You are my sunshine, my only sunshine,
You make me happy when skies are gray,
You'll never know, dear, how much I love you,
Please don't take my sunshine away.
  • 59 years old
  • Born on September 16, 1956 in Needham Heights, Massachusetts, United States.
  • Passed away on March 6, 2016 in New London, New Hampshire, United States.

Deborah Ann Cummings (Valutkevich) of New London, NH, passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 6, surrounded by her closest family and friends. Deborah, known lovingly as Debbie, was born in Needham Heights, MA, to John and Bette Cummings on September 16, 1956. She and her two siblings, Mark and Lynda, spent the first part of their adolescence living in St. Johnsbury, VT, and later in New London, NH. Debbie was active in the Girl Scouts for seven years, of which she was very proud, and overall appreciated her loving and active youth with family and friends. She went on to attend Green Mountain College in VT; she had a passion for art, creativity, a knack for original thought, and was always an avid reader and inquisitor. Debbie moved to Portsmouth, NH, in her twenties, and grew to love the seacoast as much as the mountains. Later in life she joined the medical field, which was her most educational and rewarding experience, along with her many years of devotion as the business manager of Portsmouth Harbor Cruises. Debbie was a loyal friend who worked hard all her life, never forgot much, and never sat still – now we know why. In 2010, Debbie was diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer, but attributed her survival to remaining positive and remembering her father’s wish that everyone “just try and be brave.” Debbie stated that her greatest accomplishment in life was educating her daughter, Anna Brynn Valutkevich, and helping to guide her to fulfill her own dreams. To honor Debbie’s life, a private service will be held in the spring. In lieu of flowers or donations, Debbie has asked all simply to remember to be kind, as you never know what someone may be suffering.

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