HOULTON AND MILLINOCKET - Deborah M. Nisbett, 61, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at her home in New Limerick. She was born May 10, 1955 in Newton, Massachusetts, the daughter of Dr. William and Katherine (Cook) Blackwell.
Debbie grew up in Millinocket, and was a graduate of Stearns High School, class of 1973. After high school, she attended Wheaton College, and then transferred to Beal College, where she earned an Associate's Degree in Computer Programming, and then taught there for a period of time. On May 27, 1978, she married her best friend since 8th grade, Tom Nisbett, whom she had met at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Millinocket. After their marriage, Debbie and Tom followed Tom's military career, spending time at Ft. Riley, Kansas where they made many lifelong friends and Debbie furthered her education and life experience. She earned a second Associates Degree from Kansas State University in Retail Floriculture, which led to her longest life's work. Upon returning to Maine and settling in the Houlton area, she and Tom became the owners of Chadwick's Florist in Houlton, a business they owned and operated for 32 years until selling it in 2013. Debbie was a dedicated, talented, and much revered florist and business owner, having served as president of the Houlton Fair Association and the Maine State Florist and Growers Association, as well as serving as Executive Director of the MSFGA. Debbie was also a member of the Houlton Chapter of the Daughter's of the American Revolution. She was honored with many awards in her career, including the Lona T. Putnam Award, which is the highest award given by the Houlton Fair Association, the Ed Johnson Award from the MSFGA, a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Houlton Chamber of Commerce, and was honored as a Paul Harris Fellow by the Houlton Rotary Club, despite the fact that she was not a member of the Rotary Club. Debbie will be remembered by many special friends whom she had formed lifelong bonds with through the years from many aspects of her life. There are too many of these friends to list without fear of omitting some, but they were dear to Debbie's heart and she knows she was dear to them.
She is survived by her mother, Katherine Blackwell; her husband, Tom Nisbett; a sister in law Carol Diters and her husband Tim; a brother in law, David Nisbett; a great aunt Alice Row and her son Jon; four cousins Susan Cunningham, Sidney Duncan, Karen Duncan, and Mark Duncan; and several nieces and nephews. Debbie will also be missed by her canine friend, Tucker. She was predeceased by her father, Dr. William Blackwell.
Friends are invited to visit with the family 2-5 P.M. Sunday, June 19 at the Lamson Funeral Home, 11 Tamarack Street, Millinocket. Graveside services will be held 11 A.M. Monday, June 20 at the East Millinocket Cemetery with the Rev. Bob Landry officiating. Gifts in memory of Debbie may be sent to St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 40 Highland Avenue, Millinocket, ME 04462. Messages of condolence may be expressed at www.lamsonfh.com.