Dec 27,1956---Oct 02,2021

Debra M. Galvin, 64, of Shawnee, KS, passed away Saturday, October 2, 2021. Visitation will be from 9:30-10:30 AM with a Funeral Service following at 10:30 AM Saturday, October 9th, 2021, at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 5500 Woodson Road, Mission, KS.


Debra was born December 27th, 1956 in Kansas City, KS to James and Helen (Miljavac) Galvin and was one of four siblings. Growing up in Mission, Kansas, she graduated from Bishop Miege Highschool in 1974.


Debra was a proud Jayhawk, having attended The University of Kansas for Undergraduate and Graduate degrees, ultimately earning her Phd in Developmental and Child Psychology. Debra’s dream of creating a multi-disciplinary center was realized after nearly 30 years of established private practice. As the founder and director of Dr. Deb’s Center for Child and Family Development, she was lovingly referred to as “Dr. Deb” by the children, youth, and families she served.

Debra’s passion was helping others, offering wisdom and guidance to families looking for help and answers. Debra always spoke fondly of the families, staff, and fellow colleagues that she had the pleasure of helping, collaborating, and realizing her vision with. She was beyond grateful for all of their love and support.


She was an amazing mother and grandma, showing her children and grandchildren fierce, unconditional love and support. Debra relished her time in her own private “oasis” at her home that she and Michael created. She enjoyed gardening, swimming, hosting pool parties for her grandbabies, and pampering her beloved dog, Lucy. Debra loved flowers, and was never without a vase full of fresh cut flowers from her garden. One of her “happy places” was Family Tree Nursery, where she could browse their beautiful selection of flowers and plants.


She was preceded in death by her mother, Helen Galvin (Miljavac), father, James Galvin, and nephew, Andrew Canon.


Debra is survived by her husband Michael Thompson, siblings Denise Canon (Milling), Mike Galvin (Jennifer), Mary Ann Vogt (Richard), Marc Thompson (Shiela), Julie Groh (Jim), & Sarah Conce (Ed). Debra was the wonderful mother of three children, Sarah McCreary (Josh), Jeffrey Cook, and Kevin Cook. Two Stepsons Brian Thompson (Kylie), Kevin Thompson (Stephone).

Debra was a dedicated and loving Grandma to her 8 grandchildren, Jace, Reese, Mason, Noah, Kolton, Bailey, Konnor, and Bryson as well as many nieces and nephews.


In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Helping Hands Foundation, a vision of Deb’s that was in the works at the time of her passing. The mission of Helping Hands is to provide therapeutic and educational support for children with special needs and their families. or through Porter Funeral Homes, 8535 Monrovia Street, Lenexa, KS 66215.


Jody ( VanGarsse) Horn Oct 05 ,2021

I was so sad snd shocked at Deb's passing. I went to grade school and high school with her. She was always someone I could call if I was having a particular " parenting challenge". She always treated me with kindness and respect, while redirecting me. I have many fond memories of being at the family home in Roeland park. I keep your family in my prayers ❤️

Sheila OConnor Oct 05 ,2021

Very good friend! ,Asheville ,North Carolina

Michael, Deb’s siblings, children and grandchildren, I am so very sorry for the loss of your wonderful wife, sister, mother and grandmother. She had been a dear friend since high school, then through KU, in OT school and as a peer professional throughout our careers. I could always pick up the phone and seek her advice about patient’s. I will miss her so much. My only condolence is knowing we spent hours together, sharing a meal, in August, when I was back in KC. We were engrossed in a deep conversation about every topic under the sun, which included her pride and joy in her husband, her children and her grandchildren, and, as often happened with Deb, we totally lost track of time till the manager asked us to leave as it was late, he had to lock the doors and turn out the lights! I love you, Deb, and will miss you so much.

Karen Lutz Baumann Oct 05 ,2021

Friend ,Independence ,Missouri

So very sorry to hear about Debbie. My heart and prayers go out to the Galvin family.

