Debra M. Lyddon (Goldstein), M.D.

LYDDON-Debra M. (Goldstein), M.D. Debra Marie Lyddon died at the age of 53 on Thursday, June 5, 2008 at home in Omaha, Nebraska. Memorials may be made to the Nebraska Humane Society at 8929 Fort Street in Omaha. Deb was born February 1, 1955 in Fremont, Nebraska as the third child of Irene and Hank Lyddon. She would say that she was lucky to have two older sisters, Pat and Gayle—otherwise her dad would not have agreed to a third try…for a boy! Life at the Fourth Street house was always active with friends and family coming and going. During her formative years she worked detassling corn, as an attendant at an all-girl carwash, as a waitress at Holiday Inn and as a “Fotomate” at the Fotomat photo finishing booth. Her photojournalistic interests were evident in Fremont High School where she was voted “most valuable staffer” of the black and gold yearbook. During her junior and senior years she was yearbook editor, a member of the Quill and Scroll Honor Society and National Honor Society. She graduated cum laude from Fremont High in 1973. After high school, Deb chose a nursing career because of the many positive experiences her sister Gayle enjoyed. She graduated in 1977 from the University of Nebraska College of Nursing. She worked as a Registered Nurse in post-op, emergency and on hospital floors in Nebraska and Florida from 1975 to 1983. Her favorite nursing job was at the Plantation Florida General Hospital in the Post-op area in 1980. For many years, she found this field challenging, productive and practical, but ultimately she wanted to be a more effective and integral part of her patients’ health care. Therefore, she attended University of Nebraska College of Medicine, graduating in 1987. She completed a radiology residency (1992) and fellowship in abdominal imaging (1993) at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Following her medical training she worked in private practice until 2001 when she joined the staff at the University of Nebraska. It was here that she realized how much she enjoyed teaching medical students and residents. Deb met her future husband on her first day at medical school orientation. Her group leader was a second year student named Mike Goldstein who, one Wednesday night, convinced her to go out for a drink rather than study. After a three-year courtship, she and Mike were married at the Highland Country Club in Omaha, NE on October 25, 1986. Their family grew with the addition of Blair on November 28, 1996, followed by twins Gayle and Grant on February 27, 1999. Deb’s passions were genealogy and storm watching. She could escape to the library for hours and relive the lives of those that came before. The only problem was that the library did not have enough windows to enjoy big thunderstorms. Deb loved storms. Her home had an entire room devoted to severe weather—the “boom boom” room! Only a month before her death, when asked what she really wanted to do, without hesitation Deb replied, “Go chase tornados!” So she, her sister and nieces embarked on a trip which took them 2100 miles over 4 days in search of the perfect tornado! Deb always had many projects in motion. She was an amazing photographer who could document a moment with true clarity. She collected antique quilts, often researching the person who made them. She loved traveling. Her favorite trip overseas was to South Africa where she was moved by seeing so many people who were content with simple things. Though, as much as she enjoyed traveling, she admitted that she suffered too much from homesickness to be away from Nebraska for long. Home was an important place to Deb. Before you even walked inside you knew someone special lived in this house—from the crazy artwork on the front porch to the bright colors, collections of antique toys, and inspirational sayings hand-painted on the walls. Her home is who she was…full with warmth and energy. Deb’s family includes loving husband, Michael Lee Goldstein; daughters, Blair Hannah and Gayle Catherine Leigh, and son, Grant Paul; sister and brother-in-law, Patricia Ann Scott and Fred Dale Scott; sister, Gayle Catherine Doud who died January 16, 1984; sister-in-law, Beth Lynn Goldstein Bernstein and husband Daniel; nieces: Tiffany Lynn Scott Condit and husband Christian, Shannon Lee Doud Johnson and husband Jeff, Sydney Paula Bernstein; nephews: Chad Dale Scott and wife Lisa Anne Cunningham, Maxwell Bruce Bernstein; in-laws, Phyllis Elaine Rosen Angrisane and Gary Lee and Barbara Friedman Goldstein. She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry Grany Lyddon and Irene Ruth Blair Lyddon in 2001 and 2002. Deb understood that many people come before us who make us who we are. She would say that in this life, we all have some things to learn and some things to teach. Anyone who knew her learned…the best things in life aren’t things. Memorial Service Tuesday, 4:00 p.m., West Center Chapel.


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