‹ Return to Current Obituaries
Send a Sympathy Card
Plant Memorial Trees


Fredendall Funeral Home
Sunday September 11th, 2022
11:00am - 1:00pm

View Details

Deborah Douglass

Deborah Douglass, 69, of Berne, passed away unexpectedly December 16, 2021, with family by her side. She was born to the late Robert and Phyllis Owen. Originally from Wappingers Falls, she moved to Berne with her parents and children in 1985.

She started working for the Berne-Knox-Westerlo school district as a bus driver soon after moving. Although she had retired years before, she continued working as a substitute, as she loved driving and the kids. When she was not working she enjoyed 'glamping', traveling to surrounding states to see the sights, take pictures, sit by the firepit, and of course, making new or visiting with old friends and family. Her family and friends were her world, she would make sure to check in- sometimes daily, and ensure that you made it safely wherever you were going and to know she was thinking of you. She enjoyed being on the hill, being able to watch and talk to the deer, turkey, fox, and occasional bear, while also making sure she took pictures of them playing so she could share these experiences with others. Her love of animals was evident, from her weekly bags of leftovers for her four legged grand babies, to all the pictures in her phone of various animals (real or fake), and her wolf collection throughout her home. She also enjoyed watching hot air balloons and fireworks. She would drive an hour each way to watch a 15 minute display.
She was known to many as a second mom, sister, and daughter. She touched the lives of so many with her unconditional love, generosity, kindness, and humor. She would make friends wherever she went and enjoyed making others laugh and smile. She made sure that others knew she thought about them and loved them.
She is survived by her long time partner in crime, William Swart Sr, her son, David Douglass, her daughter, Dawn Gibson, two grandchildren, Austin and Avery Gibson, as well as many aunts, uncles, neices, nephews, and cousins.
She will be greatly missed by all that knew her. Funeral/memorial services will be scheduled at a later date.


A candle was lit in memory of Deborah Douglass

Bobby LaMontain Feb 28 2022 2:35 PM

Bill, Dawn, Dave and the rest of the family,
My sincere condolences on the passing of your partner and mother. Although I haven't lived at the top of SIckle Hill for many years, I still consider the folks there as my neighbors and friends.

Kitt Jackson Jan 6 2022 10:01 AM

So sorry for your loss I loved working with Deb for the past 10 years her laughter and fun always filled the room I will so miss her and school will never be the same R.I.P. until we meet again.

Dave chase Dec 23 2021 7:58 PM

So very sorry for your familys loss. Our condolences to all.

Cindy Bevington Dec 23 2021 7:24 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Deborah Douglass

Richie Douglass Dec 23 2021 6:19 PM

Debbie was the sweetest lady. She treated my step son like one of her own grandkids. We are all so very sorry to hear of her passing. She will most certainly be missed. May she rest in eternal paradise.

Jim, Melissa and Tyler Harnett Dec 23 2021 5:42 PM

Debbie was always a good neighbor looking out for Sickle Hill!

Dianne Schanz Dec 23 2021 5:35 PM

She will be missed greatly. She use to stop often and talk about politics and always loved her smile and saying keep up the great work. Rip Debbie

Randy Bashwinger Dec 23 2021 4:56 PM

Such an amazing lady you were. You cared for my children on the bus as if they were your own. Rest in peace wonderful lady.

Mary Beth Peterson Dec 23 2021 3:26 PM

Mom, I love you so much! There are so many times I go to call you or text you and realize I can\'t anymore. I will always hear your voice and see your smile. I miss you more everyday and you are always in my thoughts. Keep everyone up there company until we meet again.

Dawn Gibson Dec 23 2021 1:08 PM