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Deborah Hazel Dean, age 71

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

Arrangements are by A Natural State Funeral Service, 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas, 72076. 501-982-3400.


  • Ovid Lamb Posted August 13, 2021 7:16 PM

    deb was wonderful

  • Robert ray malcom Posted August 13, 2021 7:41 PM

    a good friend and classmate.

  • liz genz Posted August 15, 2021 11:08 AM

    we shared an office at Doctors hospital l and had a big time out side of work.

  • Linda Shearer Posted August 15, 2021 6:23 PM

    Debby and I had a lot of work experiences together and many personal ones. So sorry she had a lot of health problems recently. Sending deepest sympathy to her family

  • Justin Laffoon Posted August 15, 2021 8:42 PM

    Debby was a great clinician, social worker, and teacher. I had the fortunate opportunity to have her choose to be my field instructor when completing my masters degree. Debby expected only the best and wasn’t afraid to let you know when you weren’t giving 100%. I’m a better social worker and a better person because of her. I was also lucky enough to call her colleague when I accepted a position with the UAMS Myeloma Institute. I hated to see her retire and I’m heartbroken to learn of her passing.

  • Gillian Taylor Posted August 16, 2021 2:01 PM

    I was so sorry to hear of the loss of Debby.
    I knew Debby from many years of working with her at UAMS and had the highest regard and respect for her. She was always very professional and kind to her patients. f She will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.

  • Reba Gaines Posted August 16, 2021 4:23 PM

    I became acquainted with Debbie Dean when I began working at Doctors Hospital. She was not only a dynamic social worker but a dynamic person as well. My respect for her was huge. I just asked about her not long ago. My prayers and condolences to her family and her “four paws!”

  • Tricia Bradford Posted August 17, 2021 9:52 AM

    Debbie was one of my dear friends in high school. As friends do,we lost contact through the yrs. It saddened me as I came across her obituary, however, as I read about her life I wasn’t surprised by her many accomplishments.and the way she helped others. She was wonderful,beautiful and will be missed greatly by her family and others who had the pleasure of knowing her.

  • Lindy Bass Posted August 17, 2021 11:17 AM

    I’m sorry to hear this. I’ve done her hair for years and enjoyed our time so much!!

  • Joe Mateljan Posted August 17, 2021 9:23 PM

    Debbie was a great person. I enjoyed working with her at Docto’s Hospital. A very caring and wonderful person. So very sorry for your loss.

  • Micheal E Dean Posted August 29, 2021 2:21 PM

    I sure will miss my beautiful cousin but will see you again one day when our savior Calls the rest of us home

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