Debra's Story

GUILFORD - Debra Anne (Hall) McLemore passed away unexpectedly on Friday, November 13, 2015 at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. Daughter of Mary (Ward) Hall and the late Bernard Hall Sr., Debbie was born on July 17th, 1966 in Pittsfield, Maine.

Debra grew up in Newport and graduated from Nokomis Regional High in 1984. She also held a biblical degree from Jubilee Bible Institute. Debbie worked at Ames Department Store during her high school years until they closed in 2002, when she began her career as a Rite Aid manager.

On November 28th, 1988 Debbie received a heart transplant, just 6 months after giving birth to her daughter, Michele. Just 14 months later, she gave the birth to her son Matthew, becoming the 5th woman in the world to naturally give birth after a heart transplant.

Those who knew Debbie knew that she was a strong, quiet, kind, loving and selfless mom, wife, daughter, and friend who always found a way to relate and interact with people. When Debbie would see someone in need, she secretly would help in any way possible without recognition. She quietly touched the lives of all who knew her and left a lasting impression on everyone she met. She was playful, fun, encouraging and an overcomer who wanted to enjoy life and live everyday to the fullest, which she accomplished by taking many vacations and trips with friends and family. She loved to take pictures and capture the many memories we made as a family.

She is survived by her husband Wendell Hall of Guilford, mother Mary Hall of Newport, brother Barney Hall Jr. and wife Joanie of Bangor, sister Nancy Howe and husband Richard of Troy, daughter Michele Bonin and husband Brennen of Dixmont, son Matt McLemore and girlfriend Kacie of Bangor, her favorite and only granddaughter Rylie Bonin, and many aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends.

A celebration of life will be held Saturday, November 28th at 1pm at Jubilee Family Worship Center, 163 Elm Street in Newport. All are welcome to join, celebrate, and share memories of Debbie's beautiful life.
Published in Bangor Daily News
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