Debra Ann (Darville) Singer, of Sarasota, Fla., and Peabody, passed away on February 10, 2020 at the age of 63.
She was born in Miami, Fla. “Debi,” as she was always referred to, spent her childhood growing up in the Bahama Islands and in Florida. She met her husband Steve at the famous nightclub Studio 54 on a trip to New York City in 1980. That same year, she moved to Massachusetts to be with Steve, where she began working while Steve attended Suffolk University Law School. Married in 1987, Debi and Steve had been living in Peabody, where they stayed and raised their two daughters, Leah and Cara.
Debi was a true life force. She was filled with optimism and always wore a smile. She lived by the simple motto, “Live, Laugh, Love.” Her positive attitude got her through some very difficult times as her life went on. Her laughter was contagious, and she was always there to bring love, joy and happiness to her family and friends. Family was always a priority. Never a person to say “no,” she always led by example and was the consummate volunteer. While raising her daughters, she became everybody’s “mom.” All who came in contact with her truly loved her. Until this day, she has left a lasting impression on her extended family members, including her in-laws, her nieces, and her nephews, as well as her friends and the many friends of her daughters.
In addition to her many other abilities, Debi was an extremely talented artist. Part of her legacy are the many beautiful paintings that she created during her lifetime that will always be there for her family to admire. Whatever Debi put her mind to, she did it, and did it well. Her courage in the face of adversity could hardly be matched.
Debi is survived by her husband Steve, her loving daughters Leah and Cara and their significant others Brooke Vreeland and Mark DiOrio, her brothers Jack Darville of Sarasota, Fla., and Ray Darville of Nassau, Bahamas, and her in-laws Sylvia and Donald Singer of Boynton Beach, Fla., fondly referred to as “Mum and Dad.” Debi was preceded in death by her father Raymond Darville and her mother Jacquelyn Darville.
The Robert Toale & Sons Funeral Home, 1221 53rd Ave E, Bradenton, Fla., was entrusted with final care. Funeral services are private. A celebration of Debi’s life will be celebrated in the near future in Massachusetts. Donations in Debi’s memory may be made to The Muscular Dystrophy Association, 2801 Fruitville Road #140, Sarasota, FL 34237.