Deborah Dee Hoffpauir, 57, passed away Tuesday, July 14th, in Galveston. She was born February 19, 1958, in Port Arthur, Texas. She grew up and attended school in Vidor, Texas. After she left school, she moved to Houston and worked at various jobs.
Deborah moved to Galveston in 2001 after Tropical Storm Allison flooded her home in Houston. She immediately fell in love with the island and the people on it. She decided to move to Galveston permanently and vowed never to leave. She found work on the island, providing home health care to an elderly couple for the last 11 years. Deborah learned to fish, crab, and throw a seine net. She enjoyed teaching her nephew, Duncan, and all his friends how to catch and clean fish. However, she was happiest just walking along the beach in the evenings with her dog, Chula.
Deborah is preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Pauline Smith, and her sister, Judy Jarrell. They were waiting to welcome her Home. She is survived by her partner of 28 years, Santos; her sisters, Amy Neblin of San Antonio, Jo Dale Miller of Cypress, and Sharon Kyles of Humble; her brothers, Tommy Smith of Tyler and Jason Smith of Miami; several nieces and nephews, grand nieces and nephews, and even some great-grand nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held for Debbie at 11:00am this Saturday, August 1st, at Malloy & Son Funeral Home, 3028 Broadway, Galveston.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Deborah’s name be made to one of two organizations she held close to her heart: the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team (1 Billy Graham Parkway, Charlotte, NC, 28201) or the Galveston Island Humane Society (6814 Broadway, Galveston, TX, 77554). The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team was a godsend to Debbie after Hurricane Ike, helping her clear out her house and reaffirming her belief in the goodness of her fellow man. The Galveston Island Humane Society went out of their way to keep her animals watered and fed while she was in the hospital.