Deborah A. Wheeler
1953 - 2020
Morse-Bayliss Funeral Home
122 Princeton Boulevard
Lowell, MA
Loving Wife and Mother

Deborah A. "Debbie" (Emerson) Wheeler, 67, of Hampton, NH, formerly of Lowell, MA, passed away peacefully October 15, 2020, with her family by her side, after a long, courageous battle with cancer.

She was born in Lowell on March 7, 1953 to the late Irving F. Sr. and Phyllis A. (Gray) Emerson. She graduated from Lowell High School with the class of 1970, and furthered her education in computer programming. She began her career at Keane, Inc., and later worked for NTT Data as a Program Analyst for 29 years until her retirement in 2016.

Deb loved to travel the country with her best friend and husband of 32 years, Russ, as they followed their beloved son Tim's baseball and basketball tournaments. She particularly enjoyed attending Tim's games held in Las Vegas.

Together they enjoyed spending lots of time in Florida visiting family and friends. Their last trip included a memorable dream cruise to Cuba and the Cayman Islands. Most of all, Deb loved being home in Hampton, sitting on the front deck looking out over the ocean, cocktail in hand, while watching the boats and the world go by.

The family would like to thank the Mass General Cancer Center at Exeter Hospital and the Merrimack Valley Hospice for the capable and compassionate care they provided during her illness.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, Tim Wheeler and his fiancée Gia Adams of Miami, FL; two brothers, Irving F. "Sonny" Emerson Jr. and his wife Sheila, and Robert J. "Beau" Emerson and his wife Eileen, and a sister, Kathleen Emerson, all of Lowell; a sister-in-law, Lyn Lewis and her husband Richie of Hudson, NH, and several nieces and nephews.

It being her request, there are no calling hours. A private celebration of life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make memorial donations in her name to either: Exeter Hospital, Community Relations and Advancement, Attn: Erica Spiegel-Sanborn, 5 Alumni Dr., Exeter, NH 03833. (If by check, please note "Deb Wheeler, Beyond the Rainbow Foundation" in the memo section, or donate online at, or to: Home Health Foundation, Attn: Community Engagement, 360 Merrimack St., Bldg. 9, Lawrence, MA 01843 ( The MORSE-BAYLISS Funeral Home, 122 Princeton Blvd., Lowell, is honored to be assisting the family during this most difficult time. Funeral Director, Frederick W. Healy. Please visit Debbie's life tribute page at

Published by Lowell Sun on Oct. 18, 2020.
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Cheryl Plunkett & Judith Quinn
March 8, 2021
I always looked forward to seeing Deb during our vacation at Salisbury Beach. My thoughts and prayers go out to Russ,Timmy and family.
Kimberly A Novak
December 11, 2020
I always looked forward to seeing Deb during our vacation at Salisbury Beach. My thoughts and prayers go out to Russ and Timmy.
Kimberly A Novak
December 11, 2020
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
Michael Burns
October 22, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always. So sorry for your loss, Russ and Tim.
Ron & Lorna Findley
October 21, 2020
God bless my dear friend Debbie. May you now rest in peace. To Russ and Tim, Sonny, Beau and Cathy my deepest condolences on the loss of your beloved best friend/partner/wife, mother and sister. Debbie was a friend to all and she will be missed, but our memories of her will be with us all forever.
Norm Anderson
October 21, 2020
I can still hear her infectious guttural laugh! I was treated to watching many cocktail hours that Deb shared with Russ and my parents Timmy and Lorraine Vaughan, as that day on the porch of 41 Rockingham Ave. Sending so much love to Russ and Timmy, just heartbreaking. Rest peacefully Deb.
Lori McCall
October 19, 2020
RIP Deb! My thoughts and prayers to the Emerson and Wheeler families.
Kevin Souza
October 18, 2020
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
Eric & Mary ann Heuser
October 18, 2020
Sonny, Beau, Kathy and Deb's family;
Sorry to read this I went to school with Deb, I have not seen her since the early eighties but we were good friends and had a lot of laughs together back then it sounds like she had a nice life since then she deserved it she was a good woman and a good friend my condolences to all of her loved one's, God bless.
Tom Leavitt
October 18, 2020
Dear Russ and family I’m So sorry

For the loss of Debbie. We had good

Times taking are walks and being

Neighbors Rest In Peace. Deb

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Cathy Britton
October 16, 2020
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