Deborah McGarey

Deborah Ann McGarey (Card)

Friday, September 4th, 1953 - Sunday, June 28th, 2020
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Deborah A. McGarey (Card).

On Sunday, June 28, 2020, the world lost a loving, kind, and devoted wife, mother, grandmother “Nannie,” aunt, sister and friend when Deborah A. McGarey, “Debbie”, age 66, passed away peacefully at her home in the loving care of her family.

Debbie was born September 4, 1953 in Biddeford, Maine and spent her childhood growing up in Arundel, Maine. She was educated at Mildred L Day Memorial and graduated from Kennebunk High School in 1971.

It was in her high school years that she met the love of her life, her husband, John J. McGarey whom she married on May 20, 1972.

As a mother, she was immensely dedicated to her two sons, Jason and Christopher. She was also a fiercely devoted Nannie to Kaitlin, Destiny, Ryan and Kyle and her great grandson, Dean. She will also be greatly missed by her many nieces and nephews who loved her greatly.

Debbie was employed by CoStar, formerly Morningstar when after 37 years, she decided to retire to spend more time with her grandchildren. Nothing made Debbie happier than a day at Mothers Beach or poolside with her grandchildren, they were her world and she, theirs’. Never was there any doubt in their hearts how much Nannie loved them.

In addition to her husband, children and grandchildren, Debbie will be greatly missed by her sisters: Linda Rae Pierce, Clarissa Guay and Corinne Van Peursem and her husband, Stephen Levitt.

Debbie was predeceased by her grandparents who lovingly raised her, Truman P and Ellen F.“Nellie” Bennett, her mother, Mary Ellen Bennett Card, father, Raymond F. Card and her brothers, Robert and Douglass Card.

The family would like to recognize the caring staff of Beacon Hospice, in particular, Katherine, Wanda, Jennifer and Deb, who guided Debbie’s family through her journey to God.

Calling hours will be Thursday, July 2, 2020 between the hours of 6 pm and 8 pm at Bibber Memorial Chapel, 67 Summer Street, Kennebunk. A private Mass will be held at a later time.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to: Animal Welfare Society, PO Box 43, West Kennebunk, ME 04094.

To share a memory or leave a message of condolence, please visit Debbie’s Book of Memories Page at

Arrangements are in care of Bibber Memorial Chapel, 67 Summer Street, Kennebunk, ME.
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    Thursday, July 2nd, 2020 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Thursday, July 2nd, 2020 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Bibber Memorial Chapel-Kennebunk
    67 Summer Street
    KENNEBUNK, ME 04043
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A private Mass will be held at a later time.


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Linda Tripp

Posted at 05:12pm
im sorry for your loss john and clarissa and the rest of the family i worked at pratt with both john and clarissa and know what she ment to john i also went to kennebunk high with debbie didnt know her well but im sorry for ll of your loss hard to lose someone so important in our lives linda lank tripp

Kim Johnson

Posted at 03:07pm
I will always remember her for her strength, honesty and courage. I will forever admire her for never giving up on anything or anyone. You've been such a big part of my life for as long as I can remember, and those memories of us all being together as a family throughout the years, are one's I will cherish the most. Our family gatherings just wont be the same without you and your amazing Whoopie Pies! You made the best there ever was. I love you, Aunt Deb

Diana Knowlton

Posted at 09:30pm
I am so incredibly sad to hear of my childhood friend’s passing; we grew up across the river, and I spent time
with her at her grandparent’s house as Bobby’s girlfriend and friend to her three sisters and brother Doug. Debbie
was such a kind and warm person, and I am profoundly glad to have known her. Rest in peace.

Diana (Nedeau) Knowlton
Palm Springs, California

Corinne Van Peursem

Posted at 09:18pm
She was the older sister, the one that Clarissa and I loved to antagonize. She was spoiled rotten by our Grandmother, which is probably why, when it was her turn, she would do anything for her own grandchildren. Debbie never entertained gossip, never held a grudge, and ALWAYS kept a secret. Because of her demeanor, we called her Little Grammie, which was a true compliment. Debbie didn't seek attention, didn't need fancy things, although was appreciative of the bling John bestowed on her! She gave with her heart. She was religious without being a bible thumper. She never preached, she simply lead by example. I will miss my sister, more than I can ever express. She was my big sister, until she became my friend, my confidant, the person I trusted most with my thoughts. She never judged, she always listened. I wasn't ready to let her go, but God needed another Angel. I love you Debbie.

Amanda Berube Cote

Posted at 05:58pm
I’ll always remember the times in my childhood going to Debbie and John’s home to swim in the pool. They were so kind and welcoming and I always had the best time. I will miss seeing her kind smile and am sending thoughts and prayers to her husband and family.

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