OLD TOWN - On September 10th heaven received an extra special angel. Debbie was born on Nov. 30, 1953 in Cleveland, Ohio, the daughter of Jeanne and Carl Lawrence. She grew up in Mentor Heights and has fond memories of spending summers at her grandparent's farm.
She fell in love and married after High School and spent the following years supporting her husband in the Navy, volunteering at the Navy Relief Society in San Diego, and raising their three children. She founded the first chapter of the Juvenile Diabetic Foundation in Portland, Maine in the early 1980's. Debbie was a talented artist and seamstress who will be most remembered for her infectious laughter and love for others. She was a kind woman willing to share her time to volunteer and help others. Debbie's unwavering faith and positive attitude touched the lives of all who had the pleasure of knowing her. The family would like to thank the staff at New Hope Hospice for their kindness and compassion, as well as the lovely folks at Wendy's restaurant in Orono and all of her friends at the River House in Old Town.
She is survived by her kindred spirit of 43 years, Lynn Matoush; her three children, Jennifer and her husband, Ike Gasaway, Samantha and her husband, Jim Monty and Nathan Matoush; 2 grandchildren, Lauren and Brenden; her mother, Jeanne; her siblings, Carl Lawrence, Doug Lawrence and his wife, Brenda, Duane Lawrence and Susie Gamble and her husband, Doug; and faithful feline companion, Macy Mae. She was predeceased by her father.
A celebration of her life will be conducted 2 p.m. Sunday at the Old Town United Baptist Church where friends may call from 1 p.m. until time of service. Refreshments and fellowship will follow in the church hall. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to New Hope Hospice, P.O. Box 70, Eddington, ME 04428 or to the Old Town Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 565, Orono, ME 04473. Notes of condolences may be left at www.birminghamfuneralhome.com