Deborah Hazel Dean, age 71, passed away on Wednesday, August 11, 2021. She was born on December 4, 1949 in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Debby grew up in North Little Rock. She graduated from North Little Rock High School and State College of Arkansas (now UCA), obtaining a master’s degree in clinical sociology from UALR. Her career in the medical field included Doctors Hospital and UAMS, where she retired as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, instructing nurses on the administration of chemotherapy and counseling with families. She also served as an adjunct professor at UALR. She enjoyed traveling to Mexico, Belize and Santa Fe, New Mexico, collecting pottery, artifacts and anything rustic.
Debby was a lifelong animal lover and took in animals that others did not want. She was of the Nazarene faith, growing up attending church at First Church of the Nazarene in North Little Rock.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Leonard and Blanche Dean and survived by her brother Lyndel (Sue) Dean of Cabot, nieces Cindy Pearson of Maumelle and Amy (Brian) Jones of Sherwood and five great nieces and nephews. Her small companion dogs Che Che, Cha Cha and Gypsy will miss her dearly.
A private family service will be held at a future date. In lieu of flowers, we know Debby would be honored if memorials were made to St. Jude’s Research Center or The Nature Conservancy. To share a memory of Debby, please visit Debby’s online guestbook at www.anaturalstatefuneralservice.com
Arrangements are by A Natural State Funeral Service, 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas, 72076. 501-982-3400.