Debra (Debbie) Ann Simons

Debra (Debbie) Ann Simons of League City, Texas, went to be with our Lord, April 13, 2023. She was born December 7, 1950 in Slaton, Texas. She was preceded in death by her parents, D.J. and Nell Hlavaty; husband, Steve Simons; and brother and sister-in-law, Tom and Pam Hlavaty. Debbie and Steve were married 18 wonderful years until Steve’s death on November 1, 2014.

Debbie graduated from Lubbock Cooper High School in 1968.  She loved spending time with family and friends and was a constant instigator of bringing everyone together for a good time. She and Steve had a great love and appreciation for travel and music. They attended many concerts and were active members of the Galveston Bay Parrot Head Club, helping to raise money for local charities. Debbie developed a successful career as a travel agent in organizing, creating, and leading group cruises for local wineries and their patrons. She was an active member of Clear Creek Community Church and served in the children’s ministry.

Debbie is survived by her brothers: Danny Hlavaty and wife, Monika, of Ransom Canyon, Texas; Doug Hlavaty and wife, Valerie, of Woodrow, Texas; and Lance Hlavaty and wife, Barbara, of Lubbock, Texas.

Debbie is also survived by her sons: Corey Newsom and wife, Barbara, of Willis, Texas; Scott Newsom and wife, Annette, of League City, Texas; Everett Simons and wife, Colleen, of Kingwood, Texas; Gabe Simons and significant other, Pam Vandiver, of Houston, Texas; Levi Simons of Houston, Texas; and seven grandchildren: Zachary, Tyler, Hannah, Caleb, Chloe, Jacob, and Andrew; along with many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on April 17, 2023, at Clear Creek Community Church at 4201 FM 528 Road, Friendswood, Texas. A brief visitation will precede the service at 1:00 p.m.

Debbie will be laid to rest at 3:00 p.m. on April 22, 2023, at Slaton Englewood Cemetery in Slaton, Texas under the direction of Englunds Funeral Service at (806) 828-3535.

Please consider donating to the American Heart Association or Clear Creek Community Church in lieu of flowers.

The family would love for you to share your memories in the condolence section below.


  1. We were so saddened to hear the news of Debbie’s passing. She was a kind person with a big heart. She loved her friends and family dearly. Praying for peace, comfort, and strength for the family during this difficult time.

    Debbie Schwander
  2. Debbie was a wonderful friend with a big heart. I will miss her.

    Marian Scott
  3. Debbie was always so vivacious! Led us all in team spirit and school community! This picture is exactly as I would imagine. She has a cheering team already started in heaven!! I just know it!!!

    Janet Lee Nicholas
  4. I only knew Debbie for a short period of time but I got to know her and her love of sports! Debbie came to my home for 3 days in a row when we were all yelling for the Astros to bring in their win. Debbie was Sweet,fun and jumped right in to help in the kitchen, Debbie always had a smile and always cared sincerely about my condition. Debbie was a beautiful Soul and I send my sincere condolences to all members of Debbie’s family.

    Eileen F Fortino
  5. So sorry for your loss. May God gives her peace and happiness she deserves. My Prayers for her and all if you.

    Sherry Karin
  6. I will miss you, Debbie. You were a pleasure to know.

    D'Anna Travis
  7. Those of us in the Village of Tuscan lakes will miss Debbie. She was an active participant in our community, always bragging on her family and sharing in their many times spent at concerts and being together. God chose Debbie for his garden because she held a special place in his heart.

    Marcia Graves
  8. Debbie was a very special person. Always smiling and laughing. She loved traveling and hanging out with the ladies travel club.
    She was so good to me after the death of my daughter. Always checking up on me. Prayers to her family 🙏🏼❤️

    Sandra Rethorn
  9. Debbie was such a sweet and giving neighbor. I am so sorry for her families loss. She spoke of them often in such a proud manner. She is in heaven, and we will all remember her as a lovely lady, who enjoyed life until the end.

    Wanda Shipp
  10. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends at this time. know she will be missed.
    Terry & Betty Upton

    Betty Upton
  11. I met Debbie at a Bible Study group a few years ago, then was blessed to have her move to my neighborhood and we became good friends. Debbie’s positive outlook was an inspiration to us all! She was always ready to get together and do things, and always shared stories about her family with pride. We will miss her lovely presence here in the Village. Prayers to her family. 🙏🏻❤️

    Jill McCadden
  12. My precious forever friend, Debbie. We met in 1971 and no matter where our lives took us over the last 52 years we have always remained in touch with each other. We have shared so many highs, and lows, during that time but one thing I know without a doubt is that God brought us together for a reason and I have been truly blessed by your beautiful smile, your wonderful gift of love and compassion for your family, friends and even friends you hadn’t met yet. You will forever be in my heart and I will miss you so very much. You are finally reunited with the love of your life, Steve. My thoughts, prayers and love are with your amazing children and grandchildren. You are loved by so many.

    Pat Vaughn
  13. Debbie has been a blessing to our Weds. Bible study group. She will be missed.

    Ellen Cook
  14. Losing her is the most painful thing I’ve had to endure since the loss of my husband and brother. We shared so many things together both good and bad. She brought sunshine into so many lives. Sail on my dear friend.

    Kathy Fisk
  15. Debbie was such a blessing to so many. She will be truly missed. You will all be in our thoughts and prayers..

    Tanya Robinson & Family
  16. We had great times over the last twenty two years. I can still see Debbie tap dancing in my back yard for her 50th birthday. Steve had bought her lessons for her birthday!!! We shared special trips together with our group of friends !! Many great dinners at her home with Steve and Debbie and a group of friends. Christmas and Thanksgiving were special times also. We always had a friends dinner to celebrate holidays !!! Always included adult beverages ,singing and dancing !!

    Many concerts and pool days ! Great time at Pardi Gras one year with our group of friends in New Orleans. An amazing trip to Antigua !! She will be dearly missed by all of us .

    Rest in peace dear friend. Love Kathy and Kevin DeShazo

    Kathleen Deshazo
  17. Mickey and I have the most incredible memories and stories from our travels with Debbie and Steve. From our catamaran trips to group trips to the islands like Antigua. They both knew how to relax and live in the moment… Also, how to have fun! Debbie always spoke her mind and blazed her own trail. We will miss her loving spirit, her kind heart and her daring energy. Condolences to the family. She treasured. Much love Karen and Mickey and Elefterion.

    Karen and Mickey and Elefterion
  18. So very sorry for your loss. Had many morning coffee chats with her at Becky Overcash’s home & great fun pool times with her when she lived in University Park. We will miss her dearly and cherish the good times.

    Ernestina & Ford Hubbert
  19. A shining light has burned out. Debbie was full of laughter, kindness, and always thinking of others. She will be missed so much. I’m sure you are dancing with Steve in heaven

    Elizabeth Hostetler
  20. You made me a better person.


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