- 57 years old
- Date of birth: Oct 9, 1958
- Date of passing: Jul 8, 2016
|Let the memory of Debra be with us forever|
It is with heavy hearts that the Kowalski family announces the death of Debra Simmons Kowalski, most beloved wife, mother, and daughter. She was taken from this earth heartbreakingly on Friday, July 8th. Born October 9th, 1958 in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, she was the first daughter to James & Germaine Simmons. A dynamic personality, she was so full of life that it cannot be imagined without her.
After her first love, her family, Debbie’s joys in life encompassed cooking, gardening, riding horses, creating memories with her amazing friends, and caring for her rescue dogs. She was also a gifted career woman, studying business, researching in marine biology and geology, and working in research and development in blood diagnostics.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Germaine Simmons, her brother, Howard Simmons, and her sister, Michelle Tharpe. She is survived by her loving husband of 35 years, Ed Kowalski, her two sons, Tucker Kowalski (Allyson Burkett) and James Kowalski (Melissa), and her father, James Simmons.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, July 15th at 11:00am at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Oxford, North Carolina, followed by a reception in the parish hall. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to “Old North Canine Rescue” in care of Sherry Owens (125 Pine Cone Drive, Oxford, NC 27565), or a charity of choice.
"Dear Ed and family, Uncle Jimmy,
My heart broke to hear the news of Debbie. I have so many memories of our times as kids, teenagers, and adults. She was at my side for the happiest time in my life, as a bridesmaid and mourned with me when I lost Steve to breast cancer after 34 years of marriage. She called on occasion to check on me, and just to say that she loved me. It has been said that siblings and cousins are often your first friends. That was true for Debbie and I. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Rest in peace, my beautiful cousin. You will remain in our hearts and memories.
"Debbie was a wonderful and loving aunt to my son Daniel Simmons. They had a special bond and I am grateful for all the love she showed him. She will be missed terribly. I pray for Jimmy, Ed, Tucker and Jaime and all the family that God will comfort you during this sad time.
,You are in my prayers,
I am particularly sorry to hear of your loss. Debbie and I had a great time emailing back and forth about the family and she will be missed, and obviously universally loved. My thoughts and prayers are with all my Simmons cousins at this time.
Jim Glover - Marietta, GA"
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