If your drooling dog doesn’t drool on a visitor, you shouldn’t either. If you met Debborah Ann (Fearnow) Winchester, then you knew this was a rule she lived by. Debbie became a guardian angel at the Rainbow bridge early Saturday morning, on February 22, 2014. Her spirit is carried on by her husband, daughter, sister, mother, grandchildren, dogs, and multitudes of friends and family from all walks of life. In her short 59-year journey, there were lessons she left with all of us, most notably:
• A house should always have dogs. Find the ones that need homes the most and give them a forever home. They will enrich your life in ways you never knew possible.
• Always cook way more food than you need to, and attempt to feed everyone you might think is hungry. Especially on Thanksgiving. Everyone should have their feet under a table at Thanksgiving, and send them home with leftovers.
• You can never have enough jewelry. Wear it often, and keep it in a butter bowl in the kitchen cabinets when you’re not.
• Drive the car you like, for life is too short not to. But always wear your seatbelt or she’d have to visit you later.
• Send cards for everything. People appreciate hand written notes and cards that express your sentiments. And everyone loves mail.
• Have fun on Friday night. Gather with friends, but get up early on Saturday morning to get your stuff done. Don’t miss the shopping deals or let the previous night’s capers get in your way of the weekend.
• Read as often as time allows. Keep the books you love and read them over and over. You are never lonely when you can live through a book.
• Communicate with everyone. Don’t be scared to make a new friend in the grocery store or the veterinarian’s office.
• Give the same respect to everyone, no matter how they are dressed or what they drive. You never know who is standing next to you in a sweatshirt and jeans.
• “Keep an eye on the sky.” Be prepared for any weather, and when a thunderstorm hits, put on your tennis shoes.
All in all, Debbie lived an illustrious life full of smiles and laughter. She fought for those that didn’t have a voice, whether they were friends, colleagues, or senior hounds that needed homes. Her mantra was simple, “Don’t Stop Believin’.
Debbie is survived by her husband Wayne, daughter Amanda Guilmain (Andy), mother Elaine Fearnow, sister Sharon Longman (Michael), two grandchildren, niece and nephew, four dogs, many friends that became family, and countless loved ones brought together by her passion, basset hound rescue.
Please join the family for a memorial celebration of Debbie’s life, held at Family Choice Funeral Home in Virginia Beach on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 6pm. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the charity of your choice.
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