A celebration of Debbie’s life will be held with a visitation from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 22, 2021 at Cullen Funeral Home, 612 W. Foxwood Dr. Raymore, Missouri 64083.
Debbie was born in Jamesport, Missouri on November 6, 1957 to Larry Harlow and Wanda (Dick) Johnson. Debbie’s parents relocated to Kansas City, Missouri that same year. Debbie attended preschool at KC’s Brookside Day School, Burke Elementary and Baptiste Junior High in the Hickman Mills district. Before graduating from Ruskin High School in 1975, Deb met Mark Liggatt and they fell in love.
Early in 1977 Debbie and Mark eloped in Las Vegas, Nevada, returning to their new home to build a life together in the same area where they first met. Later that year they welcomed their first child Keanon Scott. The couple’s second child, Callie Lauren, was born in 1982. The young family moved to Raymore, Missouri in 1986, where Debbie and Mark would reside for the remainder of her life.
Professionally, Debbie built and enjoyed a multi-decade career in medical practice management. After gaining extensive experience and knowledge in medical business administration, she joined the office of a notable ear, nose and throat surgeon as he opened his own practice. Many years later Debbie became the Practice Manager for Mid-America Rheumatology Consultants and was instrumental in the expansion and financial success of the practice, growing it into one of the largest and most successful arthritis treatment practices in the Midwest. Her expertise, especially in development and implementation of electronic medical records, garnered her a national reputation and accolades in the field. Debbie was energetically involved in and supported the efforts of the local chapter of the Arthritis Foundation. She became a member of the National Organization of Rheumatology Managers (NORM) and was a finalist for an election to its leadership board in 2016. She traveled the country as a guest speaker at industry conferences, an activity in which she thrived and excelled. Debbie was diagnosed with grade-three anaplastic astrocytoma in 2017. Thereafter, her role became that of steadfast cancer patient: enduring surgeries and multiple rounds of chemotherapy and radiation, all the while maintaining her role as wife, mother, and “Mimi” to her three granddaughters.
Debbie was preceded in death by her father, Larry Harlow; grandmothers Marjorie Harlow and Mary Dick; grandfathers Virgil Harlow and Ed Dick; mother-in-law Elizabeth Liggatt; and her beloved Boston Terrier, Stella.
Debbie is survived by her loving husband of over forty-four years, Mark Liggatt; mother, Wanda Johnson and stepfather, Bob Johnson; sisters DeAnna Byler and Dana Harlow; son Keanon Liggatt and daughter-in-law Sarah Snow; daughter Callie (Liggatt) Cullen and son-in-law Seth Cullen; and granddaughters Chloe and Claire Cullen and Matilda Liggatt; Axel the Great Dane and Boston Terriers Isaac and Lola.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be given in memory of Debbie to Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care, 1500 Meadow Lake Pkwy #200, Kansas City, Missouri 64114.
The family wishes to extend undying gratitude to Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care for their incredible kindness and commitment to Debbie’s comfort at the end of her life.