Deborah Eileen Foulk, 68, of Dunnellon, Florida, passed away on Saturday, April 28, 2018, surrounded by her beloved animals, all of whom she had rescued. She was born on April 25, 1950 in Columbus, Ohio to Herschel and Phyllis Bauer. Deborah was always an advocate for animals. As her son Stephen says, a “paramount animal rescuer and protector”. Deborah’s generosity of spirit extended well beyond the animal kingdom, as she has been described as being “giving to a fault”. One of her favorite things was country music, especially Little Big Town and their song, “Pontoon”. Also, the actors Sam Elliott and Shemar Moore were very high priorities on Deborah’s list of favorite things or people. Her love of crime and detective shows went far beyond just Criminal Minds, though – her passion for them left many of her loved ones believing that if anyone in the family knew how to get away with murder, it was going to be Deborah!
Deborah was very much a proud patriot of her country, one who possibly was the proudest of her son and his time spent in not one, but two military branches. Stephen would call his mom when he was overseas during war-time whenever he was given the opportunity, particularly if maybe he had imbibed just a little too much alcohol. Deborah would ask him, “Do you know what time it is?”, to which he would answer that he did not. “Do you know where you are?”. Again, Stephen would have to tell his mother that he did not know where on earth he was, but he always managed to call home and check in with her regardless.
There is a special bond between mothers and sons. Over time, they develop their own inside jokes and almost their own language. A perfect example of this bond between Deborah and Stephen would occur around 2010, when the two were discussing her friend who suffered from a very sensitive gag reflex. Deborah had previously had all of her teeth pulled, so one has to have seen the look on Stephen’s face when she said that she, too, would gag when brushing her teeth. “How….? Why…..?”, asked Stephen, as he envisioned his mother cradling her chompers in one hand and scrubbing away at them furiously with a toothbrush in the other, all the while making the awkward choking-gagging noises at them. Needless to say, the two broke out into fits of laughter at the visual, and that one, strange moment became the center of much of their shared humor for many years.
Deborah is predeceased by her parents, Herschel A. and Phyllis Eileen Bauer (nee Small).
She is survived by her son, Stephen Eric Dober and his wife, Kathy, whom she loved as her own daughter; by her sisters, Carole Malone and Jackie Walcutt; and by her grandchildren, Abigail and Codey Chester.
Any services for Deborah will be private and at the discretion of her immediate family. Memorial contributions are much appreciated and can be made in her name through the ASPCA at https://secure.aspca.org/donate/ps-gn-20180416-p1?linked=1