Deborah Sue Dafonte

December 2, 1953 - October 17, 2013
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On October 17, 2013, Deborah Sue Dafonte, age 59, passed away at Christus St. John Hospital in Nassau Bay, TX. Born Deborah (Debbie) Carter on December 2, 1953, in Tampa, FL., she attended St. Patrick’s Elementary School and graduated from Ball High School in 1972. She played catcher for the Lassie League softball from age 8 until she graduated from high school. Debbie spent most of her life in Port Bolivar retiring from UTMB’s asset management department after 10 years of service. Debbie and her family moved to La Marque, TX. in 2008 where she lived until her death. Debbie was an avid fisherwoman, a talented cook, loved to play computer games, and spending time with friends and family; especially her grandchildren. Debbie battled cancer for 16 years and was active in several Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure activities, proudly wearing her favorite color, pink whenever possible.

Debbie was preceded in death by her parents, John and Violet Carter; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Benito and Mary Dafonte; cousin, Robin Reznicek; grandmother, Marguarite (Nonnie) Carter; and uncle, Joe Silva.

She is survived by her husband of 40 years, Dario Dafonte; son, Jon-Paul (wife Dr. Christy Dafonte); daughter, Jenny (husband Jesus Enriquez); son, Jered (fiancé Christina Meeks); 5 grandchildren: Ethan, Sean, J’Amya, Jered Jr., and Neil; sister, Cathi Griego (husband Max Griego); brother, John Carter (wife Cathy Carter); aunt, Rosita Johnson; brothers-in-law, William Dafonte and John Dafonte (wife Tammy Dafonte); sister-in-law, Pat Dafonte; and numerous nieces, nephews, additional relatives and friends.

Debbie’s family will receive visitors beginning at 5:00 pm, Monday, October 21st, at Malloy & Son Funeral Home. Rosary service will follow at 7:00 pm.

Funeral Mass will be Tuesday, October 22nd at St. Patrick Catholic Church starting at 10:00 am. Father John Taosan, OFM, will serve as celebrant for the service. Burial will be at Port Bolivar Community Cemetery at 1:00 pm.

Pallbearers will be John Carter, Max Griego, Gino Griego, Johnny Griego, Mark Nezat, Melvin Senegal, and Ethan McAlpin.

Debbie’s family wishes to express their sincerest thanks to Dr. Khouri, Dr. Hassan, Lisa, and Yvonne at MD Anderson Hospital for all their compassionate care.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

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Born: December 2, 1953
Died: October 17, 2013

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Cathi Griego posted on 11/30/-1

I love you sis your are my best Fiend and will miss you so much


Cathy Vincent posted on 11/30/-1

I am writing this message for my sister Cathy Vincent. Cathy is out of state right now, but heard of your sorrow. Her thoughts are with you, prayers are sent to you and family. Cathy Vincent (written by her sister doadoa)


Terri Luker posted on 11/30/-1

All my prayers go out to all your family for your loss . I know that this is a hard thing to cope with at this time. Cathy and Johnny Boy, I'm thinking of you both .


George and Rita Lind posted on 11/30/-1

Sincere sympathy during this difficult time. Your family will be remembered in prayer.


Susan Kesel posted on 11/30/-1

Dario and Family, So sorry to hear of Debbie's passing. We all know that she is now healthy and has joined her loved ones in heaven. Prayers for the strength you will need to live without that beautiful smile.


Doris Rogers posted on 11/30/-1

So sorry to read of Debbie's passing this morning on Facebook. I always remember how sweet and loving she always was, never having an unkind word for anyone. I remember going to her and Janet's ballgames and having so much fun with the two of them. MY sincere sorrow in your family's loss and Debbie will be remembered in my prayers and I will offer up my Mass this weekend for her. God Bless all of you. My love, Doris


Deborah Pimentel posted on 11/30/-1

Jenny, I am so sorry for your loss, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayer. Deborah


Mark Nezat posted on 11/30/-1

Debbie I myself will miss you a lot. Its been a long 16 years being ill but you took up your cross and carried it.I was always welcome in youre home as was many others.If you had to define mother in the dictionary. It would say Debbie Sue Carter Dafonte.You was the kind of mother most could only dream of.Im glad at my moment in this lifetime I was able to be in your prescence.Love you forever Debbie and welcome home your journey called life has delivered you to youre eternal life.I know you was welcomed with open arms.Until we meet again.Watch over us.


Sherri Page posted on 11/30/-1

Perhaps they are not the stars, but rather openings in Heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know that are happy. RIP dear Debbie, you are loved and will be greatly missed.


Pam Alford posted on 11/30/-1

Sending much love and prayers to Debbie's family. She was so brave and fought a long fight. Thankful for God's mercy and knowing she is no longer in pain and we all have the opportunity to see her again one day. Praying you all can feel God's peace and loving arms around you. Pam Alford (Love you Cathi)


Denise Blanchard Galza posted on 11/30/-1

A childhood friend, Debbie was so sweet and kind. Her voice was always so melodic and soothing. I loved to hear her talk. I still can't believe that she's gone, after such a long battle. The Good Lord decided to bring her home.