Debra L. Demarse

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Debra L. Demarse

June 13, 1955 - January 04, 2019

Debra L. Demarse It is with deep sadness that we have to say goodbye to our dearest Debbie. She was a strong woman with a lovely heart, who lost her courageous battle to cancer at Massachusetts General Hospital surrounded by her beautiful family. Our Debbie is now in heaven working for God, he has asked her to provide love, kindness, and understanding to loved ones she left behind. Her selflessness made our Christmas Season joyful and memorable even while she was so ill. She was so glad to be with us during this joyous time.
Debbie's legacy began on June 13, 1955. She was born in Malone as a gift from God to Albert and Margaret (Johnson) Ashlaw.
Debbie attended school in Burke, N.Y., graduated from Franklin Academy, Malone, N.Y., and attended Empire State College.
On March 31, 1973, she married the love of her life, Greg G. Demarse at Notre Dame Church, Malone, N.Y., by Father Dennis Dupree. They were happily married for nearly 46 years.
Debbie's love for children was her passion as she worked as an early childhood educator for nearly 35 years. She touched many young lives during her tenure. She especially enjoyed talking to past students or receiving a big hug from a little one. She truly loved her job!
She was blessed with two wonderful children and their spouses who stayed by her side during this difficult time. She is survived by a daughter, Vicki (Demarse) and son-in-law, Todd Giroux of Plattsburgh, N.Y., and a son, GJ and daughter-in-law, Nicole (Degon) Demarse of Plattsburgh, N.Y.
She was also blessed with three beautiful grandchildren, who she loved and cherished so much, Troy and Logan Demarse and Abigail Giroux.
She is survived by her brother, Richard Ashlaw and his wife, Hedy of Victor, N.Y., and her sister, Phyllis Smith of Malone; two sisters-in-law, Virginia Ashlaw of Williamson, N.Y., Linda Ashlaw of Burke, N.Y.; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Len and Edie Demarse of Malone, N.Y., Chris D. Winterbottom of Cadyville, N.Y., and Rick and Lizza Demarse of New Hampton, N.Y.
She is also survived by many nieces and nephews, who she loved dearly.
She was predeceased by her parents, Albert and Margaret Ashlaw; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Emile and Lucille Demarse; siblings, Paul and Theresa Marlow, Ken and Lorriane McCabe, Dick and Rita Durham; brothers, Darrell Ashlaw, Donald Ashlaw; sister-in-law, Sis Ashlaw and brother-in-law, Kieth Smith.
Calling hours will be held at St. Mary and Murphy Wilcox Funeral Home in Malone from 4 to 7 p.m on Friday, January 11.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Saturday, January 12, at Notre Dame Church, Malone, N.Y.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Debbie's memory may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or the Westville Volunteer Fire Department.
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Published on January 7, 2019
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Kristie Jarvis Otero
Jan 13, 2019
Debbie was such a special person and all who knew her loved her. Prayers for comfort and strength for you all. She's watching over you from above. We've made a donation, in her name, to St. Jude's to honor her life and love of children. She made the world a better place.
Dick & Julie Jarvis
Jan 13, 2019
Too many memories to mention, but Debbie was a wonderful lady and a great friend to everyone who knew her! May she now rest in peace and no more suffering!❀️
Ken & Marian Knox
Jan 10, 2019
We send our deepest condolences.
Corinne Niles
Jan 09, 2019
Debbie was a great teacher and person. She has touch so many young children's hearts durning her time at Head Start. My thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends. RIP Debbie
Patti Kavanaugh
Jan 09, 2019
I'm so sorry for your loss. I always remember Debbie having a big smile and always happy.
Bertha atkins wood
Jan 08, 2019
Rip debbie prayers and hugs for the family sorry for your loss god bless
Eleanor Bassett
Jan 08, 2019
Prayers for your families loss! I have so many great memories of Debbie,she was a great co-worker,I enjoyed being her assistant for many years.She was a kind,caring,fun and compassionate gal.She had a great smile.I know she loved her Family dearly and was so proud of all of you. May she rest in peace.
Cheryl Wilcox Frieda willet
Jan 08, 2019
God bless you all many memories with Debbie and all the Ashlaws our prayers are with you all
Mark & Joy Barney
Jan 08, 2019
Deb always had that infectious smile and kind word about everyone. Our family sends our prayers & sympathy to the Demarse family. May she be free from her pain and smiling down at us. Rest In Peace DebπŸ’—πŸ™πŸ»
The Garrows
Jan 08, 2019
We are so sorry for your loss. We will miss that infectious smile and positive spirit. She was such a wonderful women. God certainly has one of the best by his side and now the angel is pain free. May she Rest In Peace and all the happy memories help you find comfort in the difficult time ahead. We send all our love to Vicki, Abby, Tood and all the family.
Jan 07, 2019
Miss you so much my friend. We had so many good memories....
John sampica
Jan 07, 2019
My favorite memory is Greg , Debbie , Wendy and me riding the back roads of Burke and Chateaugay , we may of had a few brews , not sure , but we sure had a great time. RIP my friend
Debbie & Joe Pelicone
Jan 07, 2019
Debbie you will always hold a special place in my heart as a co worker and a friend. We are so glad you were a part of our lives. You will be greatly missed. Greg she will forever be by your side. You will never walk alone
Nadine Leary
Jan 07, 2019
I will never forget what a kind person Debbie was. She always seemed to be smiling and loved a good laugh. When my father passed away she was right there with words of comfort and support. Her love for her family was such an integral part of her personality, there for everyone to see. She will be missed greatly.