February 17, 1957 - August 11, 2020
Dr. Debra Lynn Nielsen, age 63, of Richfield. Survived by husband, Dr. Alan Russell; daughter, Dr. Cori Russell; son-in-law, Matthew Lacki; grandson, Wesley Alan Wilder; mother, Betty Ritchie; niece, Janelle Nielsen. Preceded in death by beloved brother, John Nielsen. She was the rarest gem. She excelled in everything she attempted, from academic achievements to skipping rocks. She graduated valedictorian of her class at the University of Minnesota School of Veterinary Medicine, and went on to become a brilliant, dedicated, and compassionate veterinarian. She was creative and artistic, eccentric, and irreverent. She was the person everyone would call when they needed help, and she would drop everything to help her friends and family. She was an avid cook, green thumb, seamstress, finishing carpenter, tile setter, canoeist, cyclist, world traveler, and a lifelong animal lover. Despite her infinite talents and the countless people who loved her, she could never believe how truly magnificent and loved she was. No amount of memories can ever replace her presence.
Due to COVID-19, the memorial service is private.
Monday, August 17, 2020