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Deborah Maroney (09-10-2015)
Photo of Deborah MaroneyDeborah “Debbie”
Lue Maroney was born
on October 23, 1957 to
proud parents John and
Nancy Maroney. On the
day she was born in October,
the good Lord said
there could only be one
Debbie, and the mold
was broken. The Lord
called her to Heaven on
September 4, 2015.
Debbie grew up with
wonderful memories
and adventures with
her brother John, Jr.
and her sisters Karen
Rene and Kristi Shannon. The many family stories
they could tell could fill a book. She had wonderful
times and memories attending Sherrouse Elementary,
Swartz Jr. High, and later Ouachita High School where
she was a member of the dance team, The Ouachita
Dandelions. She graduated from Ouachita in 1975,
and that same year was crowned Miss Louisiana
Teenager. She always enjoyed her class reunions and
expressed how much her recent 40th meant to her.
Debbie was always a beautiful girl whose smile could
light up a room, but her true beauty was found on the
inside in her kind, loving ways. She and her entire
family attended College Place Baptist Church where
they were part of almost every aspect of church life.
She loved to sing and traveled the country for years
with the College Place Baptist Youth Choir. Until her
passing, she had constantly remained in close contact
and friendships with the College Place Baptist Church
former Youth gang. Debbie graduated from ULM with
a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing. She loved life and all
the people and for years practiced her passion and
calling of Nursing at North Monroe Hospital in the
emergency room and endocscopy where she was loved
by so many. Among many of her other accomplishments,
were working as a flight nurse, Department
of Homeland Security and the American Red Cross.
Debbie had a passion for animals her whole life and recently said that although she loved nursing, she
probably should have been a veterinarian. She founded
Krewes Rescues, which was her very own rescue program
to help save animals in need. Among her many rescues,
her constant companions were her beloved Vizslas and
her longtime companion, Dakota.
Debbie never let life get the best of her. Despite two
failed hip replacements, and the complications that followed,
she remained active and always smiling. She was
always full of fun and had a quick wit and was always
happily doing the unexpected. Recently, she sent out a
picture via her smart phone of the aerial view of herself
at the top of a very high tree rescuing an injured cat. The
physical impossibility of such a feat was not impossible
for her due to her compassion and determination to rescue
animals. Only a girl named Debbie Maroney could
or would do that, and this was typical Debbie. A Bible
verse that was used to describe her father also describes
Debbie and is as follows: “A Merry heart doeth good, like
a medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones.” Proverbs
17:22 She was most always merry, tried her best to be
optimistic, no matter the circumstances. Debbie was always
able to accomplish what looked like the impossible.
Debbie always said her greatest accomplishments in
her life were her two sons, Matt, Jr. and Michael “Fuzz”,
and she was always their biggest fan! The wonderful
grandchildren that they blessed her with brought her
such tremendous joy and happiness!
Debbie was preceded in death by her father, former
local engineer, John G. Maroney in 2007. She was the
perfect blend of both her mother and her father in her
generous and loving spirit. People would say she was
the spitting image of her father. Just like her Dad, she
never met a stranger and she was always full of fun, love,
compassion, laughter, and a heart of gold. Her beloved
dog Sassy preceded her in death as well.
Debbie is survived by her Mother, Nancy Maroney
Hall & husband Dave; 2 sons, Matt A. Jones & wife Pam
and Michael “Fuzz” Jones & wife Haley; 1 brother, John
G. Maroney, Jr. & wife June; 2 sisters, Karen Maroney
Bennett & husband Frank and Kristi Maroney Nolan &
husband Yancey; grandchildren, Elizabeth, Chaz, Ashley
& husband Jason Elee, Jr., Chandler, Weston and Matti
Claire; great grandchild, Cason; 11 nieces & nephews,
John, Jacob Robert, Hannah, Connor, Landry, Lucy,
Alex, Anna Grace, Yancey, Jr., John Brady and Nancy
Claire; Special friends & family, Krystal Hunt, Lacey
Hobson, Becky DeMoss, Foster Brother Billy Brown &
wife Barbara and daughters, and many other friends;
Father of her sons, Matt A. Jones, Sr. & wife Rene and
daughter Lily Kate; and her beloved Vizslas and Dakota
and the many other dogs and cats she rescued and called
her “Fur Babies.”
Debbie, despite the many obstacles she faced in life,
always remained positive and smiling. The following
seems fitting for such