After battling interstitial lung disease, Debbie Marjorie McLeod Knall passed into glory in the early hours of Friday, May 3, 2019. After a week in hospital with a virus causing complications, Debbie spent two days on life support in ICU and passed away.
Like any loss, this is not easy. It was unexpected and sudden and we were not prepared for her life to come to an end. We find comfort knowing that she is now in heaven and feels no pain or sorrow.
We are thankful for the many doctors and nurses who showed great kindness and skilled care to Debbie during this battle, specifically the hospital stay at the U of A Hospital prior to her passing.
She leaves behind her husband Hans-Georg (Jack) Knall of 40 years; her daughters Megan Knall and Liesel Davidson (Scott); step-grandchildren Samantha, Justin and Dylan; father and mother (Bob McLeod and Marjorie McLeod); sisters Nancy Brown (Keith) and Deanna McLeod; nephews Jordan (Julia), Daniel, and Alex; great-niece Henley; and many cousins, aunts, and uncles.
Debbie was born on September 7, 1954, in Calgary, Alberta and grew up in Edmonton, attending McNally high school and the University of Alberta where she earned a Bachelor of Education degree. Debbie and Jack met at church in the 1970s and married on July 15, 1978.
Debbie was an early childhood teacher by training but for the last 20 years she had worked on an historical research project, writing a literary non-fiction book about the events surrounding the life of her great-grandfather J.H. McLeod who moved to Alberta in the 1920s to run Royalite Oil Company, a subsidiary of Imperial Oil. Debbie spent countless hours pouring over historical documents in London, Ontario at UWO and at the Glenbow Museum in Calgary. Debbie was able to help commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Turner Valley oil discovery in 2014, by creating a photographic and information display for the event. The book has not yet been finished but her family hopes to complete this in Debbie’s honour.
Debbie taught a love of learning and an appreciation for great food to her daughters. She had a collection of cookbooks with detailed notes and would create elaborate menus for parties. Debbie was full of joy and had a memorable laugh that many recall.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, May 25, 2019 at 1:00 pm at Christcity Church, 14788 156 Street, Edmonton.
Over the last few years, Debbie experienced increased chronic pain and the lung disease damaged her lungs to the point they could not function anymore. Interstitial Lung Disease is not commonly discussed and more research is needed. In lieu of flowers please consider donating to support Interstitial Lung Disease research.
Any donation cheques should be made to:
University of Alberta
Memo line note: Dr. Meena Kalluri – ILD Clinic
Cheques can be mailed to:
Dr. Meena Kalluri / ILD Clinic
3-125 Clinical Sciences Building
11304-83 Avenue NW
Edmonton, AB T6G 2G3