Deborah F. “Debbie” Noble, 65, of Missoula passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018 at her home in the company of her true love, Joe of “JoMomma.”
Debbie was born to Charles and Alene (Stempel) Noble in Cut Bank on Nov. 3, 1952 and was raised in Libby. She attended Libby High School until the birth of her first daughter, Shannon. She married Robert Orr, and together they had two more children, Eric and Carla. She loved many and married a few.
She was “one of a kind” and known for her giving heart, big smile, work ethic and her funny snort-laugh. Friends and family describe her as genuine, nice, “The Life of the Party,” 70s hippy chick, a pool shark, “the COOL Mom,” and a talented artist, softball player and chef/cook at MK Steakhouse. She loved swimming in Libby Creek and Montana lakes, coaching little league, playing pinochle, cribbage, gardening, dancing, oil painting, roller coasters, concerts, butterflies and the Montana mountains.
She moved to Missoula in 1988 so Shannon could attend the University of Montana. She became the House Mom at the Bethany Home (disabled women’s group home) and cared for all of them as her own. She loved more and married more before meeting the love her life, Joe Salter. Joe fell in love with her beauty, charm, her big brown eyes and her amazing laugh. For the last 21 years, they laughed, drove on mountain adventures, camped, played in the water, built beautiful gardens, oil painted and crafted wood art, spoiled the kids and grandkids, and worked together at the same dental companies. Debbie retired from American Eagle Dental Instruments in November 2017.
Debbie was “Mom” to many and a friend to a special few. Survivors include her partner, C. Joseph “Joe” Salter (Missoula); daughter, Shannon Noble (fiancé Steve Megaard, Missoula); son, Eric Orr (Kyna, Libby); daughter, Carla Orr Weber (Rod, Kalispell); grandchildren: Austin, Megan and Carter Megaard, Jaymee Robinson (Damion), Eric Orr, Jr. and Jesse Weber; great-grandchild, Grayson Robinson; sister, Cathy Bauer (Neil); brother (Mike); sister-in-law Pam Salter; five step-brothers and sisters; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Debbie was preceded in death by Alene and David Sokoloski (mother and stepfather); Charles Salter (“Daddy”); Gary and Sherry Adkison (sister); and Kenneth “Kenny” and Kris Noble (brother).
Cremation is taking place, and at Debbie’s request, there will be no service but rather a Celebration of Life at JoMomma’s house when her flowers bloom. If you would like an invite, please feel free to contact Joe or Shannon on Facebook (There will be a Facebook event created in the Spring).