Deborah White Pavelka left this world on Oct. 31, 2010 to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Debby is in a better place today than she has been for the past several years, having struggled with the early onset of Alzheimer’s. Praise God for all those Angels that have cared for Debby during that time in our home, at Arden Court of Fort Myers and from Hope Hospice.
Debby will be missed by her loving husband Ray, daughter Betsy (James) Hanks and Amy Pavelka, two beautiful grandchildren, Jacob and Katherine Hanks, her father James C. White, brothers Jim Jr. (Sonya) and Waldo (Loretta) and nieces and nephew Tory, Ashley and Jay. Debby was predeceased by her loving mother Ruth Babcock White in 1998.
Debby was born in 1949, grew up in Ithaca, N.Y. with a special love for music, dancing, nature and competitive swimming, having set many records in the YMCA pools of upstate New York. Debby graduated from Ithaca High School (The Little Red) in 1967 and the University of Rochester in 1971, returning to Ithaca to work in her field of Library Science.
Debby moved to Captiva Island in 1974 to join her future husband Ray and to share in their Florida adventures; a long anticipated wedding in 1979, a move to Fort Myers in 1981, starting a family in 1982 and expanding that family in 1986. Debby was very active at Sanibel Community Church and a tireless volunteer for the Sanibel Elementary and Cypress Lake School PTA’s. She also was an all-star tennis player on several Dunes Golf and Country Club teams.
We will all miss Debby’s beautiful smile, outgoing personality and sense of humor… until we meet again!
A Celebration of Life Service will be announced at a later date. Memorial gifts may be sent in Debby’s name to Hope Hospice, 9470 HealthPark Circle, Fort Myers, FL 33908, or the Alvin A. Dubin Alzheimer’s Resource Center, 10051 McGregor Blvd., Suite 101, Fort Myers, FL 33919.