DEW, Debra Marie|
Debra Marie Dew, 58, passed away on December 28th, 2013 of breast cancer. Her last days were spent surrounded by friends, family and the caring staff at Hope Hospice in Ft. Myers, Florida.
Debra was born March 19th, 1955 in St. Louis Missouri to Bette Jane and Joseph "Toby" Dew. She attended Principia High School and Washington University in St. Louis before completing her Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of Texas in Austin. She was preceded in death by her father and is survived by her mother and her beloved Labradoodle, Dolly Dew.
Deb's paintings hang in homes across the country. She was a singer and musician and had a band called Debra Dew & the Dialtones. She had several great loves and was beautiful and passionate and giving. Children were drawn to her and always held a special place in her heart. Debra became a very successful hairstylist and was a co-owner of HorseFeathers Salon in Austin, Texas. It took months to get on her calendar and going to that salon was fun. She was a master of color, whether it was your hair, the walls of your house, or the fabric of a quilt she made for you.
After more than 25 years in Austin Debra moved to Seattle, Washington and bought a house in the Ballard neighborhood. She was a jill of all trades, restoring and remodeling it herself, amazing those who saw it before she started. Deb promptly installed a salon in the front parlor and soon had another thriving business. She started knitting and became a quilter and began learning to play the fiddle, creating a community of friends along the way.
In 2010 Debra moved to Ft. Myers to care for her mother. She set up a studio on their lanai, painting, quilting and "doing hair" in their community of Jamaica Bay. She and Dolly made many new friends there who helped her so much as she became ill.
Debra Dew was a shining light and a generator of love. She had an extraordinary flair for bringing people together, connecting friends and being the cheerleader for others to realize their potential. Being with Debra made you feel like a better person. She shared herself, her many talents, enthusiasm and love of life with everyone she met and knew. She was magnificent.
There will be a memorial in Austin for Debra in the near future, but no date is set.
Published in Austin American-Statesman from Jan. 12 to Jan. 13, 2014