Knowing Deb through our neighborhood book club, "Gentle Readers" has indeed been a pleasure. She inspired us, kept us organized and motivated. Her wit and wisdom, her passion for reading inspired me to enjoy books I might have over looked. I will long remember her laughter, her amazing outlook, her creativity, her wonderful veggie soup, and her trademark t-shirts. It has been a pleasure knowing Deb, and I will miss her greatly. To those who loved her and cared for her, may your rich memories of her replace the feeling of loss in time. I have so enjoyed the collection of photos of Deb and her family...she was so adorable with that ready smile of hers! Rest in peace, my friend.
Our heart felt sympathy and love goes to each one in the family . May God comfort you at this time and may He help heal your heart as only He can do. Let the peace of God be with each one of Deborah's family in their grief .
Bob and Linda Hatfield
La Grange , Tx. 78945
I met Deb through a Book Club, too. We were proud when we spent five minutes on the book while we met for dinner. I own one of her beautiful quilts--it makes me happy every day to see it. Her artistry was amazing; her courage in facing her illnesses and her resolve to live with joy anyway was inspiring.
I got to know Deborah through some neighborhood events. She was a great lady and graciously donated some quilts to silent auctions to raise money for the neighborhood. I was sorry to hear of her passing. She will be in my prayers.
I am sorry to hear about your loss. Your family will be in my prayers.
So sorry for the loss of your dear mother. When I read the obituary, I couldn't help but notice that she sounds a whole lot like you. What an incredible lady and a full life she lead! I will continue to think of you and your family!
Amber,John and Gail
I am so very sorry for your loss of your dear mother and sister. She was a true Burgess to the end as I am sure my brother and I will also be. She was proud of her independence and her stoic New England upbringing. As you say she was a transplant to Texas but never gave up her New England roots.
I always looked forward to seeing her and Gail when Uncle Star and Aunt Lucille came to visit while they lived in Beverly. That time was too short however because the family moved to Texas and we lost touch for a while.
I will always remember the time she came to my house, when I was married and lived in Danvers, to introduce me to her beautiful daughter Amber. She was very proud of you as she should have been. The wonderful Burgess reunion that she planned, that was held in my daughter Kendra's yard, was another wonderful memory. Once again she was thinking of others such as my mother, who was at that time in her late eighties, and Deb wanted everyone to get together so they could all see "Aunt Sis" before anything happened to her. I could go on and on with the memories of our visits together over the years but suffice it to say she will never be forgotten.
I am glad that she is at peace and out of pain. Her family on the other side I am sure were waiting for her with open arms.
All my love to you and yours during this very difficult time.
Your cousin Joyce
John and Amber, I was so sad to hear of your mom's passing. Debbie has indeed a terrific lady and I have so many fond memories of her.
I was only 12 years old when she became my sister-in-law and she always came up with fun things to do like crafts or making homemade ice cream in the back yard and cool places to go like Westbury Square and shopping at Macy's downtown store - a real trip from LaMarque back then. She also cooked the best foods that I had never tasted before (ie, stuffed artichokes) and it was always a treat to eat at her house. I can remember when she hosted a Christmas brunch for all the ladies in the neighborhood and it was very gourmet and sophisticated .. and delicious.
I even met Dennis at her house when she hosted a Bay Area Singles Club meeting and I claimed credit for some of the terrific food she served. Truth is I had only mixed it up based on her direction. She probably is responsible for getting me a husband!
I am so sad to know that she is gone but I know she will always be loved and remembered, especially through her many beautiful quilts.
Sharon Dunten Templin
Debbie and I met when she came to my office at NASA for an interview. I hired here immediately. That started a 30+ relationship, both work and as friends. When I left to go to Pennzoil it didn't take me long before I knew she had to come to Pennzoil. Both of us were divorced, with small children and she drove a hard bargain to go so far from home to work downtown. We started a vanpool and Debbie was our driver. Always dependable she would always find different routes for us to take when traffic conditions prevented us from our normal route. I took my first cruise with Debbie. We almost didn't make it because of system problems at work. When that plane took off we both sighed with relief. No cell phones at that time so we were free for seven days. I was so exhausted when we returned because we did everything the cruise offered.
Debbie was always there, ready to help. Even as her body failed her with pain and fatigue, she did what she could. I will miss her.
I have know Deb through our book club, "Gentle Readers". As our leader and organizer, she was masterful.. I hope with time, we will regroup and continue our little book club in her honor. She fought this cancer with a quiet dignity, but, also with a fierce determination. She will remain an inspiration. My sympathies to her family. Lynda Abney
Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you honor your dear mother. May God hold you tenderly in His hands.
I've had the pleasure of knowing Deb through some quilting activities. She was a lovely lady. I'll hold her memory close to my heart.
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
I am so sorry to hear about your mom's passing.
You and your family will always be in my daily/continued prayers.
I will miss your Mom. She was a lovely lady. If anybody deserved to beat this cancer it would have been her! I will miss her smile and the lovely pictures of her quilts.
Susan Williams MD