Debbie Anderson, a surgical nurse and first assistant at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, died Thursday, June 24th, in a car accident near her Brentwood home. She was 48 years old.

Anderson was born December 27th, 1955 and moved to Los Angeles in the early 1990s from her hometown of Redding.

She began her career as a surgical nurse in Redding, where she assisted doctors performing complex heart surgeries.

She later worked for many years at the Encino-Tarzana Regional Medical Center.

Anderson was active in track and field, snow skiing and water skiing.

In the mid 1980s, she was named a National Water Skiing Champion. In high school, at age 14, she was named a yo-yo champion.

Anderson also enjoyed various other sports and world travel, and she had recently begun to learn surfing.

She was a member of the All Saints Episcopal Church and attended services in Pasadena and Beverly Hills.

Anderson is survived by her partner Kira Walker of Topanga, parents Richard and Evelyn Anderson of Redding, and brother Frank Anderson of Redding.

A memorial service was held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 10th, at All Saints Episcopal Church in Beverly Hills.