Deborah L Howard

10/13/1959 - 10/27/2023


Obituary For Deborah L Howard

Deborah Lynne Howard (Debbie) 64, passed away peacefully in her sleep the night of October 27, 2023, after a long battle with lung cancer. Born on October 13, 1959 in Weymouth MA to Joyce A. Robinson and the late Frederick A. Robinson.

Debbie was a graduate from Rockland High school and attended Brockton Cosmetology School. During her work career she was a devoted employee at Boston Financial and Blue Cross Blue Shield.

Debbie loved spending time outside, doing crafts, watching soap operas and giving her granddaughter cooking and life lessons. Debbie was a kind soul who made everyone feel loved and welcomed even through her battles in sickness. She was a strong, compassionate and loving daughter, sister, mother, grandmother and friend to all.

Debbie is survived by her life-long soul mate John O’Loughlin of Rockland, daughter Jennifer Wheeler of Rockland, Mother Joyce Robinson of Rockland. Debbie is also survived by her three sisters Kim Johnson and husband Phillip Johnson of New Hampshire, Shelley Johnston and husband Michael Johnston of Rockland, Karen Labonte and husband Gerry Labonte of Pembroke. Debbie also leaves behind her beloved grandchildren Nicholas Rafferty, Tatum Rafferty, Tessa Watson and Shane Foley as well as many loved nieces and nephews.

In this time of mourning, let us remember Debbie for her contagious smile and the joy she brought to many around her. May she rest in eternal peace with the Lord and in the hearts of her family and friends.

Service will be private.

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  • 11/16/2023

    Debbie ~ My heart goes out to your Mom Joyce, all of your family and my brother John. Praying you are no longer in pain and up in Heaven with your loved ones. You will be missed by many, we will certainly try to focus on all the good times and looking at these pictures, you guys looked so happy. I know we will see you again...sending our condolences & best wishes – Annie, John, Johnny & Joe Harrigan.

  • 11/15/2023

    Dear Joyce - we are so sorry for your loss. I remember meeting Debbie long ago in California just like it was yesterday. She will be missed. Love, Mona & family

  • 11/15/2023

    My deepest condolences to John, Deb's Mom Joyce and Deb's family. She will be missed and I know she is watching over all her loved ones. I was amazed at how she stayed positive these past few years with all she had been through! May her memories keep her close, in everyone's heart! ♥️

  • 11/08/2023

    Deb, you will be missed. Deepest sympathy to John and your family. Even when you were feeling less than wonderful you always tried to smile and be happy.

  • 11/08/2023

    I remember Debbie from Rockland High School, as well as being neighbors with my relatives. Definitely Good People. RIP Debbie, you're now free of pain and suffering..

  • 11/07/2023

    I've known Debbie my whole life. She's been like family. I'm so sad to lose her. She was an amazing woman. Condolences to her family.

  • 11/06/2023

    Deb you will be missed. Loved our family gatherings. I am at a loss of words. But you personally know I will take the hit for a family member. Love ya and praying for everyone. Love Bruce Jr

  • 11/06/2023

    Jen I'm so sorry for your loss.She was a very kind woman.Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time

  • 11/06/2023

    She was a great person to have known. May she rest in peace. She will be missed

  • 11/05/2023

    Debbie, I love and miss you so much. Rest peacefully in the arms of the Angels. You're no longer in pain. XOXO Dawn 🩷

  • 11/05/2023

    If Roses grown in Heaven Lord please pick a bunch for me. Place them in my sister's arms and tell her they're from me. Remembering her is easy ~ I do it everyday but there's an ache within my heart that will never go away. ❤️ Rest in peace dear sister. I love you ❤️

  • 11/04/2023

    Debbie was a true gem, a big part of my life, as a young adult and in later years, I love you Deb, till we meet again!

  • 11/04/2023

    To Debbie's family, I was so saddened to read of her passing. We went to junior and senior high school together in Rockland. I will always remember her smile and friendly demeanor. May you have the comfort of your memories in the days and weeks to come. May God bless Debbie and may she rest in peace. With deepest sympathy, Kathleen Botelho Kawa

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