Debbie Rae Ness (Thompson), 61 of Bismarck died on October 30th, 2017. A memorial service will be held on Friday, Nov. 3, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church at 3:00 p.m. with Rev. Pamela Power officiating. 

Family will be receiving friends Thursday, Nov. 2, from 5 – 8 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.

Debbie was born on February 14, 1956 “a Valentines Baby” to birthmother Betty Thompson in Kimball Nebraska.  She and her mother moved back to their family farm in White Earth, ND.  Shortly thereafter Betty passed away and Debbie was adopted by her maternal grandparents Vernon and Mildred Thompson.


Debbie grew up in the White Earth area living in a small house on the farm with several new brothers and sisters and a loving family that now had a little sister. She attended grade school in White Earth and then in Tioga, where she graduated from high school in 1974. 

On January 13th, 1976, Debbie and Doug Heinle were united in marriage.  To this marriage, Debbie welcomed her greatest blessing, Sarah Leigh Ann Jane. Doug passed away in 1995.  Debbie had great pride in all of Sarah’s accomplishments and couldn’t wait to share her latest and greatest successes.  Debbie was an amazing and a dedicated mom that almost never missed an opportunity to support her in sports, academic, or professional celebrations of success.  She was so very proud of the wonderful person that Sarah had become.


While in Washburn Debbie enjoyed a wonderful life enjoying all the fun and pride of living in a small town and making numerous lifelong friends.   She especially enjoyed working at the Washburn Clinic, helping people in many ways.


After moving to Bismarck, Debbie continued to work at Med Center One, later Sanford, in a variety of positions in the health care systems by providing great care and compassion to all of her patients.   Debbie had a God given gift of caring for others when they needed it the most.  Upon retirement, she continued to provide care and support to anyone in need.


On December 26th, 1998 Debbie was united in marriage to Joe Ness.  This marriage united not only individuals, but two families as their children Sarah, David and Amy became one family, finally giving Sarah a brother and sister.  Debbie loved her grandchildren Abigail and Gabriel, and looked forward to every visit. Spending time with the kids brought unexplainable joy to her heart. She truly would have done anything for them, and truly embraced the role of a grandmother.


 She was a wonderful cook and enjoyed entertaining friends and family with her meals. She made the best caramel apple pies and homemade pizza.  She carried on and passed down the traditional family Thompson recipe of potato dumplings.


 She loved traveling and they experienced and enjoyed many places all over the world, including Australia, Hawaii, Mexico, Norway, Caribbean cruises, and numerous trips around the US..  She loved her puppies Cooper, Lucky and Bridger. She took them for walks and they also took her for walks. They loved her snuggles and kind heart.


She is survived by her Husband: Joe Ness (Bismarck), Children: Sarah Heinle (Minneapolis, MN), David (Hannah) Ness and their children Abigail and Gabriel (Dickinson), Amy Ness (Myles) (Lone Pine CA),  Siblings: Verlee (Donald) Kjosen (Stanley), Edith Elvick (Reno, NV), Larry (Beverly) Thompson (White Earth), Jerry (Penny) (Phoenix AZ), Joan (Jerry) Long (Woodlands,TX) Steven Thompson (Williston), Steven (Allison) Butler (New Braunfels, TX), and brother-in-law Raymond Iverson (Stanley).  Mother-in-law Lucille Ness, Brother-in-Laws;  Mike (Louine) Ness (Bismarck), Larry (Kathy) Ness (Cedar Rapids, IA), Ron (Becky) Ness (Bismarck), as well as countless nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.


Debbie is preceded in death by:  Birth-mother, Betty Thompson; Mother, Mildred Thompson; Father, Vernon Thompson; Sisters Sandra and DeAnne.


In lieu of flowers memorials preferred to Heaven’s Helpers Soup Kitchen, PO Box 8, Bismarck, ND 58502

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Bismarck Funeral Home
3723 Lockport St
Bismarck, ND 58503-5537
(701) 223-4055

Site designed and maintained by KK BOLD Copyright 2013 Bismarck Funeral Home

Bismarck Funeral Home
3723 Lockport St  |  Bismarck, ND 58503-5537
(701) 223-4055

Site designed and maintained by KK BOLD Copyright 2013 Bismarck Funeral Home