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Deborah Irene Looney

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Deborah Irene Looney, born Deborah Irene Blanton, passed away after a brief illness on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at Memorial Hospital in Santa Rosa, California. Deborah Irene Blanton, known to her family and friends as "Debbie" was born on September 4, 1952 in San Francisco, California. She was the first child and only daughter of Dewey and Aileen Blanton. When Debbie was 3-1/2 years old, her family moved to Cotati, California where Debbie was raised with her brother, Gregory Blanton. Debbie was a 1970 graduate of Rancho Cotati High School. She was a cheerleader for the High School Basketball and Football Teams and was a drum majorette for the High School Band. After graduating from High School, Debbie graduated from Santa Rosa Junior College. Debbie was employed by Transworld Systems as one of the first clerical employees hired by the company's owners, Floyd and Kathy Watkins. Debbie and her future husband were instrumental to the growth and development of Transworld Systems which later became one of the largest collection agencies in the Country. Debbie was employed for over twenty years. She remained life long friends with the founders of the company, Floyd and Kathy Watkins. Debbie met her husband, Gary Looney, of Santa Rosa, California, at Transworld Systems and they married in 1979. Later in 1993, Debbie left employment with Transworld Systems to join Gary in his business in San Francisco, California. She was the Vice President of Creditors Trade Association, Inc., the business which she and Gary owned and operated from 1993 until her death. The company relocated from San Francisco to Santa Rosa in 1996. Debbie and Gary enjoyed outings with family and friends. Debbie was an avid San Francisco Giants fan and one of her biggest thrills was to attend all the world series games played in San Francisco. Another special moment was to attend the Baseball All Star games held at Pac Bell Park in recent years. She was also an avid San Francisco 49ers fan. Although Debbie and Gary had no children of their own, Debbie was affectionately known as "Mama" to the children of family and friends. Debbie loved children. Debbie and Gary were fortunate to be able to travel the world and enjoyed more than 75 cruises which took them to Australia, New Zealand, Tasmania, the Far East, including Indonesia, Hong Kong and numerous islands of the South Pacific. Their extensive travels took them to Europe, Scandinavia, Norway, England and the British Isles, the Mediterranean, North Africa, Italy, Greece, the Holy Land, Cape Verde Island, The Canary Islands, The Azores and Eastern Europe. A special trip was taken by Debbie and Gary to their ancestral homeland of Ireland. Debbie's mother's name was Byrne. The Byrne family was from Dublin and came to the United States at the turn of the century. Gary's Irish heritage stemmed from Londondary and his family too, came to the United States in the 18th Century. Debbie was proud of her ancestral name Byrne and of her Irish heritage. Their travels also took them to Mexico, Central America and South America. They also traveled extensively in the Caribbean. Debbie's favorite island in the Caribbean was St. Barts. Debbie especially loved traveling every spring and early summer to the South of France. In particular, Debbie loved traveling to the Cote d'Azur and the City of Antibes. She also loved the small village of St. John du Cap Ferrat and enjoyed staying in Monaco and Paris. Debbie and Gary also traveled extensively throughout the Americas. Debbie especially loved visiting New York City where she and Gary had numerous friends. She also loved traveling to Beverly Hills where she and Gary maintained a small business office. Debbie also enjoyed her frequent visits to the Hawaiian Islands, especially Honolulu. Her favorite hotel in New York was the St. Regis where she and Gary stayed for more than twenty-five years. She enjoyed her many trips to her favorite restaurant, Le Bernardin, in New York. For more than twenty-five years, Debbie and Gary were frequent diners at their best friend's restaurant, The Kenwood Restaurant. Debbie and Gary enjoyed many family gatherings and special occasion dinners prepared by the owner, Max Schacher. Debbie loved fashion and dressing well. She was also an artistic decorator . She decorated her home which she and Gary built in 1999 with furnishings they obtained on their numerous trips around the world. Debbie was also a wonderful homemaker and an exceptional chef, preparing family meals during the holidays. Debbie was a collector of Santa Claus' and she had a numerous collection of Santa Claus' which she displayed in her home at Christmas. Debbie especially enjoyed Christmas and she loved shopping at the Christmas Department at Bergdorf Goodman in New York. Debbie was thrilled on one occasion at Bergdorf Goodman to shop for Christmas ornaments with Faith Hill. During her travels around the world, Debbie was able to meet heads of state and other celebrities, including Bill and Hillary Clinton, Sir Anthony Hopkins and others too numerous too mention. Debbie was also thrilled that she and Gary were invited to celebrate the retirement of the Commodore at Cunard Lines and the Captain of Queen Elizabeth II, Robert Warrick, at a special dinner party in London, where she and Gary had the opportunity to meet Princess Diana. Although Debbie traveled the world through her short life, she was a homemaker, loved her home and was always willing to open her home to friends and guests. Debbie was a wonderful woman who made no enemies and never had a bad word to say about anybody. She was kind, thoughtful and a giving person. Her love of animals prompted her and Gary to found the Fluffy Charitable Trust within the framework of Forgotten Felines of Sonoma County. Debbie is preceded in death by her father, Dewey Blanton. Debbie is preceded in death by her beloved cats, Fluffy, Black Jack, Jacqueline, Winston and Maximillan. Debbie is survived by her husband, Gary Looney of Santa Rosa, California, her mother Aileen Blanton of Santa Rosa, California, her brother Gregory Blanton of Santa Rosa, California, her nephew Daniel Blanton of Dallas, Texas, Julie Blanton of Santa Rosa, California and Michelle Blanton of Prescott Valley, Arizona. She was the adored daughter in law of Kathleen Looney of Cloverdale, California. Debbie's family is grateful for Diane Fairclough's steadfast devotion to Debbie, for being by Debbie's side throughout her illness and during Debbie's final moments. Debbie's family is thankful for the presence of Doug Provencher, Susan Provencher, Kim Minton, Landon McPherson and Michael O'Brien for being with Debbie during her final moments and their friendship throughout the years. The family thanks the staff at Memorial Hospital, including Dr. Kent Matsuda and Dr. Peter Brett at Sutter Oncology for assisting Debbie and her family during this difficult time. The family also thanks Marcy Smothers and Max Schacher for providing their assistance and meals to the family. Debbie will be sorely missed by her family and everyone who knew her. A celebration of Debbie's life will take place at a later date. To my sweet little angel. You will always be my one and only true love. Until we meet again. Gary. Donations in Debbie's memory may be made to Forgotten Felines of Sonoma County, P.O. Box 6672, Santa Rosa, CA 95406 and Memorial Medical Center Foundation, Breast Cancer Research, c/o Long Beach Hospital, 2801 Atlantic Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90806 (562) 933-4481. Arrangements Made by Daniels Chapel of the Roses Funeral Home and Crematory 707-525-3730
Published Online in the Press Democrat from Mar. 2 to Mar. 8, 2014
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(707) 525-3730
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