March 25, 1957 — July 10, 2017

Debra J. Conklin, 60, Ponsford, MN, died Monday, July 10 at her residence under care of Hospice of the Red River Valley. Funeral Services for Debra will be held Thursday, July 13 at 1pm in the Old Pine Point School. Visitation will be held Wednesday, July 12 at the Old Pine Point School starting at 4pm. Interment will be made in Breck Memorial Cemetery, Ponsford. Debra Jean Basswood was born March 25, 1957 in White Earth, MN to Albert Sr. and Anna (Rice) Basswood. She attended school in Ponsford and Park Rapids. After school she enrolled at the Detroit Lakes Vo-Tech and finished with a degree in administrative support. Debra moved to Minneapolis and worked as a technician for two different plasma centers. In 1982, Debra was united in marriage to Perry Heinonen Sr. In the early 1990’s, Debra moved to Detroit Lakes. She was employed at the Shooting Star Casino working as an administrative assistant. In 1999 she was united in marriage to Kenny Conklin. Kenny passed away in 2005. During her spare time, Debra enjoyed playing softball, shooting pool, Bingo and spending time with family and friends, especially her grandchildren. Debra had a heart of gold, and was always willing to lend a hand to a friend in need.

Debra is survived by her five children: Lisa (Brian Swenson) Basswood of Bagley, MN, Jessica (Robert) Jackson of Detroit Lakes, Perry Jr (Tanya) Heinonen of Detroit Lakes, Jacque (Cerviano) Orozco of Seattle, WA, Robert (Sharade) Broderson of Detroit Lakes and 17 grandchildren. In addition she is survived by two brothers and four sisters: Albert Basswood Jr, Delmar (Gina) Basswood, Margaret Basswood, Patricia (Ed) Miller all of Ponsford, Richinda Rock of Moorhead and Sandra (Butch) Smith of Ponsford, numerous nieces and nephews, along with close friends: Verna Basswood and Lisa Blakely. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Kenny Conklin, three brothers: Richard Basswood, Roland Basswood and Maynard Basswood, four sisters: Jennie Mae Basswood, Rosetta Basswood, Doris Weaver and Mary Lou Basswood along with several nieces and nephews.

Funeral Home: David Donehower Funeral Home 609 Hwy 10 East Detroit Lakes, MN US 56501

Previous Events

Visitation
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
4:00 PM
Old Pine Point School

48075 Co Hwy 129
Ponsford, MN 56575

continues until the service on Thursday

Service
Thursday, July 13, 2017
1:00 PM
Old Pine Point School

48075 Co Hwy 129
Ponsford, MN 56575


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