Deborah Crary Jamieson passed from this world to the next, succumbing to ALS. It is cliche to describe one’s “courageous battle” with disease; Debbie did indeed fight, but her most impressive victory was acceptance of the inexorable decline in body, but not in mind, with grace. She knew what she was up against, experienced much pain, fear and sorrow at what she knew was coming, but was determined to, and did, make the best of it. She willed that she would look for joy wherever she could. As everyone who knew Debbie well understands, she was very strong-willed; ALS took everything else, but could never take that from her.
Debbie was a beautiful and talented soul, intensely intelligent, perceptive, empathetic and loving. All that wrapped up with a wicked sense of humor. And a pretty dialed-in BS meter.
Her life was spent in pursuit of meaning and love, which she found, gave and received in abundance. She spoke and wrote with eloquence, particularly through her music, which was her passion from childhood until her last day. She played guitar with skill and sang with a natural and strong voice. Never a wrong note. Comfortable in a variety of musical styles, Debbie communicated beauty, meaning and fun through her poetry and melody. She left behind a body of work to admire and cherish, one of her gifts to those she has left behind.
Debbie was born in Coral Gables, Florida, and moved as a teenager to Homer, Alaska. As an adult, she lived mostly in Alaska and Florida, and leaves many friends and family in both comers of the country. Her early career was with the Anchorage Daily News; her middle career
was in raising her two sons. Then she obtained her bachelor’s degree in social work, summa cum laude, from Florida Gulf Coast University. Her final career was devoted mostly to her husband, friends and music.
Debbie found the love of her life, Michael Roberts, through music, and together they played many venues and festivals throughout Florida. As her disease manifested and progressed, Michael was ever-present, loving and always in her comer to help and comfort. When she decided enough was enough, he was by her side.
Debbie is survived by her mother, Anne Robinson; her sons, Mason Perry (Andrea Miller) and Isaac Perry; her siblings Susan Robinson and Brewster Jamieson (Sheryle Jamieson); and many nieces, nephews and cousins. And, of course, many friends. She was preceded in death by her daughter Hope Rose, her father Lewis Crary Jamieson, and her Stepfather Richard Robinson. Her journey out of this world was eased by her caregiver and friend, Cassandra Miller, who formed an incredible bond with Debbie, and seemed to read her mind and anticipate her every need.
There is so much more to say, but words cannot really capture in full this remarkable woman, unfairly and prematurely taken from those she loved, and those who loved her.
Baldwin Brothers Funeral and Cremation Society is honored to servie the family of Deborah Jamieson.