Nicole Schroeder Oct 05 ,2021

Colleague ,Overland Park ,Kansas

Dr. Deb was a visionary. She inspired many and was a great role model to young professionals she encountered. She was a dedicated and loving grandmother and mama to her puppy Lucy. Praying and thinking of all of her family and affected loved ones.

Michael S. Jones Oct 06 ,2021

Attorney and Friend ,Overland Park ,Kansas

I am saddened greatly by the passing of a wonderful friend and client. I am proud to have been a small part of Dr. Deb’s unique vision for serving children and families in need. Sending strength and support to Mike and the rest of her family. We will miss you, Dr. Deb. You made a difference.

Alice Avitia (Triana) Oct 06 ,2021

Friend from grade school (St. Pius X) ,Norman ,Oklahoma

My grade school years at St. Pius X brings me great joy. So many wonderful memories. I was in the process of reaching out to my grade school friends hoping one day to make a connection. I would have loved to know Debbie as an adult. What a wonderful vocation the Lord blessed her with. I mourn her loss. My prayers for Debbie and her beautiful family. I Love You Debbie. You will be missed. ??????

Karen Oct 06 ,2021

Friend ,Mission ,Kansas

Please accept my sincere condolences on the passing of your beloved Debbie. May she rest in eternal peace.

Mike and NinaThomas Oct 06 ,2021

Lifelong friend of the Galvin family ,Gardner ,Kansas

To the immediate and extended family,. Mike and I extend our sincere condolences. May the comfort of the Holy Spirit and precious memories help you during this tender time. We are praying for you all. May God bless you and wrap his arms around you 🙏

Kristine McDonald Oct 07 ,2021

Friend ,Overland Park ,Kansas

Dr. Deb taught us how to help our son and strengthened our family. We will always be grateful to her and all the staff at Dr. Deb's. She was a force for good and will be missed.

Don Edmonsond Oct 07 ,2021

Friend ,Overland Park ,Kansas

Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Susan Geraghty Miller Oct 08 ,2021

friend ,Olathe ,Kansas

To Deb's family, Love and prayers to all of you during this difficult time. I went to Miege with Debbie and also on our senior trip to Washington we were roomies. So very sorry for your loss.

Steve Miller Oct 08 ,2021

friend ,Olathe ,Kansas

I am very sorry. I went to high school with Debbie.

Moira Vogt Oct 08 ,2021

Neighbor to Mary Ann ,Roeland Park ,Kansas

So sorry for your loss Mary Ann! Thoughts and prayers from our family to yours!

Sylvia Gonzales Rodriguez Oct 08 ,2021

Friend ,Overland Park ,Kansas

So sorry for your loss. May your happy memories help you thru this sad time. Debbie & I went to high school together. Going to miss seeing her at class reunions. Sending prayers & hugs for her family.

Christina Savignano Oct 08 ,2021

Friend ,Overland Park ,Kansas

Michael, all her siblings, her children and grandchildren, I cannot put into words what Dr. Deb meant to me and my family. She was an amazing doctor and friend. She had such a huge impact on my family. She guided us through a very difficult time in our lives with grace, compassion, humor, understanding and love. She was a true friend; honest, sincere, and supportive. It was such a shock to hear the loss of this truly wonderful lady. I will miss her. I know that she will continue her journey in heaven and remain ever present in those lives she touched so profoundly. God Bless You All.

Tom and Sue Cooney Oct 08 ,2021

Mike, Denise and Mary Ann. We were truly sorry to hear about the passing of Debbie. Please accept our condolences. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Philip Martin Oct 09 ,2021

Friend and classmate ,Kansas City ,Missouri

I went to school with Debbie for about 14 years at St. Pius X, Miege, and KU. I liked and respected her and was impressed with her grit and determination to reach a goal. It was honor to have known her and I am better for it. My best wishes for her family. She will be missed because she was one of a kind.

Patty (Lisson) Mendelsohn Oct 09 ,2021

friend ,Sydney, Australia

So sorry to hear of Debbie's passing. I have such fond memories from grade school and high school with her. A great loss. Sending my deepest condolences all those who knew and loved Debbie.