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Deborah Dunlap Tanner
Troy-On Thursday, December 23, 2021, Deborah “Debbie” Dunlap Tanner, loving sister, niece, aunt, cousin, and dear friend, passed away at the age of 65. Debbie grew up in Augusta, GA and spent many years working at Region One Mental Health Center in Clarksdale, MS as a nurse and counselor for people living with mental illness and substance use disorders. She finished her career working as a case manager at Unity House in Troy, NY helping victims of domestic violence. Debbie enjoyed spending her days amongst her close friends and family, taking care of her many plants, making beautiful flower arrangements, singing songs to her little finch Violet (and anyone else within earshot), finding good deals at local shops, and always doing her best to keep on the sunny side of life. She and her best friends brought fun, laughter, and a little mischief wherever they went.
Debbie fought a hard battle with cancer, keeping true to her spirit of hope, faith and gratitude the whole way through. She managed to keep smiling and finding joy in the little things during the hardest days: calls and visits from family and friends, the taste of a chocolate milkshake, singing Christmas carols and Amazing Grace, hearing the song of her little bird, and seeing the word “hope” on the sweatshirt of her physical therapist. Her loving spirit, contagious laugh, and strong heart carried her through the hardest journey she ever faced, and will be remembered by many.
Debbie was preceded in death by her father Tommy, her mother, Betty, her step-father David, her paternal grandparents Jack and Sally, and her maternal grandparents Bill and Ruth. She is survived by her sisters, Jo’Dee and Corbin, her stepsisters, Aleta and Robin, her nephews Tommy and Jack, her niece Riley, her aunts Kitty, Kay, and Trudy, her uncle Ray, and her cousins Kristen, Joe, Gray, and Ray. She is also survived by her dear friends Cissy, Dick, John, and Nancy, and her favorite bird, Violet.
Funeral services will be held in the spring of 2022 in her hometown of Augusta, GA.
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It hurts my heart to hear of Debbie's passing. We worked together at Region One and became fast friends. She always had me laughing. After she moved we still kept in touch through Facebook and would message me often asking how I was doing and to offer words of encouragement for whatever I was going through at the moment. Always upbeat and positive. As the years went by and with her illnesses we just kinda drifted apart on social media. She will be missed greatly. I'm sure she was greeted by Betty and many pets she lost along the way. Praying for Jodee and Corbin and all her family and friends!
Sharon Wright Jan 9 2022 2:03 AM
I'm sorry for your loss, JoDee. And I'm sorry I only knew Debbie when we were children. I wish I'd known her - and you - as adults.
Donna Earnest Jan 2 2022 12:15 AM
My deepest condolences for your family JoDee.
Tammy Tiroff Jan 1 2022 9:28 PM
My deepest sympathy, love, and prayers to Corbin, JoDee, Aleta, and Robin. Debbie's obituary captured her well. I'll always treasure my many precious memories all the good times spent with sweet Debbie.
David Cook Jan 1 2022 2:11 PM