As a member of SDABJ, Debra brought with her a vast knowledge of San Diego and a passion for telling stories about the area’s black community, which she loved deeply. It was important to her for the public at large to know all that was dynamic and special about San Diego’s African-American people, history, culture, triumphs and sorrows.
A person didn’t have to be around Debra for long to feel her warmth and her spirit. She was often the first to recognize a group or an individual in need and to extend a helping hand. Her energy seemed to be boundless and we, the members of SDABJ, were proud to call her our friend.
On Monday, May 16, 2011, Debra passed away after suffering a stroke. We are deeply saddened today, but will forever be grateful for having known her – for being part of her glorious life, even for just a little while.
Her passing leaves a hole in our community and in our close-knit group, but we will move forward keeping in mind all that she taught us and the people and stories she held dear. Her mission was our mission and will remain so.
Debra, we thank you and we will love you always.