Obituary: Debbie Frame

Mother, grandmother, wife, longtime educator


Claremont resident Debbie Frame, 75, died Wednesday, October 23 after a brief illness.

“She was diagnosed with cancer that spread rapidly and took her from us within a handful of weeks of the diagnosis,” her family shared. “Throughout the entire time, she never once complained about it and had the most positive attitude.”

Debbie was a teacher for a number of years in Arcadia, California, and most recently at Emerson Middle School in Pomona. 

She married her husband, Jay, in 1967 and had two children, Brandi and Jason, that they raised in Claremont. 

She loved to stay active and had an infectious positive attitude and joy of life, her family shared.

She had always wanted to donate her body to medical science and her wish was fulfilled by UCLA Medical Center.

“She always sought to help others and felt that even after she passed someone could learn and benefit from her,” her family shared. “As such, no funeral or service will be held. That was also one of her longstanding wishes. She preferred in her words that, ‘Everyone should be kind and celebrate life.’”   

She is survived by her husband; two children and their spouses; three grandchildren; and a number of other relatives and friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to one of Ms. Frame’s favorite charities, The Be Kind to People Project, at


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